In November 2016, Florida passed Amendment 2, or the Use of Marijuana for Debilitating Medical Conditions ballot, allowing medical marijuana to be cultivated and dispensed to qualified patients.
The ballot was created to ensure safe access and availability of medical cannabis to qualifying patients with debilitating conditions. Florida is the first state in the south to adopt proactive measures towards cannabis.
Under the new legislation, those with debilitating medical ailments determined by a licensed state physician will be allowed to use marijuana for medicinal purposes. Additionally, caregivers will be allowed to register with The Department of Health and assist qualifying patients with their medical use of marijuana. Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers are currently open to qualified medical patients and caregivers.
People seeking to be able to purchase medical marijuana in the state of Florida must qualify with a debilitating medical condition. Conditions accepted are listed as follows:
- Crohn’s Disease
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
Or any other debilitating medical condition of similar nature where a physician feels marijuana would benefit the patient.
Any patient with a qualifying medical condition seeking medical marijuana must first obtain a physician certification. A physician certification is a written document from a licensed doctor stating the validity of the patient’s debilitating medical condition, the doctor’s professional opinion that marijuana use would outweigh potential health risks for the patient and the recommended duration of medical marijuana use. Patients may only receive a physician certification after a physical examination and full medical history examination has been conducted. Minors may seek a physician certification for marijuana, however, a parent or legal guardian must sign for it in writing. You do not need to have all medical records to obtain your medical marijuana card, and we always recommend one of our own Krewe sponsors, Empathic Practice