The Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, also known as Amendment 2, took effect January 3, 2017.
Since 2015, medical marijuana doctors in Florida have been able to provide only non-smoked marijuana with low THC levels to qualifying patients. Medical cannabis products, which have a larger dose of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), have only been available to patients who have been certified terminally ill by two doctors.
Amendment 2 expanded the list of approved conditions for full-strength medical marijuana to:
▪ Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
▪ Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease)
▪ Crohn’s disease
▪ Parkinson’s disease
▪ Multiple sclerosis
▪ Other debilitating conditions as deemed necessary by doctors
A patient must first seek treatment from a qualified physician. A qualified physician must input the patient into the Medical Marijuana Use Registry. Once the physician inputs the patient’s information, the patient must apply and be approved for a medical marijuana use identification card. Once approved, patients must go to or seek delivery from an approved medical marijuana treatment center.
Other provisions of Amendment 2:
- Requires parental consent before a minor can be certified by a physician to receive medical marijuana.
- Permits caregivers to assist patients with marijuana treatments as long as that person possesses a caregiver identification card issued by the state. Caregivers must undergo a background check and are not allowed to use marijuana themselves.
- Shields physicians from criminal or civil actions for issuing patient certifications.
No existing Florida law allows smokeable marijuana for patients; Amendment 2 doesn’t specifically address smokeable marijuana, so it’s unclear if it will be allowed.
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