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Smoking Medical Marijuana is Now Legal in Florida

With the surge of medical marijuana and CBD-THC -free products across the US, medical patients in Florida can rest assured that they can legally obtain medical marijuana for certain health and pain-related conditions at a medical marijuana dispensary in Florida.

Florida’s Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act was signed into law on June 16, 2014, by Governor Rick Scott. This act allowed for specialized doctors in Florida to order low- THC cannabis for patients from January 2015.

That said, recreational marijuana is illegal in Florida, and medical patients that need medical cannabis have to go through Florida’s system of obtaining a medical marijuana card to use at a medical marijuana dispensary.

A Florida doctor must follow certain conditions before being allowed to order low-THC cannabis for Florida patients. These conditions include the following:

  •  The physician must be licensed under Chapter 458 and 459 of the Florida Statutes
  •  Attend an 8-hour training class
  •  Write and pass an examination

With Florida federally legalizing hemp in 2018, there are numerous CBD companies selling hemp online. By 2019, smokable medical marijuana was made legal in Florida, although there is still a bit of a wait to get a prescription. March 18, 2019, Bill provisions include the following:

  •  Allows the possession and use of smokable medical marijuana from a medical marijuana dispensary. 
  •  It allows for the use of a marijuana delivery service used for smoking marijuana to be purchased from a vendor other than a medical marijuana treatment center.
  •  Regulates the amount of smokable marijuana to no more than a 35- day supply for a 35-day period, or no more than one 70-day supply for a 70-day period.
  •  The 35-day supply cannot amount to more than 2.5 ounces, with patients not allowed to have more than 4 ounces of smokable marijuana at a time.
  • Dispensed marijuana products need to remain in their original packaging.
  •  Patients are prohibited from smoking medical marijuana in public, at work, or on private property when not permitted by the owner.

That said, medical marijuana can only be purchased at a medical marijuana dispensary in Florida.

Reasons for Legalization

Over 70% of Florida voters approved wanted medical marijuana approved by 2016. Voters believed that qualified medical patients should have the right to smoke medical marijuana or take it in whichever form they most preferred. 

There was also Florida’s appeal of a lawsuit following the ban. Today, chronic pain is the most common reason patients use to get the state-approved medical marijuana card in Florida. They need to get a marijuana card first so that they can visit a medical marijuana dispensary.

Patients Options

Marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug under Federal Law, which means Federal Law supersedes State Law. Marijuana that contains a high amount of THC is effective for patients with different medical conditions such as:

  •  Autism
  •  ADHD
  •  Chemotherapy
  •  Parkinson’s Disease
  •  To increase appetite
  •  Pain management
  •  Glaucoma
  •  Depression

Risks and Opportunities 

Long-term research is still not available as to the safety of all CBD products. Harvard adds that “without sufficient high-quality evidence in human studies we can’t pinpoint effective doses, and because CBD is currently being mostly available as an unregulated supplement, it’s difficult to know exactly what you are getting. If you decide to try CBD, talk with your doctor — if for no other reason than to make sure it won’t affect other medications you are taking,” adds Dr. Grinspoon, MD, Harvard Health Publishing. 

Whether you’re purchasing medical marijuana from a medical marijuana dispensary or THC-free CBD, patients need to question where their product comes from, and who is responsible for the final quality of the product. The US made medical marijuana and CBD-THC-free products tend to be a higher-quality product with fewer contaminants like heavy metals and pesticides.

Quality control measures in the US come into play in a big way of protecting consumers. That said, consumers still need to ask for a certificate of analysis or COA to examine the analytical testing of the final medical marijuana product from a third-party lab. This guarantees safety and a high –quality product for all patients. 

A medical marijuana dispensary in Florida will have to follow certain rules and regulations, and can only start dispensing medical marijuana after obtaining a receipt of a medical marijuana dispensary license. 

Keep in mind that Florida law requires that medical marijuana patients meet up with their provider at least twice a year. In 2019, the Florida School board also approved a plan to establish a policy to allow for the use of medical marijuana from a medical marijuana dispensary. With medical dispensaries generating millions in sales this year, it’s not surprising that medical marijuana patients may have a hard time making a choice with the huge array of cannabis products, and extended CBD brand lines.

Author:

Olivia Davis is an enthusiastic, creative author and the Communications Assistant at Dr.Green Relief – Medical Marijuana Doctors. Our mission is to aid patients with qualifying conditions to get their MMJ Card so they can use, possess and cultivate medical marijuana legally.

 

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