Medical Cannabis and Dispensaries in Florida
Florida has legalized the use of medical marijuana. Recreational marijuana has not yet been legalized. There was a ballot for the legalization of medical marijuana in Florida in 2014. But the bid failed. Later that year, medical marijuana was legalized by the legislature, and five vertically integrated licenses were approved towards the end of 2015.
To qualify for medical marijuana, two physicians must certify that a patient is suffering from a terminal condition that requires the use of medical marijuana. A year ago, an expansion of the Florida medical program was approved by Florida legislation. Before this, the program covered just chronic muscle spasms, terminal illnesses and epilepsy. Now thanks to the new regulations, those suffering from ALS, glaucoma, Parkinson’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, HIV/AIDS, Crohn’s disease and other conditions can have access to medical marijuana products. But even after this approval, a lot of patients have not had their application processed.
New dispensaries now allow patients that are registered with the state medical marijuana program to buy some types of medical marijuana. All those people who have the proper licence can buy various types of cannabis infused products from Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers. The products sold contain CBD and THC in the form of topicals creams, oral sprays, edibles, vape pen cartridges, oils, dried flowers etc.
Cannabis oil that is sold in Florida dispensaries has about 0.8% THC. The government considers this as medical marijuana, and it is subject to federal and state regulations. But CBD that is extracted from hemp has less than 0.3% of THC. So, it is not subject to these regulations. For all those who would like to help their health but they don’t have a medical marijuana licence in Florida, Hemp CBD oil can be an easy solution. They can get treated without the characteristic marijuana high that you get from THC products. Those that have cancer and epilepsy must only buy products that have lower than 0.8% THC and more than 10% CBD. For those with a terminal illness, they are allowed to buy marijuana with more than 0.8% THC. But this policy hasn’t been well implemented yet and creates several practical problems to the patients.
Edibles are always a great choice for all those patients that want to avoid all the unhealthy smoke. A lot of senior citizens and baby boomer generations qualify for medical marijuana.
As for recreational marijuana, residents will have to wait till 2020 before a chance to legalize it may come up. A total of 766,000 voter signatures is needed before it can be legalized. There have been two previous unsuccessful campaigns to gather the votes needed. According to Naples Daily News, Floridians for Freedom and Regulate Florida, two groups trying to gather the required votes, only collected about 30,000 and 40,000 signatures. The deadline for campaigns to submit petitions to the state is February 1. So, there won’t be any rec ballot measure for voters this year.