Passing Amendment 2 with 71.25% of the vote, Florida’s sick and suffering will now enjoy expanded access to medical marijuana.
Last night’s passage of this critical constitutional amendment was sealed with the help of Tallahassee voters, who supported the measure by a respectable 90%.
Aiding residents afflicted with a host of “debilitating” conditions, Florida’s new medical-marijuana program will modify Florida’s Constitution and allow those suffering from, Cancer, Epilepsy, Glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Crohn’s Disease, and Parkinson’s to access the medicinal herb.
After first being rejected in 2014 by the voters, United for Care went back to the proverbial drawing board. Rewritten and clarified for easier consumption, the 2016 measure modified its hazy verbiage and clearly spelled out the parental requirements for minor consent. Also highly modified, the new Amendment 2 clarified the role of caregivers and the potential for medical malpractice related to any “negligent prescribing” of medical marijuana.
Joining 26 states plus the District of Columbia in legalizing medical marijuana, Florida’s Department of Health (FDH) will regulate how medicine can be distributed in addition to mandating identification cards for caregivers and patients. Projected to start no later than July 2017, the Department of Health has seven months to agree on the new amendment’s modified regulations. And, beginning October 2017, Florida’s medical marijuana cultivators, dispensary owners, testing facilities and supplemental businesses should begin registering with the state, as FHD begins issuing their state ID cards for patients with qualifying conditions.
Florida Medical Marijuana Program Requirements
- A patient must have been diagnosed with a qualifying condition.
- A patient must be a Florida resident.
- If under the age of 18, a patient must have a second physician agree to the use of low-THC cannabis or medical cannabis in order to obtain an order from a qualified physician.
- A patient must have tried other treatments without success.
- An ordering physician must determine the risks of using low-THC cannabis or medical cannabis are reasonable in light of the benefit to the patient.
- A patient must be registered with the Compassionate Use Registry by their ordering physician.
Rejecting Sheldon Adelson’s cross-country interference and his mountain of cash, Florida’s voters embraced John Morgan’s vision of real medical marijuana. Potentially planting the seeds for other constitutional amendments aimed at legalizing medical marijuana across this great country, many believe Florida’s passage was a shot across the bow of federally enforced prohibition.