New laws have been passed that expand access to medical marijuana in Florida for patients and the market is expected to be huge.

Projections estimate that the medical marijuana market in Florida alone will exceed one billion dollars by 2020. That means that residents of the state will see changes in the way they access their medication and the variety of medications that are available.

Keep reading to learn more about how Florida’s laws are changing and to find out what you need to know to get started as a medical marijuana patient today.

1. New Conditions Have Been Approved

With its first medical cannabis bill in 2014, Florida passed the Compassionate Use Act which allowed patients that were suffering from cancer and epilepsy to have access to low-THC strains of marijuana.

The state further expanded its laws in 2016 when Floridians voted to pass the Right to Try Act granting access to full strength marijuana for those patients who are dealing with a terminal illness.  Some CBD oils are legal in all states like Life Patent CBD products.

With the passing of Amendment 2 later that year, seventy percent of Floridians voted to expand the medical cannabis program and establish operational guidelines for a host of eligible medical conditions.

Conditions that currently qualify a patient for medical marijuana under this amendment include:

  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV and AIDS
  • PTSD
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Terminal Illness
  • Chronic Pain
  • Other Comparable Conditions

2. Caregivers Have Regulations Too

Caregiver identification cards can be issued to individuals who have been designated by a qualified patient but only under certain conditions.

The caregiver must be at least 21 and a resident of the state and they must complete a certification course and register with the medical marijuana registry in the state. They will also be asked to submit to a background check.

3. You Can’t Grow Your Own Marijuana in Florida

Currently, medical marijuana in Florida is only available for purchase from a qualifying dispensary. Patients are not allowed to grow their own crops for consumption.

This stance is expected to change as the state becomes more comfortable with the medical marijuana industry. Keep an eye out for changes in the law.

4. The State Struggles to Keep Up With Demand

The Miami-Dade County and the Tampa Bay area are both huge population centers for the state that have authorized more than two hundred doctors each to prescribe medical marijuana to qualifying patients.

But newspapers in Florida have revealed that just because someone is able to obtain a medical marijuana card, doesn’t mean they will have access to the medication they need. You may have to wait to have your prescriptions filled.

Websites like Leafbuyer can be helpful for new patients looking for access to medical marijuana.

5. It Will Take About 30 Days to Get a Card

Although wait times vary, you should expect it to take at least thirty days to receive your medical marijuana card once your doctor has written you a prescription.

More Information

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