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

If you plan to grow your own Marijuana you will need some equipment such as grow tent, lights and soil. Do your research well before you start.  Whether you want to keep up with changes in marijuana legislation or if you are just looking for tips on how to stay well, check out our blog today.  

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The world is changing rapidly. The way we live has already changed. The way we work keeps changing. Entire industries are crumbling. Robots are eating jobs. People are scared of losing their jobs. Nobody is safe.

But people are empowered to express themselves more than ever. The opportunities to create, to become a part of a global conversation and transformation are now more than you can ever imagine. There are now more free online resources to help you start and pursue your life’s work.

You can take your idea, business, or career, and turn it into something truly successful and amazing. It’s easier to transform your passion into your job than finding a job that matches your what you love to do.

What will you do with that?

What will your place be in this new, interesting world? Will you have a voice? Will you be a creator, or just a consumer?

You can do something.

Do something interesting, meaningful, different, amazing and truly remarkable. You have a choice. Choose to show your most amazing work to the world.

Inappropriate attention to detail is the reason why you have not launched your work. By all means, get it right but don’t aim for perfection.

Constantly push to evolve your ideas, even if you are not ready to launch your life’s work yet. Don’t get stuck!

“Whatever you dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.”  Goethe

Be a part of the conversation, and say something remarkable. Create something unique, new, beautiful. Build upon the works of others and transform it into your own.

Don’t be subject to the tyranny of “how things have always been done”. Find your true north and push past the default.

Here is everything you can choose to do to build a life that matters to you

Start a blog, write at least a little each day. Write a book. Or an ebook. Share your tips with others online or through a free ebook. Write poetry and publish it on the web. Create interesting, lovely or funny videos, put them on You Tube.

Create an app that will solve a problem in people’s lives. Become a watchdog to replace the faltering newspapers. Explore the world, and blog about it.

Try something you’ve always been afraid to try, and put it on video. Be yourself, loudly. Start a new company, doing only one thing, but doing it very well.

Start a business that does a service you’ve always wanted, or that you are frustrated with in other companies because the service sucks. Put your heart into something.

Say something that no one else dares to say. Do something others are afraid to do. Help someone no one else cares to help. Make the lives of others better.

Make music that makes others want to weep, to laugh, to create. Inspire others by being inspiring. Teach young people to do amazing things. Write a play, get others to act in it, record it. Empower others to do things they’ve never been able to do before.

Read, and read, and then write. Love, and love, and then help others to love. Do something good and ask others to pass it on. Be profound. Find focus in a world without it.

Become minimalist in a world of dizzying complexity. Reach out to those who are frustrated, depressed, angry, confused, sad, hurt. Be the voice for those without one. Learn, do, then teach.

Meet new people, become fast friends. Dare to be wrong. Take lots and lots of pictures. Explore new cultures. Be different. Paint a huge mural. Create a web comic. Be a dork, but do it boldly.

Interview people. Observe people. Create new clothes. Take old stuff and make new stuff from it. Read weird stuff. Study the greats, and emulate them.

Be interested in others. Surprise people. Cook great food, and share it. Be open-minded. Help someone else start a small business. Focus on less but do it better.

Give people a ride in your car. Use Uber to your advantage. Start an online shop on Shopify. Create and sell stuff on Etsy.

Help others achieve their dreams. Put a smile on someone’s face, every day. Start an open-source project. Make a podcast. Start a movement. Be brave. Be honest. Be hilarious. Get really, really good at something. Practice a lot. A lot. Start now. Try.

If you’re willing to take the risk of sharing yourself and your ideas with the world, you can create value you will be proud of.

Show up everyday and work on your most important life work. Whether the outcome is magnificent or eternal, whether it changes people’s lives, changes the world, changes you or groundbreaking, it matters that you show up.

By focusing on doing the one thing that excites you, you not only give yourself a shot at putting in the effort to become amazingly great at something, but you also make it easier for potential customers or employers to see you as “the guy who’s really great at that thing.”

If you pursue your dreams long enough, compounding takes effect. Momentum will surge. Don’t give up just yet.  Action begets outcome. Outcome begets action. Rinse, lather and repeat and you have momentum. You’ll become unstoppable.

Start. Move, make, create, ship, do. Just start. That’s what entrepreneurs do. They start. They start something. Sometimes it is something big. Sometimes it is a big failure. Either way, they got stuff done.

Don’t invest in a career. Build a life. Take your dreams seriously.

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