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Florida Medical Marijuana Laws To Proceed Along Two Tracks In 2016

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What Kinds of Marijuana Will Qualified Patients Be Able To Buy In Florida in 2016?

As noted in an earlier article here, the Florida legislature appears to be amending the Right to Try Act to allow terminally-ill patients to use even euphoric strains of marijuana. This makes sense. Those who are terminally ill deserve to be able to seek whatever kinds of legal treatments they can to help their condition or to improve their qualify of life. This means that Florida marijuana laws will proceed along two different tracks until the laws and regulations under the United for Care Florida marijuana petition are passed and take effect.

How To Legally Buy Low-THC Medical Marijuana In Florida

For those who have cancer, seizures, and muscle spasms (but who are not terminally ill), those will be legally allowed to be prescribed low-THC marijuana by approved Florida marijuana doctors and to buy Florida marijuana grown by the 5 licensed Florida dispensaries after getting their prescription entered into the Florida Compassionate Use Registry.

How To Legally Buy Euphoric Medical Marijuana In Florida

For those who are terminally ill (and assuming that the Right to Try amendments discussed here are ultimately passed by the Florida legislature and signed by the Governor), those patients will be able to buy Florida marijuana in any strain grown and sold by a licensed medical marijuana dispensary in Florida (after getting a prescription by an approved Florida medical marijuana doctor and having that prescription entered into the Florida Compassionate Use Registry).

The Florida Marijuana Petition

However, the United for Care Florida marijuana petition which will be on the Florida ballot in November, 2016 and is expected to pass. Under this Florida marijuana petition, “qualifying patients” (which includes such “Debilitating Medical Conditions” as cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, or other debilitating medical conditions of the same kind or class as or comparable to those enumerated, and for which a physician believes that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for a patient ) will be able to receive a prescription and to legally buy Florida medical marijuana from any licensed Florida dispensary.

In sum, the state of Florida cannabis is likely to be in significant flux both this year and next. As always, the Florida Medical Marijuana Directory will keep you posted.

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