Patients who suffered from epilepsy, chronic muscle spasms, cancer and terminal conditions were allowed under regulations Scott signed in 2016 and 2014 to receive full strength medical marijuana or either low-THC cannabis. This law adds individuals with AIDS and HIV, ailments, post-traumatic stress disorder, ALS, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and glaucoma.
The bill bans smoking the marijuana, despite amendment supporters saying it’s written to the language. John Morgan, who passed and played a crucial role in getting the amendment on the ballot, is expected to file suit.
This is a fantastic day for sick and suffering Floridians. “Today should be a striking reminder of the power of each and every individual’s vote. The people of Florida spoke loudly in November and the Legislature and the Governor have responded,” said Taylor Patrick Biehl, who help runs the Medical Marijuana Business Association of Florida.
The legislation also paves the way for 10 more medical marijuana treatment centers by Oct. 3, that’s the deadline for those rules to be enacted, along with the seven already operating. August will licenses five that implemented in 2015 but weren’t selected. The other five licensees contain one set aside for a group of farmers.
Amendment 2, approved by 71 percent of the voters in November, took effect on Jan. 3 and required that laws had to be set up by July 3 for how patients can qualify and receive the drug.
Medical marijuana products can be sold as vaping, edibles, oils, sprays or tinctures. Patients may receive an order for three supplies before having to visit with a doctor to get re-examined.