FLORIDA MEDICAL MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION INITIATIVE
On November 8, 2016 Amendment 2 was approved by voters in the general election in the State of Florida.
The bill received a super-majority vote to pass, with more than 71% of voters voting in support of a state constitutional amendment.
Medical Marijuana Use in Florida
Allows medical use of marijuana for Florida residents with debilitating medical conditions as determined by a Florida certified doctor.
Amendment 2 also authorizes caregivers to help patients' in the medical use of marijuana.
The Department of Health registers and regulate medical marijuana centers that cultivate and dispense marijuana for medical purposes and issues identification cards to patients and caregivers.
Amendment 2 only applies to Florida law and it does not immunize violations of federal law or any non‑medical use, possession or production of marijuana.
IS MEDICAL MARIJUANA LEGAL IN FLORIDA?
Amendment 2: Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana
Yes, Florida residents have access to protections under Amendment 2. The purpose of Amendment 2 is to alleviate those suffering and provide an alternative to over the counter drugs.
Qualifying Conditions are:
HIV Human immunodeficiency virus
AIDS Acquired immune deficiency syndrome
PTSD Post-traumatic stress syndrome
ALS Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
MS Multiple sclerosis
Any condition that originates from a qualified medical condition or other debilitating medical conditions comparable to those above
Medical marijuana may be given to the patient if a certified physician believes that the medical use of marijuana would outweigh the potential health risks for a patient.
Smoking the medication was not originally allowed.
The smoking of medical marijuana ban was struck down by Leon County Circuit Court Judge Karen Gievers on May 25, 2018.
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