FLORIDA MEDICAL MARIJUANA BILL PASSES, HOW DOES THIS EFFECT YOU?
Tallahassee Florida June 14,2017
Florida Medical Marijuana Bill :
The long-awaited medical marijuana bill passed the House and Senate on June 9th in a special session of the Florida legislature.
Supporters of this medical marijuana bill believe this will improve the access to qualified patients looking for the benefits of medical marijuana in Florida.
The Senate Bill 8A by Senator Rob Bradley replaces a 2014 bill that was widely criticized for providing very little access to for patients to get a medical marijuana card. The new bill makes it easier for patients looking to get medical marijuana you can check out if you qualify here
In November 2016 Florida voters affirmed their desire for greater access to Florida Medical Marijuana when they overwhelmingly supported Amendment 2 by 71% vote.
On the last day of the legislator negotiations collapsed both in the Senate and House, after legislators failed to reach consensus on dispensary restrictions and whether they should impose a tax on medical marijuana.
The Senate and House ultimately decided on the state light restriction on dispensaries as a Maximum 25 dispensing facilities until the Statewide registry reaches over 100,000 patients at that threshold the Bill calls for adding four more dispensing facilities per 100,000.
The Legislators also agreed that Florida medical marijuana will not be taxed.
This was a difficult negotiation but we were able to cross the finish line and we’re going to be able to provide safe medicine for the people who are entitled to receive it under the Constitution Bradley said.
Now the bill heads over to the Governor Rick Scott desk. Where Scott says “he attends to sign the bill into Law”
First patients cannot smoke the medicine:
Although the bill allows for vaping which is the hipster alternative way of smoking marijuana and cigarettes. The vaping industry has exploded from the medical marijuana industry as the preferred smoking method, with some of the vaporizers as high tech as iPhones. The bill also provides for consumption methods such as Edibles oils and pills.
Patients now can receive a 75 day supply of the medicine with two refills before they must go back there doctor for requalification.
The Florida medical marijuana bill removes that the patients must have a prior relationship with their doctor before a recommendation can be given. You can find a list of doctors in your area which are qualified to give a medical marijuana recommendation here.
The new bill also expands the list of qualifying conditions some of the qualifying conditions are cancer glaucoma HIV/AIDS post-traumatic stress disorder ALS Crohn’s disease Parkinson’s disease multiple sclerosis and chronic and non-malignant pain. The bill also calls for some set of conditions such as anxiety and migraines. For a full list of conditions covered by the new bill click here
The Florida medical marijuana bill also provides the medicine for terminal patients who are the time to determine medically qualified through two separate recommending doctors.
John Morgan who runs a super pac was a proponent of Amendment 2 has already said he plans to file suit against the state for the Bill’s failure to include smoking as a consumption method.
Bradley said Tuesday he is not concerned about John Morgan’s lawsuit.
“We did what the voters intended us to do,speak to medical professionals: he said “the act of inhaling smoke into your lungs is an inherently unhealthy act, and there are numerous number of healthy ways to consume marijuana period. If we are serious about treating this as a medicine then we should ensure that everyone, who uses it uses it in a way that makes them more healthy not less healthy.”
Rules for caregivers:
Due to the fact that many users may be bedridden or have inadequate transportation the bill allows caregivers to purchase and administer the medicine for the user.
Caregivers must be older than 21 complete $100 course and must go unpaid for their work. This is to prevent an industry of caregivers popping up who’s sole intention is to get paid for transportation of medical marijuana for its patients.
Unfortunately this bill forces companies that produce medical marijuana must grows the seed must process it and ultimately sell it directly to the patient’s. The Senator Bradley believes this will ensure the highest quality product for Florida Residents. A majority of the votes for Amendment 2 believe this leaves the door closed for the small business man and leaving it only open for big corporations to profit in the State of Florida.
Now counties, and cities across the state will soon have to figure out the zoning rules for the dispensaries. Already many local cities in Florida have moratoriums on these business until officials complete the process.
There are many positive and negatives for consumers looking to obtain a Florida Medical Marijuana card. The simplest thing to do is take a Free No Risk Survey to see if you would qualify for a recommendation.