On June 16, 2014, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014. This law made Florida the 22nd state to legalize access to medical marijuana by giving patients suffering from cancer, epilepsy, seizures, and muscle spasms access to low-THC cannabis products.

This law was expanded on Nov 8, 2016 when Florida voters approved the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, also known as Amendment 2. Amendment 2 states that patients in Florida suffering from a ‘debilitating medical condition’ may access medical marijuana if approved by a state certified physician. Florida defines a ‘debilitating medical condition’ to be any one of the following:

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Pain
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Terminal Illness
  • or any other ailment/condition of the same type/class as or comparable to those enumerated, as determined by a physicians opinion that the medical use of marijuana would surpass any potential, and unlikely, health risks.

Amendment 2 also allows medical marijuana patients to appoint a caregiver to cultivate their cannabis and enlists the Department of Health with registering and issuing state-registered medical marijuana identification cards to patients and caregivers who qualify.

In addition, the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative also protects physicians, stating that physicians will not be subject to criminal or civil liability under Florida law for issuing a medical marijuana certification to a patient with a qualifying condition.

QUALIYING CONDITIONS

In June 2017, the Florida State Senate passed two bills, SB 8A and SB 6A, implementing Article X, section 29 of the Florida Constitution. This update to Amendment 2 removed the 90-day waiting period required under the Compassionate Use Act and expanded the list of qualifying conditions to include ‘conditions of the same kind or class.’ This effectively expanded to the list of potential qualifying conditions to include the following:

  • ALS/LOU GERIGS DISEASE
  • ANOREXIA*
  • ANXIETY *
  • ADULT ADHD *
  • ARTHRITIS*
  • BIPOLAR DISORDER*
  • CANCER
  • CHRONIC BACK PAIN*
  • CHRONIC NONMALIGNANT PAIN
  • CROHNS DISEASE
  • DIABETES
  • DIABETIC NEUROPATHY*
  • DEPRESSION
  • EPILEPSY
  • FIBROMYALGIA*
  • GLAUCOMA
  • HEPATITIS C*
  • HIV/AIDS
  • INSOMNIA*
  • IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME
  • LUPUS*
  • MIGRAINE HEADACHES*
  • MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS
  • MUSCLE SPASMS*
  • NAUSEA*
  • OSTEOARTHRITIS*
  • PARKINSONS DISEASE
  • POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD)
  • RADICULITIS*
  • RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS*
  • SICKLE CELL ANEMIA*
  • TERMINAL ILLNESS
  • ULCERATIVE COLITIS*

* Denotes ‘Medical Conditions of same kind or class as or comparable to the above qualifying medical conditions.’

Marijuana Care Clinic is committed to providing the highest quality care to all patients interested in pursuing the medical benefits of marijuana.