Florida is about to join other medical cannabis friendly states by putting the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act into action. As many Floridians rejoice to have the opportunity to try medical cannabis, they may be slightly disappointed when they learn the details of the bill.
The Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act was passed in 2014 and set to go into action on January 1, 2015. After two years of patiently waiting, next Tuesday will be the first day that medical cannabis will be available for residents of Florida.
The Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act is highly regulated. Perhaps even over-regulated to some extent. To qualify for a cannabis prescription, you must have a terminal condition. Florida defines a terminal condition as follows.
“A progressive disease or medical or surgical condition that causes significant functional impairment, and is not considered by the treating physician to be reversible even with the administration of available treatment options currently approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration, and, without the administration of life-sustaining procedures, will result in death within one year after diagnosis, if the condition runs its normal course.”
So what ailments qualify you for a medical cannabis card in Florida? Cancer and any other physical conditions that cause severe chronic seizures and muscle spasms will allow you to receive a medical cannabis prescription. However, those approved for a medical cannabis prescription are limited to only low-THC strains.
Along with being limited to low-THC strains, The Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act does not make it legal to administer your cannabis by smoking it. It will remain illegal to smoke cannabis regardless of your patient status. Patients are also strictly prohibited from passing on their medicine to anybody else.
If you do have a chronic illness, and would like to explore the options of a low-THC treatment, here are some of the other requirements needed to obtain your patient card. First and foremost, you must be a Florida resident and be able to provide proof of your residency. This is a universal law among medical friendly states.
Patients or legal guardians must provide their physician with written consent to use cannabis as a treatment. The physician must also register every patient with the Compassionate Use Registry. The physician is who has to order the patient’s medical cannabis prescription. For more information, the address for the Office of Compassionate Use is below.
Office of Compassionate Use
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A-06,
Tallahassee, FL 32399