What is medical cannabis?

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Tuesday, November 17, 2015

In Florida, the use of marijuana is still a crime. It was supposed to be passed into law in 2014; however, there is hope that it will be legalized in the 2015 session of the Florida Legislature. The Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014 allows doctors to order a low-THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) cannabis under Chapter 458 and Chapter 459 of the Florida Statutes. This began in January of 2015.

This doesn’t mean you can go to a doctor and ask him for marijuana or cannabis. You have to be able to prove you need it. If you are caught with it on your person, in your car or in your house, you will be arrested and charged. Knowing this, you may need a piece of advice if you are arrested: Don’t say a word, don’t be impolite and ask for an attorney before making any type of statement to the authorities.

If you think that you qualify for medical cannabis, the checklist of symptoms looks something like this:

You have to be a resident of Florida

You have to be over 18 years of age or have a second doctor agree to the treatment.

You must either have cancer or a medical condition that is physical and chronic.

You have tried other methods to cure your symptoms to no avail.

Your doctor has to register you in the Compassionate Use Registry

Florida can be fairly lenient toward those who come up on drug charges. You can actually go into a rehabilitation center for a specified time and be let go if you complete the entire term. However, you really need to have a legal representative to help you get what you need.

Source: Florida Department of Health, "FAQs on low?THC Cannabis," accessed Nov. 17, 2015

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