In the November 2016 elections, Floridians passed Amendment 2 which legalized medical marijuana for individuals with specific debilitating diseases or comparable debilitating conditions as determined by a licensed state physician and required the Florida Department of Health to establish and enforce regulations regarding the cultivation and distribution of medical marijuana.
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Prior to the passage of Amendment 2, Florida had a law that protected certain patients with cancer, a seizure disorder, or other disorder that causes muscle spasms without alternative treatment options from criminal penalties for using and possessing low-THC cannabis that was ordered by their doctors. Amendment 2 significantly expands on this previous law, and gives what some would say is a "real" medical marijuana program to Floridians. So this begs the question - what are the qualifying conditions for medical marijuana in Florida under their new medical marijuana program?
According to Florida Senate Bill SB 8-A which provides for the implementation of Amendment 2 and establishes related regulation, the following medical conditions qualify a patient to receive marijuana or a marijuana delivery device:
Positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease)
Medical conditions comparable to the previously listed conditions
A terminal condition diagnosed by a physician other than the qualified physician issuing the certification.
Chronic nonmalignant pain
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