Florida Medical Marijuana Is Almost Complete Legalization


Florida Medical Marijuana Is Almost Complete Legalization

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Medical marijuana will be on the ballot in the State of Florida on November 4th, 2014. The law would be very relaxed and would allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to anyone who they believe has a debilitating illness and the use of marijuana does not do more harm than good or the harm done by using it doesn’t outweigh its usefulness. In other words if a doctor doesn’t think marijuana will do more harm than good for whatever your condition is, he/she can write you a prescription and you can legally use in the State of Florida.


Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative, Amendment 2 (2014)


If you click this hyperlink and read the full text, it will explain this amendment in detail. But in a nutshell this is what you should know.


“Debilitating Medical Condition” means cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis or other conditions for which a physician believes that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for a patient.


As you can see certain illness are without question, but the key to this language being used is these words, “other conditions for which a physician believes that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for a patient.”


Therefore any liberal doctor who doesn’t see marijuana as a harmful drug, can prescribe this drug to anyone he/she deems has a debilitating illness. So even though the amendment describes certain debilitating illnesses, it is still open to discretion  as to what a doctor deems to be debilitating. This could be anything whereby there was research done to support an assertion. And research is being done more now then ever.


For example there is research that bipolar disorder can be helped by the use of cannabis, as well as PTSD and other anxiety disorders. It is a proven fact that marijuana is useful in reducing pain and even for insomnia as we all know it help you sleep. So if a doctor thinks your sleeping disorder is debilitating he can prescribe you marijuana.  People who have a hard time eating will be able to use marijuana to increase their appetite, even if they are not HIV positive if a doctor deems it will do more good to smoke than harm. And I am sure it will come in pill form as well. So if smoking is a problem, you can get it in pill form


You can bet there will be enough doctors out the there to find someone to assist you in gaining a medical marijuana prescription. In fact Florida’s laws will be more liberal than California, where about anyone can get a license to smoke. And I think it will do our state a lot of good. Because this law will drastically reduce crime for people who need marijuana.


The good thing about this when there comes to opponents of this amendment, as far as the wide use of this drug as a result of medical legalization, is that people use it already illegally and go to jail for this. And if a person gets a prescription to use it, they have to be diagnosed with an illness that must be treated and marijuana will be the treatment for many. This would mean users will be under a doctor’s care unlike now. And users will be able to get it under government safety regulations instead of off of the streets.


The fiscal note states:


Increased costs from this amendment to state and local governments cannot be determined. There will be additional regulatory and enforcement activities associated with the production and sale of medical marijuana. Fees will offset at least a portion of the regulatory costs. While sales tax may apply to purchases, changes in revenue cannot reasonably be determined since the extent to which medical marijuana will be exempt from taxation is unclear without legislative or state administrative action.


It has not been determined if it will be taxed or exempt from taxes. I think if taxed it will be a win/win solution to the problems associated with marijuana in the State of Florida. And I think the legislative intent speaks for itself. Florida will be one step from complete legalization.


Frank Paul Jones




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