Medical Marijuana Laws in Florida & Amendment 2
The Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, also known as Amendment 2, allows the recommendation and distribution of medical marijuana to eligible patients with qualifying medical conditions under the care of licensed medical marijuana doctor.
Amendment 2 received the approval of Florida voters on November 8th, 2016 with a majority vote of 71% support in the general election. Since then, lawmakers have implemented certain changes–such as eliminating the 90-day waiting period and allowing for a greater range of cannabis administration methods.
It is important to note that while Amendment 2 permits medical marijuana administration by vaping, oils, capsules, tinctures, edibles, and lotions, smoking medical marijuana remains illegal under Florida law.
Additionally, Amendment 2 assures that dispensary products and services for medical marijuana patients remain tax exempt, grants physicians the right to recommend both low and full strength THC marijuana, and permits physicians to recommend three 70-day supplies of marijuana at a time. Patients must consult with their physicians every 30 weeks to renew their eligibility in the Compassionate Care Registry.
It is important to note that under federal law, marijuana use is still considered illegal. However, the federal government has never taken any sort of legal action against medical marijuana patients, dispensaries, or licensed doctors.
Under Florida Amendment 2, the following conditions and ailments qualify patients for a medical marijuana card.
- Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD)
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS/Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
- Crohn’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Terminal Conditions
- Chronic Nonmalignant Pain
Licensed physicians may also determine whether any unlisted conditions qualify patients for a medical marijuana recommendation. See possible qualifying unlisted conditions here.