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Medical Marijuana News, Updates and Changes

Jul 30, 2018 08:45PM

There have been some exciting changes in medical cannabis laws in Florida recently. Since Florida voters approved medical cannabis in 2016, it has been helping patients overcome pain, PTSD and more. The qualifying medical conditions include PTSD, chronic pain, epilepsy, MS, ALS, Parkinson's, Crohn's, cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS and any terminal illness.

            These new laws make available many forms of cannabis and additional routes of delivery. These routes of delivery now include oral, inhalation, topical or transdermal, rectal and vaginal. Also, dispensaries can now dispense more than just two forms per person as was previously restricted by the statutes. The approval times have improved significantly over prior months too. Recently, we are seeing approvals in as little as one or two weeks. 

            Currently, in Florida, there are more than 100,000 Medical Cannabis patients registered with the MMU, over 50 pounds of cannabis is dispensed daily from licensed dispensaries and upwards of 1,400 certified cannabis physicians.

            The latest speed bump is over the state legislature’s ban on the smokeable medical marijuana flower.  Recently, a circuit court judge ruled the ban was unconstitutional. There are many people who prefer to smoke flower as a route of administration, and hopefully it will soon be available from Florida dispensaries. Many more changes are likely to be coming soon as Florida law seems to be still evolving.


For more information or to schedule a cannabis consultation, call Point Lumineux at 941-217-6828.

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