FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS MEDICAL MARIJUANA?
In the State of Florida, Medical Marijuana products are derived from the Marijuana plant, Cannabis Sativa, and can be used in the treatment of certain disorders when other treatments have failed. Marijuana used for these purposes is cultivated in special farms approved by the state and are generally low in THC, the component in Marijuana that causes euphoria. Medical marijuana, as currently approved, is NOT SMOKABLE and generally dispensed in pill form, creams and oils that are used sublingually. Medical Marijuana is of two types, Low THC Cannabis and Medical Cannabis.
WHAT DOES FLORIDA LAW SAY ABOUT MEDICAL MARIJUANA?
In 2014 the Florida Legislature approved SB 1030, The Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act, allowing for the use of Low THC Cannabis or Medical Cannabis as follows:
In November 2016 the State Constitution Amendment 2 ballot passed. The new rules from the Department of Health that determine how this amendment will be implemented are uncertain. The Amendment expands the use of Medical Marijuana to include treatment of AIDS, Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, Crohns Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinsons Disease, cancer, seizures and glaucoma or SIMILAR diseases.
DOES FEDERAL LAW ALLOW FOR THE USE MEDICAL MARIJUANA?
WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA?
The candidate must be a legal resident of the State of Florida and meet the eligibility requirements described above.
HOW DOES A PATIENT QUALIFY FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA?
The patient must meet the requirements noted above, sign informed consent forms and be deemed qualified or eligible for Medical Marijuana by a physician duly trained and registered with the State of Florida to do so.
CAN ANY LICENSED PHYSICIAN IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA REGISTER A PATIENT FOR COMPASSIONATE MARIJUANA USE?
No. The doctor has to REGISTER the patient with a state agency and then the patient may get the Medical Marijuana from an approved dispensing facility. Doctors are approved by the state to register the patient only if the doctor has passed state approved training, has treated the patient for AT LEAST 3 MONTHS, has determined that benefit outweighs risk, and every 3 months the doctor must re-certify with the agency that the patient needs to continue the treatment. The doctor may not order more than a 45 day supply of Medical Marijuana at a time.
WHAT OTHER OBLIGATIONS DOES THE DOCTOR HAVE?
The doctor must maintain a treatment plan for each patient that has an order for Medical Marijuana that includes planned duration, symptoms, reactions to the substance and this plan must be submitted to the University of Florida College of Pharmacy every 3 months.
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> Medical Marijuana is not to be used in patients with known coronary artery disease as it can cause a fourfold increase in the risk of myocardial infarction (heart attack). It can cause palpitations and increase the risk of irregular heart rhythms by 20 to 100%, with the effect lasting for hours.