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Low-THC and Medical Cannabis

Low-THC and Medical Cannabis

Amendment 2 was passed in the state of Florida in November 2016 and went into effect on January 3rd, 2017. The Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014 charged the Florida Department of Health with overseeing the regulatory infrastructure for medical cannabis in the state. After the Act was signed into law by Governor Scott, the department established the Office of Compassionate Use (OCU) to write and implement the department’s rules for medical cannabis, oversee the statewide Compassionate Use Registry, and license seven Florida businesses to cultivate, process, and dispense medical cannabis to qualified patients.

Section 381.986, F.S. permits qualified physicians to order low-THC cannabis for a eligible patients suffering from (1) cancer or (2) a physical medical condition that chronically produces symptoms of seizures or severe and persistent muscle spasms, to alleviate symptoms of such disease, disorder, or condition, if no other satisfactory alternative treatment options exist for the qualified patient. See section 381.986, Florida Statutes. The statute also allows a qualified physician to order medical cannabis for an eligible patient with a terminal condition that is attested to by the patient’s physician and confirmed by a second independent evaluation by a board-certified physician in an appropriate specialty for that condition.

Florida law defines a terminal condition as a “progressive disease or medical or surgical condition that causes significant functional impairment, is not considered by a treating physician to be reversible even with the administration of available treatment options currently approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration, and, without the administration of life-sustaining procedures, will result in death within one year after diagnosis if the condition runs its normal course.”

The Department has initiated rule making to create a regulatory structure for Amendment 2. For information about the rule making process, please click here.

Medical marijuana is a medicine used in treating the suffering caused by serious and debilitating medical conditions, which include but are not limited to:

 Glaucoma

 Cancer

 HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) or AIDs

 Arthritis

 Migraine

 Anorexia

 Persistent muscle spasms

 Multiple sclerosis muscle spasms

 Cachexia (weight loss, wasting of muscle, loss of appetite, and general debility that can occur during a chronic disease)

 Severe or chronic pain

Source: http://www.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/office-of-compassionate-use/