There are more than 80,000 licensed doctors in Florida, but just over 2,000 are currently qualified to prescribe medical marijuana to patients.
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Returning from Iraq after the deadliest year for U.S. soldiers in the war, a local veteran said his life was completely different.
"I was just kind of like, I felt like a shell of a person," said the soldier who wanted to go by Jake.
Jake said he was on prescribed medications that numbed him. He started looking into alternatives like medical marijuana.
"I was a little hesitant because of the stigma attached to it from working in the military all my adult life. It was something kind of frowned upon," Jake said.
But he found a doctor who helped guide him. Now, Jake is on a CBD and THC mix.
"I take a pill at night time and I sleep like a baby," said Jake.
But not all patients can find the right doctor or right medication combination so quickly. There are more than 100,000 active medical marijuana holders in the state but only 2,212 doctors qualified to prescribe medical marijuana, according to Florida's Office of Medical Marijuana Use.
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by Renee Beninate
In 2010, Allman was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She was confined to her bed and wheelchair, taking 50 pills a day.
"I literally for the last nine years felt lost for a while on all those medications - 50 drugs a day. I spent a couple years after I was diagnosed just completely in a daze," she said.
Today, she can now walk, only takes five medications a day and has gotten off opioids.
She said medical marijuana has been the difference.
WUSF Public Media By ABUKAR ADAN
Florida voters in 2016 approved a constitutional amendment that legalized medical marijuana. And while recreational use is still illegal, cities and counties across the state are loosening up penalties.
The surprise was the next part: Because she'd failed the test, she was being recommended for dismissal. The director of the school's entry-level nursing program, Lori Lupe, handed the eager, first-year student a letter declaring she had violated the school's zero-tolerance drug policy. McKeon was so stunned she barely defended herself. She left the February 2018 meeting and cried.
Initially recruited to swim at Nova Southeastern straight out of high school, McKeon had to postpone her college plans because of health problems that began with a severe stomach bleed. Now her life was being thrown off-course again — this time by the very thing that had finally helped her feel better.
One day six years ago, Holly Bell was rummaging through her daughter’s Volkswagen when she stumbled upon an identification card. It was issued from a medical marijuana registry in Los Angeles, California. She stared at Hilary’s face on the card, fascinated but not surprised.
“I mean I grew up in an era where everybody smoked pot. It was no big deal,” Bell says.
She can laugh about it now but back then, she had a slew of questions for her daughter.
In her answers, Hilary described how medical marijuana relaxed her muscles and soothed her anxiety – both crippling symptoms of a congenital disease; she was born 10 weeks premature and with mild cerebral palsy.
Today, Hilary Bell, 28, works as a film writer in Nashville, where medical marijuana is still illegal. And Bell has recently been named the first-ever cannabis director of Florida, where the regulation and use of cannabis remains a political hot topic.
Florida Is the Nation's Fastest-Growing Medical Marijuana Market
Miami New Times, by
Despite ongoing efforts by the Florida Legislature to thwart the will of the people, Florida likely has the fastest- growing medical marijuana program in the nation.
More than 213,000 people are enrolled, with 10,000-plus signing up every month.
Florida Pheonix, by Lloyd Dunkelberger
A plan to limit medical marijuana’s potency went up in smoke as the 2019 Legislature moves to a conclusion.
Earlier this spring, lawmakers passed a bill and Gov. Ron DeSantis signed it into law, allowing Floridians who have debilitating diseases to smoke medical marijuana. Advocates say the law carries out of the will of Florida voters who overwhelmingly approved a 2016 state constitutional amendment to allow medical marijuana.
But later in the legislative session, the Florida House advanced a bill to limit the level of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – the chemical agent that causes the high – to no more than 10 percent in whole-flower products. But the bill (HB 7117) stalled.
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried opposed the legislation.
Florida could be first state to limit THC in smokable medical marijuana
A legislative proposal could make Florida the first state to regulate tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, levels in smokable medical marijuana.
Rep. Ray Rodrigues, an Estero Republican, earlier this year sponsored legislation (HB 7117) to limit the levels.
The bill was sent to the House floor but awaits a vote. The Senate has not acted on the issue.
Now, Rodrigues has filed an amendment with the 10 percent THC cap to a health care licensing bill (SB 188) already passed by the Senate. He wants the measure added before the House approves the legislation.
That bill, on the “special order” calendar, is scheduled to be heard in the House Tuesday night. That means members can ask questions about the measure and offer amendments.
The House Appropriations Committee will be taking HB 7117 up tomorrow Tuesday 4/9 at 10:30 AM for a VOTE. Last Wednesday morning over objections from many lawmakers, the Health and Human Services Committee of the Florida House approved PCB HHS 19-02 from Ray Rodrigues which became HB 7117.
This bill has a lot of VERY BAD issues mixed in with a few good things like a veteran ID card discount FFC has been fighting for and emergency rulemaking. See some of these below and read the full bill as well, but before you do that make sure you CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS below and tell them about all of the negatives in this bill for patients. They are so BAD many veterans went all the way to Tallahassee to speak against this! (Video below) These need to be amended, or they need to NOT pass this bill!! 71% of Florida did not vote for 10%! Patients are just asking that the legislature give them what 71% of Florida voted for, whole cannabis medicine! Call Your Elected Officials!
HB 7117 is Negative for Patients because it would:
-Cap THC Limits to 10% on flower products
-Further limit patients to a 35 day supply
-Add further limitations for 18+ and pediatric patients
-Push back testing regulations further
Here is the bottom line:
-This bill will actually make patients have to smoke more to get the relief they need (The House led the charge against smoking and now will cause more for patients to get the relief they need)
-This bill will basically be a tax on patients (Patients will have to spend and consume more driving them to the black market)
-They want to test to make sure THC isn't too high, is that for just THC, or THC-A & THC-B or anything else?(Do they know there is more then just THC and CBD in this plant? They havent even gotten their testing or research regulations implemented correctly and yet keep adding more)
-Limiting THC will not stop with just edibles and smoked cannabis, they will claim this about other products next if they can find one study to back up their claim (This is AS BAD OR WORSE then their genius idea for a 90 day wait way back)
-This bill needs its negatives amended or this bill must be stopped. 71% Did not vote for 10% limitations and they are asking for lawsuits all while hurting patients AGAIN! Maybe they should amend it to 71%!
You can find the full Bill details here: https://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sect…/Bills/billsdetail.aspx…
If you can contact your legislators the best way is to do so is below:
W. Travis Cummings (R)
Dane Eagle (R)
Democratic Ranking Member
Kionne L. McGhee (D)
Bryan Avila (R)
Cord Byrd (R)
Ben Diamond (D)
Bobby DuBose (D)
Nicholas X. Duran (D)
Joe Geller (D)
Kristin Jacobs (D)
Evan Jenne (D)
Mike La Rosa (R)
Chris Latvala (R)
Thomas J. ''Tom'' Leek (R)
MaryLynn Magar (R)
Ralph Massullo, Jr. (R)
Cary Pigman (R)
Scott Plakon (R)
Rene Plasencia (R)
Holly Merrill Raschein (R)
Paul Renner (R)
Ray Wesley Rodrigues (R)
Carlos Guillermo Smith (D)
Chris Sprowls (R)
Richard Stark (D)
Jay Trumbull (R)
Barbara Watson (D)
Jayer Williamson (R)
Clay Yarborough (R)
Appropriations Committee Hearing: Tuesday 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM Webster Hall 212 Knott Click Appear at meeting