First Dispensaries to Open in Florida, but Most Patients Still Left Behind

Jul 25, 2016 , , , , , ,


The first dispensary in Florida to offer low-THC medical marijuana products is expected to open in Tallahassee on Tuesday. Unfortunately, there are still huge flaws in Florida’s law. Dispensaries may be opening up, but for most patients, the doors are still shut.YesOn2Florida

First, only low-THC marijuana will be available, and only patients with cancer, seizures, or severe and persistent muscle spasms will qualify, leaving many patients behind. Although cannabis with more THC will eventually be available, it will only be for terminally ill patients.

Second, doctors are required to “order” a specific amount of cannabis, which is perilously close to prescribing it. This puts doctors at risk of violating federal law, and we expect that it will be very difficult for patients to find doctors willing to take this risk, which is why MPP does not classify Florida as a true medical marijuana state.

The best way to fix these problems is to support United for Care’s efforts to pass Amendment 2, which would create an effective medical program for Florida.


3 responses to “First Dispensaries to Open in Florida, but Most Patients Still Left Behind”

  1. Sick & Tired of feeling Sick & Tired! Discusted with ALL of the different opiod pain med’s I’ve been prescribed.
    Osteo-arthritis throughout, degenerative disc disease, at last count 7 herniated at all 3 levels, 2 with stenosis’, 2 replaced hips, prepping for a new knee with ALL of the ABOVE multiplied by 10, due to Fibromyalgia. Believe me, if I attempt to get up, take care of all of my daily living needs & push myself attempting to be anywhere near normal, my body will definately be overwhealmed with muscle spasms. The only way I avoid & keep them to a minimum is to be basically bed-ridden, before the age of 60, and for the last 16 years. I don’t want to get high, been there ~ done that during my undergraduate studies in the ’70’s. I was never addicted because I quit when I signed the loan for my 1st home & my contract for my 1st Professional Career Employment. No Problem, I just stopped. But, I need it NOW for pain relief, so that I can live a productive life & take care of my personal needs with dignity.

  2. Wouldn’t it be nice if you were living in a grown-up state like CO or WA? Florida is filled by FLORIDIOTS and that will never change. Enjoy your ass backwards state. Also, marijuana IS NOT addictive, unlike ignorance.

  3. Hi Fran same situation here! 63 years old and home bound have been for 8 years! It’s ridiculous we aren’t able to get the relief NOW with medical marijuana!!

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