The Florida medical Marijuana Legislature Initiative (also known as Amendment 2) went into effect in January of 2017.
This law permits the use of medical marijuana for state residents who have been diagnosed by a licensed physician as having a debilitating medical illness. This law also gives designated caregivers the right to assist in the use of medical marijuana for their patients. The registration and regulation of medical marijuana in the state of Florida is under the jurisdiction of the Department of Health, which has the authority to regulate and register centers allowed to produce, package, and distribute medical marijuana. Such centers are the only places that can issued ID cards to patients and their designated caregivers. The state laws of Florida, including those regulating marijuana, do not protect residents from federal prosecution for the possession, production, and use of marijuana. State residents may not claim immunity from federal law because of state law.
The yearly fee for a medical marijuana ID card is $75.00.
Conditions that may be treated include:
Chronic pain that does not respond to traditional medical treatment. Glaucoma. Cancer. Epilepsy. Parkinson’s disease, Crohn’s disease, PTSD, ALS, and any terminal condition that a licensed physician deems appropriate for palliative treatment with medical marijuana.
Possession and cultivation of marijuana for medicinal purposes are still being determined by the Florida state legislature.