With approval from over 70% of Florida voters, it isn’t much of a surprise that Amendment 2 is now law in the state. For those who are eager to use medical marijuana to treat the symptoms of illnesses like MS, PTSD, or various forms of cancer, Amendment 2 is a very big deal indeed.
Where Amendment 2 Goes Next
However, the battle is not over. There is the matter of ironing out the details. Although there are now dozens and dozens of doctors in the state who are qualified to issue individuals Florida medical marijuana cards, it is important to realize that you can’t rush out right now, get a prescription, and begin to use medical marijuana. The Florida Legislature and Department of Health are now working on the details that will give Amendment 2 the definition it so desperately needs.
To that end, we need to understand what’s going to happen next.
The Future Of Amendment 2
The studies continue to point to a compelling, single reality: Medical marijuana can be used to treat the symptoms of a wide variety of illnesses. A decided majority of Florida voters understand this, and they voted in kind. Florida is now one of the leading states for a future that understands the potential of medical marijuana. For those who wish to decriminalize marijuana entirely, Amendment 2 represents a monumental victory.
Over 200 doctors in Florida are ready to prescribe and provide evaluations. Once authorized, patients are given a Florida marijuana card, issued by the doctors that specialize in cannabis. Companies like Modern Health Concepts and Green Health located in South Florida, are ready to meet the demands of new patients. Amendment 2 was designed to expand on the previous law, which legalized a highly limited form of medical marijuana, and it has certainly done that. The problem is that it hasn’t done a lot beyond promising specific measures that will allow individuals to access medical marijuana more readily.
According to the previous law, medical cannabis was only given to those with very specific, terminal illnesses. Amendment 2 does away with that, but we aren’t going to be able to take advantage of straightforward access just yet.
What About Smokeable Marijuana?
Will Florida residents have access to smokeable marijuana? Oils, tinctures, and capsules are the medicine formats that patients can currently utilize in Florida. Although Amendment 2 will make it easier to get these things, it is curiously silent on the subject of smokeable marijuana. This is just one aspect to the amendment that we will have to pay attention to, as it moves through the Florida legislature.