Florida Amendment 2: Medical marijuana legalization passes

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(WFLA) – Florida voters have approved a medical cannabis amendment. Amendment 2, the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, will let licensed physicians prescribe medical marijuana.

Patients have to have one of the following diseases:

  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV
  • AIDS
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis

Ballotpedia summarized the initiative as follows:

“Allows medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating medical conditions as determined by a licensed Florida physician. Allows caregivers to assist patients’ medical use of marijuana. The Department of Health shall register and regulate centers that produce and distribute marijuana for medical purposes and shall issue identification cards to patients and caregivers. Applies only to Florida law. Does not immunize violations of federal law or any non-medical use, possession or production of marijuana.”

A similar amendment was defeated in 2014, although a majority of Florida voters said yes to it. The 2014 measure received 57.62 majority, however, the state’s constitution required a 60 percent majority for passage.

“Although the 2014 measure and the 2016 measure were both designed to legalize medical marijuana, there are some differences between the two proposals. The 2016 measure clarifies requirements for parental consent for the use of medical marijuana by minors and also further defines what is meant by ‘debilitating’ illnesses that would qualify for marijuana as a treatment option. The 2016 measure also addresses concerns regarding caregivers by making it clear that doctors would not be immune from malpractice claims for negligent prescribing of marijuana and by limiting how many patients a caregiver can treat with marijuana,” Ballotpedia explains.

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