As states all around the country debate the advantages and disadvantages of legalizing marijuana, many are unaware of the impact that medical marijuana can have on patients struggling with certain illnesses. With the Florida Medical Marijuana Legislation Initiative passing with approval from over 70 percent of voters, medical marijuana is now legal in Florida to treat certain illnesses.
There are some major misconceptions about marijuana that are causing some patients in Broward who qualify to use it legally to question their treatment options. These stigmas make it harder for them to benefit from the use of this substance to manage their conditions. These misconceptions also cause some patients to suffer unfairly from consequences that infringe on their legal right to use medical marijuana. Anyone who is in the process of qualifying or already has their medical marijuana card should make themselves aware of these misconceptions so they can protect their rights.
On Jan. 3, Amendment 2 went into effect in Florida. Essentially, this new law expands the medical conditions that qualify for medical cannabis. However, rules and regulations for full implementation of the amendment are still months away. The state has six months to come up with the rules and nine months to implement them.
For decades, marijuana has been deemed an illegal substance for private, public and medical use. Now that there is a new medical marijuana law going into effect, many people in Broward County may not be clear about how to qualify to legally use the substance. Having a good understanding of who is eligible to use medical marijuana can help to prevent legal complications and entanglements down the line.