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Susan Driscoll

Nov. 8 was a big win for the patients of Florida. Amendment 2 has passed and many more of Florida’s patients will now qualify for medical cannabis – but not quite yet.

First, patients need to know that CBD cannabis products are available right now for individuals diagnosed with cancer, epilepsy, chronic seizures and chronic muscle spasms; full strength THC products are available to patients with terminal conditions. These patients do not have to wait for the amendment to be implemented and they can call Surterra at 850-391-5455, or contact any of the licensees to figure out their next steps.

But for those with illnesses that have just been voted in, including glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, PTSD, ALS, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis or other debilitating illnesses, there are many more things that will have to happen before they will qualify for full strength cannabis. Here’s what will happen next, and here is what potential patients can do.

First, it will go to the Florida Legislature. Amendment 2 will have to be implemented – meaning the rules on how it will work will have to be decided by the Legislature. Current law mandates a 90-day waiting period and third-party certification of a doctor who recommends medical cannabis. The Legislature can make everyone follow the current rules, they can add additional rules or they can eliminate rules.

If you are a current or potential patient, making your voice heard during this process is the best thing you can do to advocate for your wellness options. Call or email your local Florida

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