Florida marijuana laws changed last week as the state became the 26th to legalize medical marijuana. Amendment 2, which allows patients to have access to medical marijuana, passed with 71.3 percent to 28.7 percent. Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach, all located in the south of Florida, were the counties that voted overwhelmingly in favor of the amendment. A similar bill failed 2 years ago, falling 3 percent short of passing despite having 90 percent public support. Republican Governor Rick Scott still commenced in signing a medical marijuana bill in June 2014 which legalized a strain of marijuana that is low in THC and therefore does not create a high. The bill also protected the identities of patients.

A Historic Vote for Florida Amendment 2 passed in a landslide vote yet select communities are still banning medical marijuana temporarily.

Amendment 2 expands on the current Florida marijuana laws, allowing more patients access to a wider variety of strains. This time around, voters made sure to get to the polls and vote on the issue and the outcome has been favorable for the many people who are looking to end prohibition and make use of the medicinal benefits of the plant. Ben Pollara, campaign manager for United for Care said, “We were confident going into the election that it was going to pass but this is truly historic.”

Qualifying Conditions Under Florida Marijuana Laws

Patients suffering with a number of debilitating conditions will receive relief as doctors will now be able to recommend medical cannabis as a treatment. Amendment 2 allows patients suffering with cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis to qualify for a doctor’s recommendation for the plant. The measure also allows doctors to recommend medical marijuana

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