Florida Medical Marijuana Update

SOUTH FLORIDA WILL HAVE LOTS OF CERTIFIED DOCTORS WHO WILL BE ABLE TO PRESCRIBE MEDICAL MARIJUANA

Taken from Sun-Sentinel:

Hundreds of doctors in Florida are now certified since June 16th, who are able to  recommend medical marijuana for patients, and one of the biggest concentrations is in South Florida.

The state is moving forward to implement a constitutional amendment approved by voters; however, patients in some parts of the state have no access and insurance does not cover marijuana, so poorer patients could be priced out of the market.

  • State lawmakers eliminated the original 90 day waiting period to get medical marijuana;
  • There are now 957 doctors in Florida qualified to recommend medical marijuana, with 357 of them in South Florida;
  • Monroe county has the most certified doctors, with one for every 8,208 residents in the county;
  • Of Florida’s 30 largest cities, Boca Raton has the state’s highest per capita number of certified doctors;
  • Doctors “recommend” marijuana rather than “prescribe” it, because it is a federally-controlled substance.

HOW CAN I GET IT?

Patients must have a qualifying ailment.  Those include cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, PTSD, ALS, Crohn’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), or “other debilitating medical conditions of the same kind or class,” per the amendment’s language.

To find a local doctor, go to http://SunSentinel.com/marijuanadoctors

You can also go to Floridahealth.gov, or call the Florida Department of Health’s Office of Medical Marijuana Use at 850-245-4657.

Patients can receive a 70-day supply at a time.  When that is exhausted, they must get another recommendation, which can be phoned in.  After 30 weeks, patients must once again see their doctor in person.

A typical in-person visit costs about $250.  Patients must also pay a $75 fee for their medical marijuana card; then, there’s the cost of the marijuana which ranges from about $100 to $200 for a 70-day supply.

At his Boca Raton clinic, one doctor treats about 50 patients.  He has used the law’s “other debilitating medical conditions” provission to prescribe (recommend) marijuana for auto-immune diseases similar to Crohn’s, severe arthritis and chronic pain from nervous system damage.

A photo ID is required on the card in order to be placed on the state registry, and there has been a steady increase in the volume of applications since Amendment 2 went into effect.

There are now 12 growers and there will be 5 more added in October.  They agree they have enough capacity to supply patient demand.

 

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6 responses to “Florida Medical Marijuana Update

  1. Thank you for sharing this! I have been battling Multiple Sclerosis for 16 years now and it isn’t any fun. The medications prescribed cause more issues than it helps. My state doesn’t have this available. I just started my blog about MS and it has been a great experience. I am not following you and I look forward to reading more of your posts. Take Care!!!

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    • Thank you Alyssa! I am sorry you are fighting MS. You say the meds are sometimes causing their own problems. A hand off, I’m told. My daughter has ME. If you click on the tab titled “ME” on my home page, you can read about that “invisible” disease. I used to post almost every day, but have slowed down. Of course, when I see a post or an article on a subject of interest, I share it. Medical Marijuana is finally available in Florida, where we live. Many articles I’ve read over the years have stated some possible relationship between MS, ME, LYME and perhaps even FIBRO. Thank you for following. I hope you will enjoy and find interesting, any future posts I write. Have a peaceful day!

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      • It is amazing how many states have made Medical Marijuana legal. I have heard it is very helpful but I honestly do not know. The state I live in doesn’t allow it, yet. I am definitely going to read about ME. Thank you for following me as well. It seems like a lot of diseases have similarities. I am so glad I started my blog as I am able to connect with so many people. I hope you have a great afternoon!

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