As readers of this blog know, we have written extensively on issues relating to marijuana and the legalization of marijuana. It is a particularly relevant topic these days as more states legalize marijuana either recreationally, or as Florida did in the 2016 election, for medicinal purposes. It is our belief that marijuana will ultimately be legal for all purposes in all states at some point. However, getting there is going to be a long and arduous process. Apparently, the election of Donald Trump and the appointment of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General will not do much to advance the legalization movement.
As stated, Florida did achieve a small victory in November as a majority of voters approved an initiative to legalize medical marijuana in Florida. I decided to write this article to give people a little better understanding of what that means in Florida and to alert people that Shorstein, Lasnetski & Gihon is prepared to assist professionals who are seeking to enter the marijuana industry in Florida. As Colorado, Washington, Oregon and other states have shown in a short period of time, the marijuana industry is going to be tremendous.
So what new rights does the Florida medical marijuana law confer on qualified people in Florida? It allows people with certain medical conditions to obtain a certificate from a doctor that can be used to ultimately obtain marijuana to treat those conditions. The law does not allow just anyone with any medical problem or aches and pains to go to any doctor and request a certificate for medical marijuana. Only certain medical conditions qualify. Those include: ALS, cancer, HIV/AIDS, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and PTSD. As you can see, these are very serious medical conditions of which a patient must have a documented record to move forward with medical marijuana treatment.