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In a tribute in the Herald-Tribune earlier this year, Floridians learned about one of the many heroes in the long struggle for medical marijuana in Florida, a brave woman named Cathy Jordan. Jordan spent 22 years leading the fight to bring medical marijuana to the people suffering from long-term and chronic conditions in the Sunshine State.

It was a personal fight for her as well, as, during that entire time, she was also suffering herself. Diagnosed some 24 years ago with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, she found that medical cannabis was one of the only things that helped to treat her symptoms.

According to the Herald-Tribune, Jordan always knew that victory would be tight, but that it would always come.

“I always knew we were going to win,” she said in an interview.

Medical Marijuana in Florida

ALS can be devastating, but it’s only one of the illnesses for which Florida residents can now receive approval to begin medical marijuana treatment. In Florida, and here at Marijuana Doctor, the following list of qualifying conditions for medical cannabis include but are not limited to:

  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)

There are related conditions that may qualify patients also, and those need to be discussed with a physician or caregiver. And it took a long, hard fight in Florida for patients to have the right to use medical marijuana for these conditions. Which brings everything back to the main point here.

These are five things learned from Cathy Jordan, over the long course of her fight with ALS, and with the Florida authorities to find reasonable access to lifesaving medical marijuana.

Five Essential Things Learned from Cathy Jordan’s Activism

1. Even the weakest among us can make a big difference: Maybe this is just part of being human, but everyone who needs help can contribute to the good of all of us, by speaking up, being counted, and making their positions known. Jordan attended protests and actions in a wheelchair. It was the only way she could make her way there, but thousands have now benefitted and will suffer less, because of the extra effort she made.

2. “There’s no shame in sickness.”: Jordan’s husband Bob remarked the Herald-Tribune this past March. Bob spent the past 22 years, not just watching his wife suffer from what’s long been considered a fatal disease. He spent those years cultivating and perfecting a strain of perfect but still perfectly illegal Marijuana to treat her condition. It was the only thing that worked. When she was diagnosed, Jordan’s life expectancy was about five years. Rather than submit to the shame and despair of the illness, the couple fought back. They suffered police-raids, the confiscation of the plants growing in their garden, and the humiliation of being treated like criminals. And that’s all in addition to being ill in the first place.

3. Marijuana is medicine: It may be a lot of other things, too. But for Cathy Jordan, and others like her, outliving a five-year life expectancy takes courage, an outstanding will to live, and determination. But now outliving your life expectancy, in Florida anyway, doesn’t mean you’ve also got to fight to get the medicine keeping you alive. No black markets. No seedy illegal dealers. No risks to your name or your police record. And that’s a pretty big deal.

4. Florida is NOT the most screwed-up state in the Union: We’re sometimes just one hanging chad away from throwing in the towel. But Cathy Jordan showed us, too, that sticking with system and fighting within the courts and the legal channels that we’ve got can pay off. Sometimes it’s a slog, even a long, hard, miserable slog. But in the end, Cathy Jordan won, and so did thousands of others who will suffer less and enjoy far better quality in their lives.

5. The world is better when you decide for yourself: During the debate as to whether the 2016 amendment allowing medical marijuana could still let the state ban “the smoking” of medical marijuana, it looked like we’d lost. It looked like some law-and-order types would stop at absolutely nothing to prevent you from deciding what’s best for you. Cathy Jordan helped win that battle too.

So, you can decide.

You still need to talk to your doctor, but when is that a bad thing? Marijuana Doctor is here to help you navigate the process from beginning to end and supports all of our veterans who have served in the armed forces. We have board-certified physicians to evaluate your case and determine if you could benefit from medical marijuana.

After you’ve received a recommendation, we’ll help you with the registration process with the Florida Department of Health as well. Best of all, the process is risk-free with a 100 percent money-back guarantee. If you don’t qualify, you don’t pay.

You can check to see if you’re eligible for a medical marijuana card in Florida, or you can schedule an appointment online with us now.

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If you believe that you may qualify for a Florida medical marijuana card, don’t hesitate to ask for help! Call us at (844) 442-0362 or schedule your free consultation online.

Medical marijuana has been a life-saving treatment for hundreds-of-thousands of residents all across Florida and millions of people all across the United States. And with 1.5 million veterans in the state, Florida’s Department of Veteran Affairs has a track record of meeting, and even exceeding the needs of some of its worthiest citizens. This has been especially true in cutting Florida’s levels of veteran homeless by nearly 50 percent in just the past ten years.

Unfortunately, because so many veterans suffer from significant physical and mental conditions associated with PTSD, there’s still a long way to go toward making sure that all veterans receive the care and treatment to which they’re entitled — especially with medical marijuana.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is the result of any number of traumatic events that can occur during a normal tour with a branch of the military. Combat, life-threatening experiences and accidents all take their tolls on veterans’ mental health and wellbeing. Veterans report lingering memories, severe difficulty sleeping, and functional problems that make it difficult to function at work or school. And people living with PTSD can have perceptual or emotional swings that make normal life difficult and stressful, causing crippling and even life-threatening substance use disorders.

Medical Marijuana Results for PTSD Treatment

Fortunately, medical marijuana treatments have shown outstanding results for veterans and others recovering from PTSD. Medical marijuana has been shown to improve patients’ ability to mediate essential functions like memory consolidation and retrieval, in addition to lowering stress and patient-reported anxiety. Cannabinoids can prompt people to produce more of the neurotransmitters that encourage pleasure, happiness, and better memory retrieval. And the same cannabinoids play some role in preventing further recurrences of underlying trauma, in a sense, avoiding traumatic memories, while maintaining emotional wellbeing.

Some studies have shown, more specifically, that a neurotransmitter called anandamide can appear at lower levels among those using medical marijuana treatments. One of the body’s primary endocannabinoids, those that are produced naturally by the body, anandamide stimulates the endocannabinoid system which can affect mood, happiness, fear, and anxiety as a natural antidepressant.

One big part of PTSD is, essentially a lack of endocannabinoids, and that lack will induce symptoms of anxiety and fear, leaving veterans to cope with those symptoms anyway that they can, often through alcohol or similar substances. Many clinicians believe that pharmaceutical treatments like chemical antidepressant won’t work nearly as well for addressing the actual PTSD conditions. Medical marijuana has been shown to provide more and better relief.

The VA and Medical Marijuana

Unfortunately, the Veteran’s Administration still takes marijuana prohibition seriously. Though it’s been shown to be one of the most effective treatments for PTSD, medical marijuana may not be prescribed or recommended by any doctor treating veterans within the VA system.

The VA won’t deny benefits because of marijuana use, but discussions with doctors are confined primarily to discussions of substance abuse, rather than to discussions of the therapeutic or treatment-value of medical marijuana. While medical records are confidential and protected under patient privacy and confidentiality laws, treatments for PTSD avoid mention of the positive benefits of medical marijuana treatments and use. Most PTSD treatments coming directly from the VA involve chemical antidepressants and psychotherapy.

Veterans currently seeking medical marijuana need a recommendation from their physician. Marijuana Doctor is here to help you navigate the process from beginning to end and supports all of our veterans who have served in the armed forces. We have board-certified physicians to evaluate your case and determine if you could benefit from medical marijuana.

After you’ve received a recommendation, we’ll help you with the registration process with the Florida Department of Health as well. Best of all, the process is risk-free with a 100 percent money-back guarantee. If you don’t qualify, you don’t pay.

You can check to see if you’re eligible for a medical marijuana card in Florida, or you can schedule an appointment online with us now.

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Contact Us

If you believe that you may qualify for a Florida medical marijuana card, don’t hesitate to ask for help! Call us at (844) 442-0362 or schedule your free consultation online.

A new study out suggests that Baby Boomers use of medical cannabis has steadily grown over the past few years, although patients do report having trouble accessing treatment. According to a recent article in MarketWatch, the Boomer generation, perhaps more than most want more education when it comes to medical marijuana, and they also hope to see a little more openness from their doctors about the topic.

The qualitative study which researched older adults in Colorado found that even though the Baby Boomers were more open to using medical marijuana to treat a whole host of conditions, the group had considerable trouble finding doctors who were open to using the drug as a part of their treatment regimen.

“We identified 16 codes from which five main themes emerged,” read the results of the study titled “Qualitative Analysis of Cannabis Use Among Older Adults in Colorado,” which was published in the journal Drugs and Aging. “These themes included: a lack of education and research about cannabis, a lack of provider communication, access to medical cannabis, the outcomes of cannabis use, and a reluctance to discuss cannabis use.”

According to the study, many older adults approached their primary care physicians about trying medical cannabis only to be turned away. At that point, most patients decided to seek out another doctor.

A Stigma Still Attached to Medical Cannabis

Unfortunately, researchers found that for older adults, there was still a stigma attached to using medical cannabis. They found this to be true even in Colorado, a state that has had medical cannabis available since the turn of the century as well as being the first state to legalize recreational cannabis.

As the article in MarketWatch noted, medical cannabis patients from at least nine of the 17 focus groups in the study were apprehensive about disclosing their use publicly.

“A key part of this conversation reflected lifelong views of cannabis as being harmful or deviant,” the study’s authors were quoted as saying. In fact, according to MarketWatch, the study made several references to such anti-cannabis propaganda as “Reefer Madness” or President Richard Nixon’s “War on Drugs.”

Still, despite the apprehension, Baby Boomers’ use of medical cannabis is on the rise. One study showed that 9% of people from the ages of 50 to 64 reported cannabis use over the past year, which is double the number from 10 years prior.

Why Baby Boomers Are Using Medical Cannabis

Like most other patients who seek treatment, Baby Boomers use medical cannabis for a number of reasons, with most saying they use it to treat chronic pain.

“From a physician’s standpoint, this study shows the need to talk to patients in a non-judgmental way about cannabis,” Hillary Lum, one of the study’s co-author’s and an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, said in a statement. “Doctors should also educate themselves about the risks and benefits of cannabis and be able to communicate that effectively to patients.”

In Florida, Boomers have the option of seeking out medical cannabis for a whole host of ailments, the list of which can be found here. And obtaining a medical cannabis card through Marijuana Doctor is a simple process, with no stigma attached. Just make an appointment with us. If you don’t qualify, you don’t pay!

At Marijuana Doctor, we’re here to help you navigate the entire process from beginning to end. Our board-certified physicians will evaluate you to determine if you may benefit from medical marijuana.

And after you’ve received your recommendation, we’ll help you with the registration process with the Florida Department of Health as well. Best of all, our process is risk-free with a 100 percent money-back guarantee. If you don’t qualify, you don’t pay.

You can check to see if you’re eligible for a medical marijuana card in Florida, or you can schedule an appointment online with us now.

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Contact Us

If you believe that you may qualify for a Florida medical marijuana card, don’t hesitate to ask for help! Call us at (844) 442-0362 or schedule your free consultation online.

Last month Rep. Alex Mooney of West Virginia filed a bill in Congress which, if passed, would allow medical cannabis patients to own firearms legally. It would be a big step forward for patients in the medical cannabis community, as current federal law disqualifies patients if they’re  “an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance.”

In other words, since cannabis is still considered to be illegal at the federal level, the government bans medical cannabis users from owning guns, even though the state of Florida has legalized the drug.

According to a recent report in Marijuana Moment, Mooney’s new bill would carve out exceptions for medical marijuana patients, in essence giving them back the full and lawful rights that they deserve. The bill’s language states that illegal drug users cannot purchase firearms, “except that an individual shall not be treated as an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance based on the individual using marihuana for a medical purpose in accordance with state law.”

It’s another step forward in the acceptance of medical cannabis across the country for millions of patients, one that guarantees them the treatment they need without taking away the rights they deserve.

Discriminating Against Medical Cannabis Users

As Marijuana Moment noted in their article, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, or the ATF as it is more commonly known, tries to weed people out with the following question on firearms applications:

“Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance? Warning: the use or possession of marijuana remains unlawful under Federal law regardless of whether it has been legalized or decriminalized for medical or recreational purposes in the state where you reside.”

It forces medical cannabis patients to have to choose between their rights as Americans, and their rights as human beings to gain access to what can potentially be life-saving medication.

“No patient should have to choose between their Second Amendment rights and following doctor’s orders,” Don Murphy, director of federal policies for the Marijuana Policy Project, said according to Marijuana Moment.

Keeping the Fight Going for Patients Rights

Rep. Thomas Massie has tried to pass similar legislation in the past and has told Marijuana Moment he believes such a law should include both medical and recreational users. According to him, in fact, the law is forcing millions of Americans to lie.

“I think we’ve created millions of felons with this question,” Massie told Marijuana Moment. “You can’t imagine that everybody in Colorado, who under Colorado state law is legally using marijuana, has never purchased a firearm. That would be completely illogical.”

No matter what the issue, we’re always fighting for your rights as a medical cannabis patient here at Marijuana Doctor. So come by and see us to see if you qualify. If you don’t qualify, you don’t pay!

At Marijuana Doctor, we’re here to help you navigate the entire process from beginning to end. Our board-certified physicians will evaluate you to determine if you may benefit from medical marijuana.

And after you’ve received your recommendation, we’ll help you with the registration process with the Florida Department of Health as well. Best of all, our process is risk-free with a 100 percent money-back guarantee. If you don’t qualify, you don’t pay.

You can check to see if you’re eligible for a medical marijuana card in Florida, or you can schedule an appointment online with us now.

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Contact Us

If you believe that you may qualify for a Florida medical marijuana card, don’t hesitate to ask for help! Call us at (844) 442-0362 or schedule your free consultation online.