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Although patients can now smoke medical cannabis in Florida, they shouldn’t expect the floodgates to open with vast amounts of potent products, at least if some Republicans in the state legislature have their say. According to a recent report in the Orlando Sentinal, representatives are looking to monitor just how high patients can go, with proposals to limit THC levels being bandied about the halls of the State Capital.

In an interview with The News Service of Florida, Rep. Ray Rodrigues (R-Estero) told reporters that he would like to see THC levels cap out at 10 percent. Although no official bill has been put to paper as of yet, it’s something Republicans in the State House are keeping top-of-mind.

“But it’s something we still think is important,” Rodrigues said, according to the Orlando Sentinal. “We think there should be caps on THC.”

The Benefits of THC

These days, more and more states are beginning to recognize the benefits of THC, along with its non-psychoactive cousin, CBD. It’s the reason why Florida overwhelmingly decided to approve a medical cannabis statute in 2014.

THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol as it is known, has helped people with a number of medical ailments, including everything from glaucoma to anxiety. It’s known to help insomnia, nausea, low appetite, pain, and muscle spasticity as well, and that’s just to name a few things.

On the other hand, THC is also the compound in cannabis responsible for the psychoactive high, or the pleasant feeling associated with marijuana. And it’s the reason that cannabis was deemed illegal for so many decades, as politicians and other well-meaning but uninformed people mistook the drug for something dangerous.

As Senate President Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton) told the Orlando Sentinal, the Senate supports caps on THC levels, but “would have to understand more before making a determination.” IT’s a sign that some of the fear of cannabis is still there, but at least politicians are willing to learn.

What Others Are Saying

Those who stand in opposition to the idea call it another ploy by the Republican-dominated Legislature to stomp out the will of the people, according to the Orlando Sentinal. Patient advocates are still battle weary after the fight over smokeable cannabis — which ended just recently when Gov. Ron DeSantis forced legislators to change the law — though they are ready to continue to stand up for what they believe is right.

“It’s absolutely insane that after finally relenting on their jihad against sick people smoking marijuana that the House would deem it appropriate to wage another unconstitutional war against the will of the 71 percent of Floridians who approved medical marijuana. These proposed caps are arbitrary, unnecessary and will hurt Florida patients if enacted,” Ben Pollara, the campaign manager of the political committee behind the amendment, told the Orlando Sentinal.

Whatever happens, patients seeking medical marijuana still need a recommendation from their physician. 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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On November 8th, 2016, 71 percent of Florida voters showed their support for the legalization of medical marijuana. This legislation legalized vaporized, edible and oil forms of marijuana, however, it did not legalize smoking medical marijuana.

Orlando lawyer and medical marijuana advocate, John Morgan, filed a lawsuit on behalf of 2 patients. One of these patients suffers from HIV & neuropathy while the other has ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease.) Both of these patients would benefit greatly from being able to legally smoke marijuana.

The State argued that smoking marijuana was not an effective medical treatment. Lawmakers also claimed that this was a clandestine attempt to legalize recreational pot.

Luckily, Judge Karen Gievers decided that the State’s argument was irrelevant. She said that the testimonies of the patients that have experienced the therapeutic effects of smokable marijuana were much more compelling than the testimonies of the State’s handpicked medical experts. As a result, Judge Gievers ruled the ban on smoking medical marijuana unconstitutional on May 25th 2018.

This was a huge win for the medical marijuana movement. Unfortunately, it didn’t end there. Devin Galetta of the Department of Health, filed an appeal which put an immediate stay on the ruling.

John Morgan has continued to fight for patient access to smokable medical marijuana. He said, “The voters of Florida wanted this. It was clear in the intent language and in the ballot language. Smoked marijuana is the most effective and quickest delivery system, period.” Morgan has also claimed the stay may have something to do with the relationship between politicians and ‘Big Pharma’. The opioid industry is booming. Pharmaceutical companies could potentially lose millions of dollars.

Furthermore, Morgan continues to call out Florida Governor, Rick Scott, saying that he has the power to drop the appeal. “(Scott) is going to have to explain to veterans and really sick people and people who have really bad injuries why you kept this going,” he said. He went on to say, “Rick Scott is the boss and the buck stops there.” Morgan claims by not doing so, he is “playing with political wildfire” since the majority of Florida voters voted in favor of all forms of medical marijuana.

Judge Gievers is supposed to make a decision on the appeal any day now. Morgan has also said that if he has to, he will expedite it to the State Supreme Court to force a resolution. Scott will be forced to move forward on a topic he’s been fighting against for years if the ban is lifted. 

71 percent of Florida voters have agreed that smoking medical marijuana should be legal. Delaying access to this incredible medicine is cruel and unnecessary; no one should have to live in pain.

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