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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.

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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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.

Nowhere in the United States is medical cannabis more accessible than right here in Florida, according to several recent reports from major outlets from across the country. The Miami New Times writes that even though the state legislature has done everything in its power to push back on the program, Florida’s medical cannabis market is the fastest-growing in the country.

By the numbers, there are already more than 200,000 people enrolled in the program, with an estimated 10,000 new patients signing up every month. That’s a lot of people finding relief from medical cannabis!

According to the Miami New Times, however, the story isn’t the same everywhere. In other states with a medical cannabis program, places like New York and Arizona, the numbers are not quite as high, even though, at least in New York, they have just as many doctors who will recommend the treatment.

David Kotler, a South Florida attorney who founded the Medical Marijuana Business Lawyers, LLC told the Miami New Times that Floridians have been lucky because of doctors in the who have been more willing to treat with medical cannabis than their counterparts across the country.

“Physicians in Florida were willing to see patients for eligible conditions,” he said in an interview. “In other states, it was slower to roll out.”

Moreover, Florida has a higher population of senior citizens, many of whom are “revolting” against Big Pharma.

“So many seniors have been able to use cannabis to get off opiates. The doctors in this state were handing [opiates] out like candy for so many years,” Robert Platshorn, age 76, told the Times.

A Growing Market Means New Products

According to a recent report in Marijuana Business Daily, more and more dispensaries have been opening across the state as well in recent months, with many more expected to open as the year goes on. And with the ban on smokeables lifted and the new rules on edibles in places, patients can expect a slew of new products to hit the market shortly.

All of this adds up to Florida being one of the, if not the largest, and most diverse medical cannabis market in the country.

Already Flordia’s medical cannabis program employs a whopping 10,000 people, and according to the Miami New Times, that number is expected to grow by at least 50 percent. That’s because of experts who are predicting that more than $1 billion worth of cannabis will be sold in the state.

Those numbers are growing so fast partly because of seniors, again who are switching from opiates to cannabis.

“Since the new opioids laws were passed in July, a lot of these patients who have been on opioids for a long time are now restricted [from] getting them,” said Dr. Derek Murphy, in an interview with the Miami New Times. “Primary care doctors are now afraid to write them prescriptions.”

Cannabis Falls from the Sky

All in all, Florida’s medical cannabis is growing and helping people at an incredible rate. And as the Times noted, it’s the perfect place for medical cannabis as the state has a long history with the plant. In the 1970s, bales of marijuana used to fall from the sky.

These days, some lucky people can even find them wash up on the shore, writes the Times.

“This was ground zero; this is where the marijuana industry came in,” said Ken Behr to the Times. “We’re a sophisticated market, so you have a customer who is educated to the product.”

Of course, you don’t need to wait for it to fall from the sky. 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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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 cannabis patients in Florida have been a party to several exciting changes in state law recently, as the current climate grows increasingly more accepting of this revolutionary form of treatment. From new legislation to allow for smokeable medical marijuana to recent talk of the possibility of health insurance for patients, it’s been a whirlwind couple of months for cannabis patients in the Sunshine State.

And, of course, Marijuana Doctor has been at the forefront of many of these exciting changes. Most notably, we recently expanded our list of qualifying conditions, as our cadre of top doctors

Dr. Jenny Wilkins

and physicians did a thorough review of the research available, finding that medical cannabis may be useful for a whole slew of ailments based on recent studies.

Well, we’re happy to announce that excitement is still ongoing here in Florida, as Marijuana Doctor will soon be expanding our offices, as we’ve recently begun a joint venture with two of the more well-known names in health and wellness in Florida.

That’s right, Marijuana Doctor offices will soon take up residence with Dr. G Weight Loss and Wellness, and Dr. Jenny Wilkins who was recently selected as Top Naturopathic Doctor of the Year by the International Association of Top Professionals. Your health and wellness options just became a whole lot brighter!

Some Well-Known Names in the Industry

Dr. G’s Weight Loss & Wellness is known as the premier weight loss center, a place for people looking to shed a few extra pounds under the care of medically trained professionals. Run by Dr. Charles Goldsmith, or Dr. G as he is known to his patients, a board-certified doctor who graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia (go Cherry and White!) Dr. G’s has helped 70,000 customers lose a total of more than 1,000,000 pounds.

And now, he’s partnering with Marijuana Doctor — and we’re excited to have him on the team.

Dr. G

Then there’s the award-winning Dr. Jenny Wilkins, a naturopathic doctor, clinical research associate, and the founder and CEO of AgeVital Pharmacy in Sarasota, FL. Also board-certified, Wilkins earned her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine & Biomedical Sciences from Trinity School of Natural Health. She’s spent over two decades as a practitioner and educator, having made numerous appearances on television to discuss the latest in health and wellness.

“She is brilliant at what she does and contributed so much of her wisdom and passion to the Holistic and Natural Medicine industry,” said The President of IAOTP, Stephanie Cirami about Dr. Wilkins. “She is humble, gracious, an inspiration to professionals all over the globe and we felt she would make an amazing asset to our organization.”

New Offices Opening Soon Near You

Our joint venture with these two amazing physicians will help Marijuana Doctor bring ailing patients more opportunities to receive recommendations for medical cannabis treatment all across Florida.

You’ll be able to now find Marijuana Doctor in Dr. G’s Weight Loss & Wellness offices in the following four locations:

  1. 77 S Federal Hwy., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441
  2. 455 SW 78th Ave., Plantation FL 33324
  3. 1757 SW 3rd Ave., Miami, FL 33129
  4. 11402 NW 41st St. #111, Doral, FL 33178

And for our offices with Dr. Wilkins, we’ll be located at 1618 Main St., Sarasota, Florida 34236.

So, wherever you are in Florida, stop by and find out how medical cannabis may help to change your life. 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.