Health officials in the state of Florida have issued new rules to be implemented within the state’s constitutional medical marijuana amendment.
The regulations that were shown to the public on Friday by the Department of Health use the same framework as a bill passed on June ninth by the State Legislature during a special session. Last month, the department showed an outline to the public where it would give a fifteen days notice before they decided to put into play any new rules with the public having three days to submit feedback.
Several conditions have stayed covered under the new laws including but not limited to; epilepsy, chronic muscle spasms, cancer and terminal conditions. New conditions that are covered include; HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, post-traumatic stress disorder, ALC, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and similar conditions.
The new law stipulates that patients and caregivers must be 21 years of age and older. In order for a minor to be certified, a caregiver must be certified as well. Both must also hold an identification card for legal purposes. Advocates for medical marijuana would also like the caregiver to not be subject to penalties if they have to administer marijuana in the case of an emergency.
The smoking of medical marijuana has remained prohibited despite the public demand for it. The driving force behind the amendment, a man named John Morgan, is working on changing the law from people not being able to smoke their medical marijuana in public.
Besides the vaporizing of the product, it can be sold as edibles, oils, sprays, or tinctures. Many rules apply to the vaping cartridges so that they cannot be wrongfully accessed by children. The flower must be given out in tamper-proof containers.
Advocates are also joyous that the requirement has changed that a patient must be in the care of a certified doctor for ninety days. Now, that is not the case. The certification for doctors has also been reduced from eight hours to two hours, making doctors more apt to attain their certification.
Seasonal residents of Florida are also now welcome to consume the plant. Those who reside a minimum of thirty-one days straight each year and maintain temporary residence are eligible to receive medical marijuana.
The new bill also states that there will not be sales tax on medical marijuana products as it would be unfair given that Florida does not tax other medications.
All of these new laws will ensure that Florida’s marijuana laws become more fair, and make it easier for patients to get the help they need.