Medical marijuana will be legally for sale next week, but it is not a time to celebrate or stop working.
While it is technically accurate medical marijuana will be "available" next week for purchase in Florida—due to some limited bills passed by the legislature—the reality is that all but a few who should have access (and would under Amendment 2) will still find themselves without it. The limitations and constraints of the laws are so great that very few doctors can currently recommend medical marijuana, and virtually no patients will actually be able to buy it.
Paraphrasing John Morgan... That's just f***ing stupid.
Meanwhile, our opponents are pouring money into their campaign to try to make it so these patients NEVER have access. (Fight back here.)
Amendment 2 remains the ONLY way to secure medical marijuana, with no fear of arrest or imprisonment, for the hundreds of thousands of patients suffering from a variety of serious, debilitating conditions and illnesses. It also provides a regulatory environment that will make sure doctors can legally recommend marijuana to their patients.
Current law, with an exception for terminally ill patients, allows solely for "low-THC Cannabis". The vast preponderance of science, medicine and anecdote say that THC, the chemical that gets a person "high", is also the component that brings much of the plant's medicinal benefits.
So yes, marijuana will be on sale next week in Florida. But few will qualify, fewer still will be able to find a doctor to make the order, and those few who can may not be helped by what they purchase.
If sick and suffering Floridians are ever to truly see relief through medical marijuana, voters must approve Amendment 2 this November.
- Ben Pollara
United for Care