“The focus needs to be getting these [petitions] in the hands of voters,” Joyce said. “We’re going to mail these out.”
“We’re talking about possessing and growing a plant,” said Eli Joyce. “Adults have the right to deserve that option,” said Eli Joyce
In 2016, 70 percent of voters approved a constitutional use of medical marijuana. Polls now show more than half of voters support recreational use, however, it would take 60 percent of voters to get the measure passed.
First, though, activists need to get 225,000 signatures just to get the courts to review it to decide if it can even be placed on the ballot.
She admits legalizing marijuana recreationally could cost her some patients; she still supports the idea.
The proposed constitutional amendment said those 21 and older could grow nine plants indoors or 18 per household, and they could not sell it. Dr. Heather Auld prescribes cannabis and said buying from dispensaries can be quite expensive.
“If you grow it yourself you have the ability to use it raw, and when you use it raw, it doesn’t have any psychoactive effect,” Dr. Auld said.
Eli Joyce with the grassroots group Regulate Florida is pushing to get recreational use on the 2022 ballot.
“I can say I’ll probably have fewer patients but there are still medical patients that really need a lot of education,” Dr. Auld said.
Government officials in Florida remain split on the issue, however. There is no timetable for a potential vote on the bills introduced this year. Florida’s governor and speaker of the house have stated their opposition to the idea.
There is an effort to get a measure on the ballot for November 2022 to legalize growing marijuana plants for medical patients. It would amend the 2016 amendment to redefine “medical use” to include growing up to nine marijuana plants. This would include patients and their caregivers.
The Florida legislature legalized medical marijuana prescriptions for seriously ill patients in 2014. Originally it was only allowed for patients with epilepsy and cancer, but was expanded in 2016 to include a much broader list of symptoms, including PTSD and several chronic pain issues.
Marchena also made it clear the airport itself does not do law enforcement. As the Orlando Sentinel notes:
A police officer may also take action if marijuana products are in plain view. The policy manual states that:
In accordance with state law, all CannaMD doctors hold an active, unrestricted license as either an allopathic physician or osteopathic physician and are in compliance with all state-mandated education requirements. At this time, educational requirements include completing an annual course and exam administered by either the Florida Medical Association or Florida Osteopathic Medical Association.
SHORT ANSWER: Florida patients may only purchase medical marijuana from a licensed dispensary.
What rights do medical marijuana patients have at work?
While Florida residents are required to provide a copy of their driver’s license or other state-approved form of identification to prove residency, seasonal residents may submit a copy of two of the following that show proof of residential address:
[Police] members may, with probable cause to believe the vehicle contains contraband or evidence of a crime, search said vehicle in any area or part where such contraband or evidence may be found.
SHORT ANSWER: Florida only considers cannabis products purchased by a certified patient through a licensed dispensary to be ‘medical marijuana.’
Can Florida patients use their medical marijuana cards in other states?
SHORT ANSWER: In November 2016, the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative (known as Amendment 2) legalized medical marijuana treatment in Florida.
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