Medical Cannabis Coming To Florida

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Since medical cannabis has swept the nation, the east coast has had trouble keeping up with the west. Many of the states on the east coast have problems even passing cannabis laws, forget about implementing them. This keeps patients from getting the healthier medicine they need and forces them to continue taking the painkillers that the doctors give them. Florida has had an especially hard time putting together it’s medical cannabis laws but good news for patients; the plant will hopefully be available to a small group of people starting as early as next week.

The cannabis laws in Florida were passed back in 2014 and allows for a low level THC strain to be distributed at six dispensing organizations that are licensed by the Department of Health. These six organizations are able to grow, process, and distribute low level THC cannabis to approved patients suffering from cancer, severe epilepsy, and chronic muscle spasms.

Trulieve, one of the six, received the go-ahead from the Department of Health to being selling their products to patients. Seeing as how only 15 doctors have signed up to order the low-THC products and there are no patients that are currently registered in the statewide database that shows eligible patients for the program. The dispensaries in Florida will only be able to sell to those in the database, so as of right now, there aren’t even any customers. The process was supposed to get under way over a year ago but the legal issues have been roadblocking the progress. Trulieve plans to open it’s dispensing facility in Tallahassee next week.

New legislature passed this year says that once the patient database in Florida reaches 250,000, three more dispensaries will be able to open, allowing many more patients access to medical cannabis as treatment. This update to the law also allows for dispensaries to start selling full strength cannabis in order to help with the ailments that low THC strains do not. The stronger strains should be available in August, according to Trulieve.

In November, Florida will again vote on whether or not to allow full strength cannabis for a multitude of other afflictions such as HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, and PTSD. This bill failed to pass back in 2014, falling short of the 60% approval that it needed. Patients hope that this time around, the voters will allow the higher THC cannabis to help with a wider range of illnesses, instead of just focusing on one.

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Florida Wants To Implement Cannabis College

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While most people don’t think of Florida as a really big cannabis state, they’re surprisingly changing our idea of the sunshine state. Not only has the state voted to put medical cannabis on the November ballot, there are talks of Florida being a new spot for a cannabis college. Surprising, seeing as how both Colorado and Washington would be the ideal place for such a school. But Florida is taking huge strides to make sure that it’s citizens can medicate properly.

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The college is being set up in the old Garcia Y Vega cigar factory, which is located in West Tampa. This new institution is the idea of Jeremy Bufford, a man bent on educating people in all aspects of cannabis. He says that the school will teach the history of cannabis, along with legal aspects, botany, and pharmaceutical. The class will last a month and students will walk away knowing a lot more important information regarding marijuana and it’s many uses.

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Florida officials still need to approve the school but Bufford is already itching to open the doors. Rachelle Roach will be a part of the very first class that will be taught at the cannabis college and she is excited to get things started. Roach already holds a master’s degree in nutrition and believes that marijuana has multiple health benefits. Most stoners know of the amazing benefits that cannabis has for people and an east coast based college would be good for those who want to take the class but live on the east coast and don’t want to move that far away for the duration of the course. The other only cannabis college in the states is the Oaksterdam University, located in Oakland, CA.

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Schools like this are very important in teaching more people about cannabis. It’s important that we stay educated. Knowing all that you can about the plant is important and courses such as this may even be offered online someday. Florida will vote on the medical marijuana bill in November and the state hopes to see medical dispensaries by the summer of 2015.

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