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Florida Voters Give Thumbs Up to Medical Marijuana, Approve Amendment 2

Although an amendment to legalize medical marijuana passed easily in Florida this month, all patients and residents of Florida can continue to legally purchase and consume CBD hemp oil.

With 71 percent support, Florida voters approved Amendment 2 to expand their state’s medical marijuana program to include access to full medical marijuana for individuals suffering from a variety of debilitating diseases.

Prior to the passing of Amendment 2, Florida had enacted a highly limited law that only allowed patients access to low-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), non-smokable cannabis. Only vape oils, capsules and tinctures containing 10 percent or more of cannabidiol (CBD) and no more than 8/10s of 1 percent of THC were allowed. The cannabis oil could only be recommended for those suffering from seizures, muscle spasms or cancer. The program, despite being in place for over two years, never really got off the ground.

Amendment 2, which will take effect January 3, 2017, gives patients legal access to full medical marijuana. The law explicitly allows medical marijuana, provided it’s recommended by a licensed physician, for the treatment of cancerepilepsy, glaucomaHIV or AIDSpost-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)Crohn’s diseaseParkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. Patients suffering from some “other debilitating medical conditions of the same kind or class as or comparable to those enumerated” can also be certified.

Amendment 2 also permits caregivers to assist patients with marijuana treatments. Caregivers must pass a background check and are not allowed to use marijuana themselves.

While the law takes effect at the start of next year, the Florida Department of Health has until July 2017 to pass regulations for the new medical marijuana program. Under the amendment, the state has to begin registering growers and dispensaries and start issuing identification cards for patients by October 2017.

Florida joins 27 other states that have legalized marijuana for medical use. Voters in North Dakota and Arkansas also passed medical marijuana measures this month.

CBD hemp oil medical marijuana

Florida’s previous low-THC cannabis law didn’t provide any additional benefit to patients throughout the state. Americans in all 50 U.S. states can already legally purchase and consume CBD hemp oil. CBD hemp oil is derived from high-CBD, low-THC hemp. Like THC, CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid and other naturally occurring systems, but it isn’t psychotropic.

Medical Marijuana, Inc.’s extensive lineup of CBD hemp oil products, including Real Scientific Hemp Oil™CBD capsules, and CBD tinctures, continue to be legal for purchase by the people of Florida and in all U.S. states. Because the CBD hemp oil is derived from hemp, Americans can use the products without having to acquire a physician recommendation or cannabis card. Florida residents that have been using Medical Marijuana, Inc.’s CBD hemp oil products don’t need to switch.

Examined several times through our Triple Lab TestingTM process to ensure quality, safety and cannabinoid content, our CBD hemp oil products are available in a wide variety of potencies and prices to meet the needs of everyone.

You can learn more about CBD by reading through our easy-to-understand CBD hemp oil guide. Once you’re ready to make a purchase and have your CBD hemp oil product delivered to your doorstep, please visit our online shop.

Post by Eve Ripley

Eve is a writer specializing in cannabis education and editorials related to cannabis industry news.

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