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Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative (Amendment 2)

  • November 8, 2016 – Amendment 2 was passed by a 71.29% YES vote.  (Previously on June 16, 2014 the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014 was signed into law [FL statute 381.986] which states Physicians may prescribe non-smoked low THC cannabis for patients with cancer, chronic seizures and chronic muscle spams.).  It is unclear how exactly Amendment 2 will modify or replace the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014.  Below we have outlined what we believe to be the salient and relevant points.
  • January 3, 2017 – Amendment 2 will go into effect.
  • By July 3, 2017 – The Department of  Health must set regulations for the issuance if identification card, qualifications and standards of care givers and registration of Medical Marijuana (“MM”) treatment centers.
  • Legally Medical Marijuana may be provided as treatment for patients with the following diseases: Cancer, Epilepsy, Glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Crohn’s Disease (and we assume Ulcerative Colitis), Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) AND “some other debilitating medical condition of the same kind or class as or comparable to those enumerated”
  • Physicians are limited on how many patients they may treat with MM.
  • Identification cards will be issued to patients and care givers.
  • Patients must be permanent Florida residents.
  • If the patient is under 18, a second physician must agree with the determination of need for the patient.
  • Other treatments must have tried without success.
  • The Physician must have treated the patient for at least three (3) months before ordering MM.
  • The Physician must determine that the risk of using MM are reasonable in light of the benefit to the patient.
  • The Physician must register the patient in the Compassionate Use Registry.
  • The Physician must maintain a treatment plan which determines the dose, route of administration, planned duration, monitoring of the patient’s illness, tolerance to MM and submit the plan to the University of Florida, College of Pharmacy on a quarterly basis for research purposes.
  • The physician may order no more than a forty five (45) day supply for each patient.
  • Marijuana has been legalized for MEDICAL USE ONLY.
  • Recreational use of Marijuana is ILLEGAL.

HealthSmart M.D. Compassionate Care

  • HealthSmart M.D. is in the process of receiving State Certification to become a Compassionate Care M.D.
  • Medical Marijuana (“MM”), for which we will call Cannabis in all professional venues, will be prescribed meticulously following all state laws and guidelines and with the same caution and safety as current legally prescribed controlled substances ex.: Xanax, Valium, Ambien, Vicodin, Percocet, etc.
  • Cannabinoids are the pharmacologically active botanicals in Cannabis.  The Eight (8) main Cannabinoids are: Delta 9 Tetrahydrocannibinol (THC), Tetrhydrocannbinolic acid (THCa), Cannabidiol (CBD), Cannabidiolic acid (CBDa), Cannabinol (CBN), Cannabichromene (CBC), Cannabigerol (CBG) & Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV).
  • HealthSmart M.D. will not be recommending SMOKING ANY PLANT PARTS as there is an increased risk of lung cancer.
  • HealthSmart M.D. will not be recommending ANY EDIBLE products as accidental dosing and overdosing are common problems in other legalized states.
  • Once Medical Products are available, we will choose only products which are laboratory tested for purity and potency of the five (5) Cannabinoids listed above and which can be safely delivered to the patient in a metered dosage.
  • Patients will sign a contract and consent form with HealthSmart M.D. clearly outlining the treatment plan, dosing schedule, safety and precautions.
  • Regardless of state guidelines, all patients enrolled in HealthSmart M.D.’s Compassinate Care program will be evaluated in our office a minimum of every thirty (30) days or less if the Physician deems necessary or the State of Florida mandates.
  • If at any time patients violate the terms and guidelines of HealthSmart M.D., they will be discharged from our program and we will formally notify the Compassionate Use Registry of such action.