Residents of Miami can now legally buy medical marijuana at an approved dispensary with a state-issued ID card under Amendment 2, which was passed in November of 2016.
The new law expanded the use of medical marijuana so that is now accessible to more individuals.
Prior to the new law, only those with a terminal illness could buy and use medical marijuana and they could only legally purchase marijuana with a very low percentage of the psychoactive THC chemical.
What Amendment 2 Changed
Amendment 2 has made medical marijuana more accessible to those in the state of Florida who have one of ten approved conditions and who want to use medical marijuana as a treatment option.
Once approved by a board-certified medical marijuana doctor, these patients can purchase medical marijuana in the form of a tincture, cream, oil, or flower that can be made into an edible or vaped.
Florida residents still cannot legally buy marijuana to smoke as a medical treatment.
What Conditions Must Be Present
To qualify for medical marijuana use, you must suffer from one of the following conditions:
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Most often affected war veterans and those who have suffered abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder is a severe form of anxiety that has shown excellent results with medical marijuana treatments.
- Epilepsy: Characterized by seizures that can occur as frequently as several times per week, epilepsy is thought to be caused by abnormal electrical brain activity. Medical marijuana has proven effective in treating both the severity and number of seizures those with epilepsy suffer from.
- Cancer: Cancer is one of the biggest killers in the United States and strikes thousands of people every day. Medical marijuana not only helps slow cancerous tumor growth, but it can also help cancer patients better deal with the side effects of radiation and chemotherapy.
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: ALS is a progressive disease that involves loss of muscular control and muscular atrophy. Medical marijuana has proven effective in helping ALS patients improve voluntary muscle control.
- HIV and AIDS: These two separate conditions, which are characterized by a weakened immune system and susceptibility to disease and infections, can be treated with medical marijuana. The herb is thought to boost the immune system in these individuals.
- Multiple Sclerosis: MS can lead to symptoms such as extreme fatigue, loss of coordination, and blurred vision. Using medical marijuana can lessen these symptoms and help patients regain some of their prior muscle control.
- Crohn’s Disease: Those who suffer from Crohn’s disease know that the abdominal pain and intolerance to many foods can have a huge impact on their lives. The anti-inflammatory property of medical marijuana can help those suffering from Crohn’s regain some of their well-being.
- Glaucoma: Glaucoma, caused in part by high eye pressure, is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. One of the effects of medical marijuana is that it can lower eye pressure and decrease the risk of developing glaucoma or treat the painful symptoms of the disease.
- Parkinson’s Disease: A devastating disease characterized by uncontrollable tremors, Parkinson’s is caused in part by an impaired ability to release dopamine. Because medical marijuana naturally increases dopamine, it can be a potent weapon in the fight against Parkinson’s symptoms.
Other Qualifications You Must Meet
If you have one of the above conditions, your physician will want to review your medical records to see how long you have had the condition, what symptoms you exhibit, and what other types of treatments you have tried.
If you have not tried any prescriptions drugs, lifestyle changes, or other forms of treatment, your physician may not recommend medical marijuana use at this time. However, if you have tried other treatments and have found they have not worked or that the side effects are too profound, he or she may find that medical marijuana is a good alternative.
How to Get your Medical Marijuana ID Card
To buy weed in Miami, you must have a state-issued medical marijuana card. To obtain one of these cards, you must get a recommendation from a board-licensed physician who has been specially trained in the areas of medical marijuana. Once you have this recommendation, you can apply for your medical marijuana card through the Department of Health. Once approved, you will receive your medical marijuana card in the mail and be able to purchase marijuana for one year before you must renew your state-issued medical marijuana card.
Where to Buy Weed
Once you have received your medical marijuana card in the mail, you can then use it to purchase weed at any licensed dispensary in the state. It is not legal to sell or buy marijuana in a form that can be smoked under Amendment 2. You will be able to buy medical marijuana in the form of an oil, tincture, cream, or flower that can be used to make edibles or other treatments. At this time, you are not able to grow marijuana in your home in the state of Florida for personal medical use.
When you visit the dispensary, you will be asked for ID and your medical marijuana card. You will also be able to talk with professionals at the dispensary who can help direct you to the proper type of marijuana for your specific condition. There are many different strains of marijuana and the staff will help you determine whether you need a high THC strain, one that is CBD-dominant, or some combination of the two.
Are you interested in learning more about how medical marijuana can become a valuable part of your treatment plan? If you currently suffer from AIDS/HIV, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, cancer, post-traumatic stress disorder, Crohn’s, ALS, or epilepsy, you should look into using medical marijuana as a complementary or alternative treatment.
Schedule an appointment with a licensed medical marijuana doctor to see if you qualify for use of mm and what strains and types of marijuana would be best for your treatment plan.
If you have questions about using medical marijuana to treat your condition or if you would like to schedule an appointment with a qualified medical marijuana physician, please visit mmjdoctors.com or click here to schedule your appointment.