After hearing from the people that patients should have the access to alternative medicine, especially cannabis, it has become very complex and frustrating to those delegating the laws and procedures in the Florida Senate. So far there have been several proposals to Amendment 2 or how to address the dispense and sell of medical marijuana, but there was something recently developed and created.

Health policy

Previously on Wednesday, the Florida Senate hosted a panel on Health Policy that led to five different approaches to the proposed bills and Amendment 2.

Sen. Dana Young revealed many of the early fault lines in what a cannabis bill might look like in the state of Florida and how it would be implemented into procedures and policies already in place. The definitive part of the argument is how to clearly define patients who have the top 10 disabilities that could have access to cannabis.

One argument was certain, chronic pain. For example, It could be easy to fake a condition or say that someone suffers from the condition and they can have access to cannabis to recreationally smoke when someone else who has a condition like fibromyalgia that suffers from chronic pain could be given the type of cannabis that would be beneficial to them.

However, there is a solution to the fake and real disease situation that could become a problem before the laws become enacted.

Patients with some of these diseases that are listed on the Amendment 2 could be screened and inputted into a medical marijuana database so that when they show up with a cannabis card and a prescription, it is easy to look up the condition and give the prescribed cannabis. But I am guessing that they didn't figure that part out yet.

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While there have been proposals, the bill HB 1397 provides a very restrictive control of what is appropriate for these up and coming patients who can have access to medical marijuana. It bans edibles, vaping, and smoking cannabis for medical use. It could overrule the law established in 2014 where some patients in Florida who have epilepsy can vape medical marijuana if it is low in THC.

So far the views on edibles or products that have been mixed in cannabis oil are still a concern among helping disabled patients get ID's for cannabis and defining the meaning of being disabled or having a chronic condition. If anything, they are willing to keep the original cannabis program in place, but with heavier laws and fees on top.