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Florida Senate passes medical marijuana plan

Posted on 04-17-2017 Posted in Addiction Treatment - 0 Comments

In November 2016, Florida voters approved the Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative or Amendment 2 that legalized medical marijuana in the state. What emerged as the biggest supporter of the medical marijuana legislation was the bill presented by Senator Rob Bradley. On April 3, 2017, Florida Senate passed Senate Bill (SB) 406 sponsored by Bradley, refining regulations related to the legal use of cannabis.

Originally filed in January 2017, SB 406 takes into account the concerns of the more conservative legislators, ensures that those benefitting from medical marijuana are able to get it and also factors in the economic side of the equation. The SB is still on the agenda of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services.

In addition to calling for the compassionate use of low-THC cannabis, SB 406 aims to do the following:

  • Ensure the passage of the Medical Marijuana Research and Education Act.
  • Allow the Department of Health (DOH) to create a quality control program requiring medical marijuana treatment centers (MMTCs) to submit samples from each cannabis lot to an independent testing laboratory.
  • Authorize physicians to issue certifications to specified patients meeting certain conditions.
  • Require the DOH to register caregivers who meet particular requirements of the compassionate use registry.

The bill allows non-Florida residents, who qualify under the state law and are approved to get medical marijuana in their own state, to obtain medical marijuana. However, SB 406 prohibits minors from purchasing marijuana and requires pot to be purchased by a parent, guardian or caregiver.

A win-win for all

A promising aspect of SB 406 is that it encourages the state to undertake research and independent testing to make medical marijuana safer and medically viable for use. As marijuana has been legalized in several states across the U.S., there is a requirement for new research to make the substance safer and medically viable for consumption. To deal with the issue, Senator Bradley’s bill creates a new medical marijuana research group.

The new bill also takes care of the humane argument of its supporters by ensuring that the sick and dying have access to medical marijuana. As the bill calls for the compassionate use of low-THC cannabis, it also expands supply received by medical marijuana patients. Although the limit has been increased from 45 to 90 days, doctors could go above the 90-day limit, if necessary.

To take care of the economic side of the equation, SB 406 allows for more dispensaries with five marijuana dispensaries to be approved by Oct. 3, 2017, and another four for every 75,000 medical marijuana patients. At present, Florida has just seven legal dispensaries authorized to sell medical pot. The new bill expands the license cap by five businesses once the state gets 250,000 patients, then 350,000, 400,000, and for every 100,000 patients thereafter.

Road to recovery

Despite benefits of medical marijuana, the drug remains an addictive substance that is prone to abuse and addiction. Useful in treating chronic pain and many other illnesses, its side effects often override its health benefits. Long-term use and abuse of cannabis can have disastrous consequences for an individual and ruin one’s health leading to physical and behavioral changes.

For addiction to drugs such as marijuana, Sovereign Health offers comprehensive addiction treatment combining detox with therapy. At Sovereign Health of Florida, addiction treatment combines residential detox treatment along with behavioral therapy methods. With the goal to provide a lasting recovery and avoid relapse, we provide all our patients with resources to remain drug and alcohol-free.

Call us at our 24/7 helpline 866-269-2493 or chat online with our trained counselors to know more about marijuana addiction treatment offered at our facilities. Our representatives can help you get access to our finest marijuana rehab centers spread across the U.S.

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