Medical Marijuana

Hello again and thanks for coming back, today I’m talking about Medical Marijuana. I have a few friends who have some family members or themselves who are now trying out this medical marijuana and I must say it is working quite well for them.

I have Fibromyalgia and I also live with cronic pian.  Believe it or not this is also an everyday struggle for many. Myself, I have found that taking Turmeric and Curcumin (all natural) works well for me. After doing a little research I found a turmeric curcumin supplement on Amazon and order it that way. I’ve found it’s the cheapest way for me to obtain this. My pain is only the tip of the iceberg for most.

I have spoke with many who live with The Big C and let me tell you their story is difficult to hear. I meet so many people in my profession and at the end of the day I have several names who I say prayers for. I don’t always remember their names on that exact day but I do believe I fit them all in and eventually say a prayer for them. It pains me to hear people suffering from COPD, Emphysema, Seizures or any kind of Cancer at that. Those are just a few to mention. There are so many more….  So I found these articles and I thought maybe we could discuss this. It’s huge and I do believe it works… So come on guys let’s not be afraid to discuss this.  Don’t be afraid to say how you feel because it’s Marijuana…..

A majority of Floridians have already spoken. Two years ago, nearly 58 percent of voters said doctors should be able to prescribe medical marijuana for people with certain conditions. But because 60 percent is needed to pass a state constitutional amendment, the measure died.

Last year, the push to legalize medical marijuana was back as Amendment 2. Once again, we urged voters to say “yes.”

Smoking or digesting cannabis to alleviate pain, seizures or anxiety is hardly controversial anymore. Medical marijuana is now legal in 25 states and Washington D.C. Last November, another four states, including Florida, were considering its passage and it won the popular vote.

Those who opposed,  feared it would allow children to get medical pot from their doctor. They feared it would be prescribed for just about anything, including a hangnail. They feared caregivers would become drug dealers.

Last year, the generic term “debilitating” illness is redefined as illnesses comparable to cancer, HIV, post-traumatic stress disorder, Parkinson’s Disease and epilepsy. A minor cannot be prescribed cannabis unless a parent or guardian gives consent. And the Department of Health can limit the number of people to whom a caregiver can provide marijuana.

Florida is home to the nation’s largest percentage of elderly residents, a population at high risk for chronic painful diseases. Many are being overprescribed opioid-based pain pills, which have a high probability for abuse. Last year in Broward County, an estimated 200 people died from prescription opioid overdoses.

In some of these cases, cannabis — which can be distributed in a smokable form, as an oil or as an edible — would provide a safer alternative. Cannabis doesn’t kill.

Because of a federal ban on cannabis, researchers have had difficulty obtaining and testing the plant for medicinal purposes. And that lets opponents argue there’s not enough scientific proof that it has medical benefits.

But the results are undeniable.

From children with severe forms of epilepsy to adults with cancer, cannabis has provided relief with minimal side effects. People undergoing chemotherapy say smoking marijuana relieves nausea, pain and anxiety like nothing else.

Jacel Delgadillo, of Miami, says that before she started giving medical-grade THC to her five-year-old son, Bruno, he suffered 300 seizures a day. The low-grade THC that Florida legalized two years doesn’t help. But the medical-grade version has reduced his seizures to about three a day. To get it, she must travel to California and break the law in bringing it back. But when you watch the relief it gives her boy, you understand why she does what she does.

“I had to try to convince people to approve a medication that’s helping with his seizures, that’s helping him cognitively, that’s helping him in his daily life,” Delgadillo says. “All I want is a better quality of life for him, that’s all I’m asking for. I’m just fighting for his life. It’s my life right now, fighting for him.”

Opponents argued that if Amendment 2 passed, unregulated pot shops would flourish across Florida. They’ve sent out mailers warning voters that “you can expect the seedy elements of the pot industry to move in right next door to your neighborhood, your church, your business and even your children’s school.”

PolitiFact found this claim “mostly false.”

If the amendment passes, state lawmakers can regulate the industry. And cities could limit the number and location of dispensaries. No one wants a pot shop on every corner.

But the legislature’s refusal to act on cannabis is what’s driven citizens to seek the right via a constitutional amendment.

A majority of Florida voters have already said they want to let sick and suffering patients use cannabis.

It’s time to put Amendment 2 over the top and they did. They voted “YES” to Ammendment 2

Here:

Amendment 2 passes in landslide: What’s next for legal pot?

Updated: 3:38 p.m. Thursday, November 10, 2016 |  Posted: 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Now that Amendment 2 has passed in a landslide, entrepreneur Cole Berger is turning his attention to opening a facility that would produce edible forms of cannabis.

But before he and other budding ganjapreneurs launch their businesses, many pieces must fall into place, including state and local rules to govern medical marijuana in Florida. One wild card: How will President-elect Donald Trump view pot, which remains illegal at the federal level?

Seeing opportunity in a new industry that could serve perhaps half a million Floridians, entrepreneurs are poised to invest millions in the cultivation, processing and sale of cannabis.

“We’re businesspeople, not stoners,” Berger said. “We’ve been positioning ourselves to get ready for this opportunity. We’ve seen what’s happened in California and Colorado.”

Berger hopes to spend $5 million to $10 million for a facility that would create high-quality cannabis products for people with cancer, AIDS and other “debilitating” medical conditions.

Others are lining up to cash in on Florida’s budding industry, which could generate hundreds of millions of dollars in annual sales.

“We want to do something that’s safe — definitely not candy,” Berger said.

Edibles have gained popularity because eating cannabis is considered safer than smoking it, but the products — which include cookies and granola — also have drawn scrutiny. New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd visited a Denver dispensary in 2014 and wrote about the unpleasant night she spent after unwittingly overdosing on a weed candy bar.

That sparked new rules in Colorado, where all edibles now include warnings about dosage. And to prevent children from mistaking ganja gummies for regular candy, Colorado this year banned the sale of edibles that look like candies.

Berger said he’s unsure where High Hopes Gourmet will operate, but he stressed that its facilities will be separate from the facilities where he makes salsa and bruschetta for sale in grocery stores.

Now that voters have directed the state to expand its medical marijuana industry, the Florida Department of Health must write regulations, and local authorities must work out zoning rules.

Regulatory questions remain, but Florida already has a state-licensed cannabis industry. Doctors this year began approving patients to use so-called non-euphoric pot, or Charlotte’s Web.

That program has enrolled about 400 people with seizure disorders, and it could serve as a template for a broader marijuana industry.

“From a regulatory perspective, they’ve done some of the lifting,” said Ben Pollara, campaign manager for the pro-pot push. “We’re not starting from scratch. There’s kind of a basic foundation on which to build.”

Technically, Florida’s new weed industry should be up and running by October. But considering the long delays in the rollout of Charlotte’s Web, state regulators might need more time.

“There’s a lot of optimism about where the Florida medical marijuana market is going to go in the long run,” Walsh said. “Having said that, it’s unlikely that Florida will be able to hit all of its targets in the timeline. If I had to bet on it, I’d put my money on the side that there will be delays.”

Then there’s the matter of Trump’s surprise victory. While Hillary Clinton seemed likely to continue the Obama administration’s stance of staying out of state-regulated cannabis programs, it’s unclear how Trump views pot, or how a law-and-order Justice Department head might regulate marijuana.

“You could have an attorney general who says, ‘It is a Schedule 1 drug. It violates federal law,’” said Colin Roopnarine, an attorney at Berger Singerman in Tallahassee.

If that transpires, Walsh said, “You might see states put the brakes on their programs.”

Once Florida’s medical marijuana program is launched, patients will need a doctor’s permission to qualify for the medicine. Doctors don’t learn about cannabis in medical school, and the Florida Medical Association opposed Amendment 2, so there’s something of a disconnect between physicians and pot.

Wellington entrepreneur Gregg Weiss runs Canna Holdings, a company that hosts medical conferences to teach doctors about marijuana.

“It’s great that it passed, but there’s still a lot of work to do,” Weiss said. “We’ve got a long way to go to educate physicians and educate patients.”

Take a look at my next post and see why most Floridian have to wait to be approved. This Sucks for them!!

Thanks Guys!

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