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Who Can Legally Use Medical Marijuana in Florida?

By Hager & Schwartz, P.A.

February 8, 2019

Marijuana use is a hotly debated issue across the United States, but right now, recreational marijuana is still illegal in Florida; however, some people qualify for the Compassionate Use Registry. The Compassionate Use Registry contains a list of names of patients who can purchase and use marijuana as a treatment for their sickness. What that said, it’s essential to determine who can get placed on Florida’s Compassionate Use Registry.

Who Qualifies for Medical Marijuana Use in Florida?

An important note about medical marijuana, you can only get a prescription for an approved condition after other treatments fail. Therefore, medical marijuana is a backup plan when other treatment options fail. The goal of this stipulation is to stop people from faking sicknesses to get approved for medical marijuana.

The following are approved conditions for Florida medical marijuana use:

  • ALS;
  • Anxiety;
  • Anorexia;
  • Arthritis;
  • Cancer;
  • Epilepsy;
  • Glaucoma;
  • PTSD;
  • Chron’s disease;
  • Parkinson’s;
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS).

Additionally, Florida law allows people with “other debilitating medical conditions of the same kind or class” like the ones mentioned above to receive medical marijuana as a form of treatment. However, as previously stated, medical marijuana is only a viable option after other medical treatment options have been exhausted.

As you can see, Florida medical marijuana users do exist, and there are a variety of ailments that medical marijuana can attempt to fix. However, people will continue to use marijuana recreationally regardless of its legality. Therefore, if you or a loved one are accused of marijuana possession or possession with the intent to sell, Hager & Schwartz is ready to take on your case.

Call (386) 693-1637 now for an immediate consultation for your case!