Medical Marijuana Treatments Greatly Expanded in Florida

Medical Marijuana Treatments Greatly Expanded in Florida

HUDSON, FL., Nov. 18, 2016 –  Access to essential medical marijuana treatment will be expanded in Florida thanks to the passage of Amendment 2. The amendment, which increases access to medical marijuana treatment for debilitating medical conditions, passed with over 58 percent of the vote in November, according to the Washington Post on Nov. 8. Beginning in January, patients who were previously unable to qualify for medical marijuana treatment will be able to receive treatment.

Medical marijuana treatment has been to been linked to reduced pain levels and increased quality of life for many debilitating medical conditions. A 2015 study completed at the NYU Langone Medical Center found a 50 percent reduction in seizures of 213 epilepsy patients. Other studies have revealed the benefits of medical marijuana treatment for patients with AIDS/HIV, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and Parkinson’s disease

Access to treatment was unavailable to many patients under Florida law until the passage of Amendment 2. Under the old regulations, only patients with some terminal illnesses, chronic seizures, severe muscle spasms and certain cancers were eligible to receive medical marijuana treatment; however, Amendment 2 now allows treatment for patients with epilepsy, glaucoma, AIDS/HIV, PTSD, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis.

To qualify for treatment, patients must have an established relationship with a state-certified physician for a minimum of three months. Once patients are registered with the state, patients are able to receive treatment for their debilitating medical condition. The ballot measure takes effect on Jan. 3, 2017.

Our lead physician, Dr. Mark Hashim, has been certified by the state of Florida to recommend medical marijuana as a treatment option for his patients in Hudson, FL, Beverly Hills, FL, and all throughout the Tampa Bay area.

We are also able to treat patients from all over the state of Florida, due to our unique online video conferencing appointment options.