It seems that the cannabis reform movement is the actual winner of this year's election. A few days ago, marijuana was legalized in several states including Florida. From now on, the state provides broader access to medical weed.
Nov. 8 was a very important day for the cannabis world. Nine states voted for the change of marijuana laws. As a result, seven of them supported the legalization. Florida was among those states that approved a law to legalize medical marijuana use. Florida's Amendment No. 2 required the approval of 60 percent of voters. The final results showed that 71.2 percent supported the medical marijuana reform.
Before the introduction of Amendment No. 2, Florida allowed only part of the marijuana plant to be used. Now, Florida is the 26th state to have legalized medical marijuana.
The new measure officially permits the use of the herb and expands the list of diseases and symptoms that allow cannabis use. Now, the law allows prescribing marijuana for such conditions as cancer, epilepsy, AIDS, Crohn's disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, post-traumatic stress disorder, glaucoma, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. In addition, doctors can also prescribe cannabis treatment for any similar kind of ailment.
In 2014, a similar notion was rejected because of concerns that pot shops would pop up around the state and flood it. Besides, another reason for the measure's failure was the aspect of children safety and protection from the drug's influence. This year, the campaign advocates were sure in the amendment's success. The timing this season was also perfect. Having the ballot during the presidential election provided the necessary 60 percent of votes for it to become law.
This time, all loopholes were closed. Many regulations from the growing to transportation aspects had been already passed under the law of limited use. They will continue functioning under the amendment as well. The Department of Health is responsible for the regulation of cannabis distribution and identification cards. Underage patients will require written consent from their parents.
The opponents of the amendment express their hope that the legislature will have wide discretion on medical marijuana regulation.
The manager for United for Care, Ben Pollara, claims that there is still a lot of work to do on cannabis reform. There have been conversations with the legislature about the campaign's next steps. A number of conflicts have to be resolved before the beginning of the 2017 session in March. However, there is nothing that cannot be dealt with by combined efforts.