Medical Marijuana Use Continues to Expand in Florida

Dec 3, 2018

Medical Marijuana Sign at Curaleaf in Tallahassee
Credit Jade Jacobs

The medical marijuana industry continues to grow in Florida following a 2016 constitutional amendment. It’s getting easier for patients who suffer from certain conditions to receive the drug.

Florida currently has *fourteen medical marijuana operators authorized under the Department of Health and there are dispensaries in most counties.  Those who suffer from conditions like Cancer, Epilepsy and Glaucoma have the option of obtaining their medical cards from qualified physicians. But there are restrictions on how the drug can be consumed says Curaleaf Dispensary Manager Chris Barnett.

“Distribution for patients is either inhalation, which would be vaporizing marijuana, oral which would be ingested, sublingual which would be oils under the tongue, or topical, which would be a topical balm for localized pain.”

Smoking is still illegal under state law, but there is a lawsuit challenging that. Ten states have approved the drug for recreational use and 33 states have legalized it for medical use, however it is still illegal under federal law. 

Correction: The original post inluded twelve medical marijuana operators, but there are now fourteen.