FLORIDA: Voters will consider making Florida the 24th state and the first in the South to approve a comprehensive medical marijuana program, but opponents argue a synthetic form of marijuana already offers medical relief that’s controlled by the Food and Drug Administration.
The debate over medical marijuana in Florida has raged between supporters who cast it as a compassionate way to treat pain and suffering, and opponents who say it’s the opening of a Pandora’s box that cannot be controlled.
If passed, the law would allow medical use of marijuana for patients with debilitating diseases, including cancer, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, hepatitis C, ALS, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis. However, it also allows Florida physicians to certify it for any patient with conditions that could benefit.
The state Department of Health will set the regulations, including registering and regulating centers, dispensaries and farms, issuing identification cards to patients and caregivers — and keeping patients’ identities confidential.