The use of medical marijuana first became legal in Florida in 2014, with the passing of the Compassionate Use Act. At this time, access was limited to patients suffering from epilepsy and cancer.
June 2017 saw the signing into law the necessary framework and guidelines for an expanded medical cannabis program covering the treatment of a variety of conditions as prescribed by a qualified physician. To get a medical marijuana card, you need to meet certain criteria, one of which is a diagnosis for any of the qualifying conditions and a physician’s recommendation that medical cannabis will help your condition.
Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana in Florida
Medical marijuana has been proven effective in treating a wide range of physical and mental conditions and disorders. Under Florida’s Amendment 2, you may be eligible for a medical marijuana card and get access to medical cannabis products if you suffer from the following
1. Conditions that Qualify
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Crohn’s disease
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Parkinson’s disease
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Other debilitating medical conditions of like, or the same kind or class as or comparable to the conditions listed above
- Terminal illness
- Chronic non-malignant pain
2. Conditions that Could Qualify
In the list of qualifying conditions above are “other debilitating medical conditions of like or the same class or kind as or comparable” to those explicitly listed as qualifying conditions.
Debilitating means the condition, physical or mental, interferes with or otherwise limits your everyday life and activities. A condition is classed as such if it interferes with your ability to think, concentrate, communicate, or sustain relationships. A condition is termed as physically debilitating if you cannot move around, walk, or drive, and perform manual tasks, making you miss work or unable to work because of the symptoms.
These debilitating conditions that may qualify you for a medical marijuana card fall into the following main groups
- Gastrointestinal (GI)
- Neurological and neurogenerative
When debilitating, these medical conditions for which you may be certified for a medical marijuana card in Florida include the following
- Back pain
- Chemotherapy side effects
- Hepatitis C
- Irritable Bowel Movement
- Lyme Disease
- Muscle Spasms and stiffness
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Ovarian Cysts
- Restless Leg Syndrome
- Severe and chronic pain
- Severe nausea
- Sickle Cell Anaemia
- Spinal cord injury
- Traumatic stress-causing conditions
- Tourette’s syndrome
- Ulcerative Colitis (UC)
While these are among the most common conditions that may qualify for treatment with medical marijuana, this is not a comprehensive list.