With the passing of Amendment 2, Floridians are now able to qualify for Compassionate Care Act.
Amendment 2, and the expanded qualifying medical conditions, became effective as of January 3, 2017. Section 381.986 F.S. remains in effect and the Florida Department of Health, physicians, dispensing organizations, and patients remain obligated to obey existing law and rule. The Department of Health is committed to expediting the process and move into rulemaking to create a regulatory structure for Amendment 2.
What does this mean for me?
If you are a Florida resident begin seeing a physician who has been approved by the state of FL for Amendment 2 certifications, you may be eligible to receive a medical certification after 90 days of treatment with a qualifying condition.
What is a qualifying condition?
It is the responsibility of the qualified physician to follow Florida constitution and statute, diagnose patients and determine if medical cannabis is an appropriate treatment.
A patient qualified to receive an order for the clause 2 medication must:
● Be a permanent resident of Florida.
● Be a patient of the ordering physician for at least 3 months
● Be diagnosed with a qualifying physical medical condition
Section 381.986, F.S. permits Cannabis Clinician’s qualified physicians to order medical cannabis in Florida for a eligible patients suffering from cancer or a physical medical condition that chronically produces symptoms of seizures or severe and persistent muscle spasms, to alleviate symptoms of said disease, disorder, or condition. If no other satisfactory alternative treatment options exist for the qualified patient, then our certified physicians may recommend a different remedy.
The statute also allows a qualified physician to order the medication for an eligible patient with a terminal condition that is attested to by the patient’s physician and confirmed by a second independent evaluation by a board-certified physician in an appropriate specialty for that condition.
Florida law defines a terminal condition: “A progressive disease or medical or surgical condition that causes significant functional impairment, is not considered by a treating physician to be reversible even with the administration of available treatment options currently approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration, and, without the administration of life-sustaining procedures, will result in death within one year after diagnosis if the condition runs its normal course.”
According to Florida’s Amendment 2 that are currently being written, broad range of diagnosable conditions MAY BE eligible for an Amendment 2 recommendation…
● ALS (Lou Gehrig’s)
● Back Pain
● Cachexia (Wasting Syndrome)
● Crohn’s Disease
● Cyclical Vomiting Syndrome
● Hepatitis C
● Irritable Bowel Syndrome (with chronic abdominal pain)
● Lyme Disease
● Multiple Sclerosis
● Muscle Spasms
● Muscular Dystrophy
● Parkinson’s Disease
● Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD)
● Severe & Chronic Pain
● Severe Nausea
● Sickle Cell Anemia
● Any Terminal Condition
● Other Debilitating Condition of Like, Kind, Or Class
WE WOULD LIKE TO STRESS THAT MOST OF THESE CONDITIONS ARE NOT YET WRITTEN INTO THE STATE LAW. WE CANNOT CONFIRM THESE AILMENTS WILL BE COVERED BY THIS MEDICATION; FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH HAVE EXPRESSED THE URGENCY TO COMPLETE THE REGULATIONS, AND SAID THE LIST OF AILMENTS IS TO GROW EXPONENTIALLY.