Not all states in the U.S. are medical marijuana’s states, so today we’re going to take a look at what you should know about the different states and their medical marijuana laws.
Medical Marijuana’s States – What You Need to Know
You probably already know that different states have different laws when it comes to medical marijuana use. Let’s take a look at the details that you need to know!
States Where Medical Marijuana Use Is Permitted
- West Virginia
- New Hampshire
- Washington DC
- Rhode Island
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
States Where Medical and Recreational Marijuana Use is Permitted
- New Mexico
- New Jersey
- New York
There are also some states where neither medicinal or recreational marijuana use is permitted, these states include:
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
As a physician in Florida, the Florida regulations are of most interest to our clients. These regulations include the following:
Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative (Amendment 2) – Approved Nov. 8, 2016 by 71.3% of voters. Amends the Florida Constitution.
State Website: Office of Medical Marijuana Use
Effective: Jan. 3, 2017
Possession and Cultivation Limits*
Usable Marijuana: to be determined
Plants: to be determined
Cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, PTSD, ALS, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, a terminal condition diagnosed by a physician other than the qualified physician issuing the physician certification, and chronic nonmalignant pain caused by a qualifying medical condition or that originates from a qualifying medical condition and persists beyond the usual course of that qualifying medical condition.
*Please consult the state for the most recent possession/cultivation limits and the current list of approved conditions.
Do You Qualify For Medical Marijuana Use?
Whether or not you qualify for medical marijuana use depends on the state where you live since different states have different regulations. Here in Florida, the following conditions qualify patients for the medical use of marijuana:
Anorexia & Eating Disorders
Crohn’s Disease & Gut Disorders
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) & Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
Insomnia & Sleep Disorders
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Severe & Chronic Pain
Sickle Cell Anemia
Medical conditions of the same kind or class as or comparable to those above
A terminal condition diagnosed by a physician other than the qualified physician issuing the physician certification.
Are You Unsure About Medical Marijuana Use?
If you are unsure whether medical marijuana use is right for you, the best approach is to talk with an experienced and qualified medical marijuana physician. A licensed physician can answer any questions that you might have and explain anything that you don’t understand. The benefit of talking to a licensed physician instead of searching the internet for answers is that doctors can answer YOUR questions and give you answers that apply to YOUR situation. This is particularly important if you are taking any other medications or have health conditions that could impact your response to medical marijuana.
At The Medical Marijuana Doctor, we make sure that all of our patients understand how medical marijuana can help them but also any potential side effects that can impact their life as a result of using medical marijuana. For most of our patients, those side effects are negligible in comparison to the benefits that they experience and the sheer relief they feel after suffering from symptoms for so long!
If you have questions, we recommend that you write them down before you have your consultation visit with the doctor. This way, you won’t forget your questions when you get into the office and you can make sure that all of your questions get answered to where you feel comfortable moving forward! You might even want to bring a pen to write down the answers to your questions so that you can review them once you get back home – we know doctor visits are always so much to take in!
In Need of a Medical Marijuana Physician?
If you live in Florida and are in need of a medical marijuana physician, The Medical Marijuana Doctor can help! Begin by making your free consultation appointment online today!