Florida Is 1st Southern State To Legalize MMJ

Congratulations Sunshine State, Amendment 2 has been approved!

The new amendment calls for the Department of Health to register and regulate centers that produce and distribute marijuana for medical purposes.  Medical marijuana identification cards will be distributed to patients and caregivers with a physicians approval.  Similar to New York, the conditions to apply for a medical marijuana card are extremely strict.  Patients suffering from epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, PTSD, ALS, Crohn's disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, cancer or other debilitating medical conditions may be able to apply for a card.

“The victory this time around proves that you can’t keep a good cause down,” said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance. “In fact, I’d wager that more than half of all Floridians now support legalizing marijuana for all adults.  It’s just a matter of time before that’s ripe for a new ballot initiative.” 

In 2014, a similar initiative was denied by missing the 60% mark by 3.4%.  Nadelmann feels, “Better late than never."  Florida is one of the few states that are voting to legalize medical marijuana on this years ballot, along with Arkansas, North Dakota and Montana. California, Arizona, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada are voting to legalize marijuana regulation as well.