Medical Marijuana: An Insight Into a Patient’s Journey

Medical marijuana is legally legal in 30 states in the United States, including the following:

Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusettsachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia. For more details click St. Louis Medical Marijuana.

Each of these states has its own set of rules and regulations regulating their use and qualifications.

Here in Florida, under the control of a certified and licenced marijuana doctor, the Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, also known as Amendment 2, was passed on November 8, 2016 for qualified patients. In addition, with a total of 6,518,919 (71.32 percent) YES votes and 2,621,845 (28.68 percent) NO votes, this amendment passed.

Marijuana has been listed as a Schedule 1 substance by the federal government, making it illegal for doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients. These cannabis doctors can only make medical cannabis recommendations in accordance with state law, which may be valid for up to 1 year. Patients are not allowed to go to a pharmacy to carry out a medical marijuana prescription.

Medical marijuana physicians are not required to be affiliated with any medical cannabis distributors or clinics due to strict regulations.

Under this provision, only those patients with “debilitating ailments” are given legal protection. PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), Chronic Muscle Spasms, Multiple Sclerosis, Strokes, Epilepsy, Glaucoma, Crohn’s Disease, Cancer, HIV/Aids, ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s Disease), and Parkinson’s Disease are among the diseases protected by it.

Despite the fact that the above illnesses were classified as “key disabling conditions,” Amendment 2 added the following: “or any other ailment/condition of comparable severity/symptoms, as determined by a physician’s opinion that the medicinal use of marijuana would outweigh any possible health risks.”

There are currently around 56 marijuana physicians known and identified in Florida.


I came across a video on Facebook a few months ago about a man with Parkinson’s disease who was given a medical cannabis shot. The videos before and after were pretty impressive. You can see this man’s severe tremors, stuttering and abnormal posturing before the treatment. The video that followed showed a very different person. Intelligible and audible was his voice. He had no stuttering or tremors, and his movements were very controlled. This guy was walking and talking like any other ordinary person. He also spoke about how it has helped him live a happier life.