More than 300 people showed up to protest the current state of medical marijuana recently, among them doctors, patients and even those who would be growers if the law allowed. They all attended a meeting about the proposed rules for medical marijuana.
Many people have been concerned about medical marijuana use, and many of those who have been arrested for possession of marijuana would be able to use it legally for a medical condition if the rules were changed. A medical marijuana lawyer or a medical marijuana law firm may be exactly what is needed for those people.
The Office of Compassionate Use is the organization that regulates medical marijuana in Florida and they have decided to hold public meetings throughout the state to hear new ideas on marijuana legislation. This most recent one was at the Broward County Health Department. They were expecting about 70 but more than 300 people showed up to speak.
In November, voters passed an amendment allowing medical marijuana for patients with certain diseases like cancer, epilepsy, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s and more. The state has to figure out the rules that govern this new law by July 1, 2017. They’ll need to decide things like whether to expand the number of growers and how to allow medical marijuana to be distributed, as well as the number of distribution facilities. The public said they wanted the following on the open meeting last Tuesday:
- Expansion of businesses that were allowed to grow, sell and process marijuana
- End the requirement that a patient must wait 90 days from the first doctor visit to get a prescription
- End the requirement that a marijuana business must do everything – grow, sell, process, etc. themselves
- Ensure that marijuana edibles are not packaged as to be attractive to children
- Be more liberal with which diseases qualify for medical marijuana and allow the list to be determined by the Florida Board of Medicine
It isn’t clear yet what will happen with these requests, but it is a step in the right direction. In the meantime, if you have a medical marijuana legal issue and you need a Miami criminal lawyer, make sure that you choose a criminal lawyer in Miami that is well-versed in the current medical marijuana laws and can protect your rights if they are violated.
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