January 2, 2017 | by Staff
On November 08, 2016, Florida became one of the 28 states (as well as Washington DC) to amend its marijuana laws. The Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, more commonly known as Amendment 2, received overwhelming approval by Floridians. Almost 72% of voters voted yes to Amendment 2, which now makes it legal for people with certain incapacitating conditions to access medical marijuana.
Among those most grateful for the amendment are Florida’s retirees. In the Sunshine State, 53 of the 67 counties have populations over 65 years of age. That makes Florida the state with the most elderly Americans, and of course, retirees. These retirees helped push the tipping point for the state’s recent legislation.
While there are people who use marijuana for recreational purposes or even for religious and ritualistic purposes, there are many (such as retirees) who depend on cannabis to relieve many debilitating diseases. These folks may not be entirely relieved by traditional medicine, or if they are, may experience adverse side effects.
Some of the most common diseases treated by cannabis are:
Florida is slated to become a medical hub for older folks searching for alternative health care. There is no question about this, as statistics indicate retirees are flocking to states with legal cannabis.
Data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reports that the use of cannabis has increased amongst Americans aged 50 and over in the past 10 years. This suggests that the days when retirees only flocked to Florida for its warm temperatures, where they can relax and enjoy their golden years. Florida is now the place where they can equally enjoy the benefits of cannabis.
The Department of Health in Florida must register and regulate the production and distribution medical marijuana. Only licensed physicians in the state can make prescriptions for its use. Similar to the 20-year medical cannabis laws in California, Florida physicians must clearly assess and declare the patient’s condition before any doses of marijuana can be prescribed.
Doing so means seniors can now have peace of mind, knowing that the industry is a safe and legal one. It will also influence a change in attitude of those who before had reservations about consuming cannabis. The legal framework that is now being put in place will ensure that more information about marijuana and its benefits will be made available to the public.
Amendment 2 will reinvent healthcare practices in Florida, but most importantly, it has brought hope for those who otherwise would have lived the rest of their lives in pain. Senior Directory, a popular website promoting its use for medical purposes among retirees, listed the following as important facts senior citizens should know about marijuana:
For years, many argued that cannabis use should remain illegal because of the negative effects it had on developing youth. But today, it’s becoming clearer that the benefits of the substance, especially for older Americans, far outweighs these concerns, especially as regulations for its use and distribution have been outlined.
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