Florida Department of Health puts restrictions on Medical Marijuana, some Patients worry about future usagePosted by On

TAMPA – The Florida Department of Health recently issued an emergency ruling on medical marijuana to limit amounts and dosage.

Some patients worry about what this could mean for future usage. “I started having what they refer to as grand mal cluster seizures in about 2012,” said Jeffery Swoyer, who uses medical cannabis.

The Mayo Clinic defines a grand mal seizure as a seizure with a loss of consciousness and violent muscle contractions.

“I would have those in clusters of up to five to seven at a time,” said Swoyer.

He tells ABC Action News after he got his diagnosis, he was put on heavy doses of pharmaceutical drugs, but they didn’t help.

That’s when he found a new doctor and turned to medical marijuana. He said he noticed improvements almost immediately.

“My neurological distress was almost zero,” said Swoyer.

Over time with cannabis, his seizures have gotten progressively better.

“At this point, we’ve gotten the medicines dialed in at such a level to where I’m pushing towards three years seizure-free,” said Swoyer.

That’s why the emergency ruling has him concerned.

“The state has put regulations and limits in terms of the amount of milligrams of THC that people can purchase overall. They put limits on the number of milligrams for each different type of route of administration. And they put in this rolling limitation that a person can only get so many milligrams per 70-day period,” said Dr. David Berger, Certified Pediatrician at Wholistic…

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