Florida voters could soon be able to decide whether recreational marijuana will be legalized in the state in a move that’s been years and perhaps decades in the making.
Here’s a look at the state of marijuana legalization in Florida and what’s expected to happen in the next year.
A constitutional amendment approved by over 70% of voters in 2016 legalized medical marijuana in Florida.
Medical marijuana is legal for Florida residents with medical marijuana cards who have been diagnosed with qualifying conditions such as cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, among others.
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Once a patient has been diagnosed and entered into the state’s registry, they apply for a Medical Marijuana Use Registry Identification card. Once approved, the card can be used at medical marijuana treatment centers.
There are nearly 860,000 qualified medical marijuana patients in the state, according to the Florida Department of Health’s Office of Medical Marijuana Use.
All orders for medical marijuana are recorded and dispensed through the state’s Medical Marijuana Use Registry.
Licensed medical marijuana treatment centers, or dispensaries, are the only businesses in Florida authorized to dispense medical marijuana and low-THC cannabis.
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