Medical marijuana clinic targets veterans, low-income in Parramore on Saturday – Orlando SentinelPosted by On

A pop-up event in Orlando on Saturday aims to increase access to medical marijuana for veterans, low-income and minority individuals, though anyone is welcome.

From noon to 4 p.m., the medical marijuana dispensary Surterra Wellness and the nonprofit Minorities 4 Medical Marijuana are hosting a Safe Access Clinic and block party at Parramore’s WestArt District, a former industrial complex at 1011 W Central Blvd.

Physicians will offer education and free medical marijuana card consultations and prescriptions. Patients will need to pay the $77.50 required state fee for the medical card and will get discounts on Surterra Wellness’ products.

“There is an extreme health disparity and lack of health equity, specifically in the Florida market, around who has access to the plant from medical providers,” said James Jackson, senior director of social equity for Surterra Wellness’ parent company, Parallel.

Studies suggest cannabis — the plant that marijuana comes from — can help with a variety of conditions such as cancer, certain forms of epilepsy, loss of appetite, mental health issues such as post traumatic stress disorder, weight loss associated with HIV/AIDS and multiple sclerosis, according to the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.

These conditions can impact anyone, and some of them are more common in minorities or low-income individuals. Despite this, since Florida first legalized medical marijuana in 2014 the…

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