Florida’s proponents of the potential medicinal applications of cannabis secured a tremendous victory back in 2014 when the Compassionate Use Act was passed, allowing people who suffered from epilepsy and cancer access to medical marijuana.
This piece of legislation was the foundation for the slow but sure growth of cannabis as a medical treatment in the state, which has expanded over the years to include a far wider range of qualifying conditions.
While it was initially only considered a legal treatment for two serious health issues, medical marijuana is now available to those who suffer from a wide range of medical conditions. The following is a list of the qualifying conditions:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
- Chronic pain
- Terminal illness
These are the qualifying conditions listed in the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative. They are the most likely to make someone eligible to receive a medical marijuana card, but the list is far from exhaustive.
According to the legislation, “Medical conditions of the same kind or class” and “all other debilitating medical conditions” may also qualify someone to use medical marijuana in Florida.
What is Considered to Be a Debilitating Medical Condition?
The term may sound vague and its definition is in fact rather broad. To understand what a debilitating medical condition is, here are some of the more common health issues that fall under this heading:
- Chronic fatigue
- Autoimmune disorders
- Immunodeficiency disorders
- Gastrointestinal conditions
- Bipolar disorder
- Sickle cell anemia
- Ulcerative colitis
Anything that is persistent and affects your ability to comfortably perform everyday activities might be considered to be debilitating. If you’re unsure whether your condition qualifies, consult your doctor.
Want to Know Whether You Qualify for Medical Marijuana?
If you’re unsure whether your condition qualifies, reach out to a medical professional for guidance. Contact TLC Medical today to schedule your appointment!