Can I smoke medical marijuana in Florida?
What’s the status with smoking medical marijuana in Florida?
With the recent vote to legalize medical marijuana in Florida, patients suffering from mental health disorders and chronic illnesses are rejoicing in the relief they have found as of late. The one caveat is that the THC levels legally permitted for sale are limited, and that smoking medical pot has been banned. However, as of July 2017, a lawsuit has been filed to legalize smoking within ones home with the eventual hope to move towards legalizing marijuana for recreational use, though that is a ways off.
Why Can’t I Just Smoke Pot?
Many question if Florida has come this far and medical marijuana has actually been legalized, why would allowing patients to smoke pot in their own homes be an issue? After all, edibles, marijuana pills, vapes and oils are fine for consumption, and clearly scientists are able to limit the THC amount in those forms, so what’s the difference? Apparently when the bill was passed this last November the original bill stated that smoking medical marijuana in public was banned, but nothing was mentioned about private consumption. Before too long though, Legislature amended the law banning smoking entirely, stating that smoking is an unhealthy form of consumption, and potentially too difficult to regulate dosage, and that if private consumption was assumed, it should have been included in the original bill.
What The Future May Hold for Smoking Medical Marijuan.
John Morgan, Orlando attorney and key advocate for the use of medical marijuana, filed a lawsuit to allowing the smoking of medical strains within the home, citing a study conducted in 2012 in the Journal of the American Medical Association that states smoking marijuana actually increases lung capacity and doesn’t impair lung function due to the amount normally consumed by pot smokers when compared to non-smokers and those who regularly use tobacco.
The long and the short of what the future holds for medical marijuana patients looking to smoke pot within their own homes is uncertain at the moment. For now, patients do have the other options, and the knowledge that there are people fighting for the cause in hopes of untangling the law to allow those who really need relief the freedom to get it.