Medical Marijuana And Its Affect On Driving

During the incredibly divisive election this past November, it seemed like nothing could bring Floridians together. But one thing did: medical marijuana.

Medical Marijuana In Florida

Florida voters showed up in favor of Amendment 2, which discussed the use of medical marijuana for certain health conditions. Prior to 2016, medical marijuana was legal for medical purposes in Florida. However, it was highly controlled. Under the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act, only patients with severe diseases, mostly people suffering from cancer and seizures, qualified for medical marijuana. Even then, they could only obtain cannabis oils with low doses of tetrahydocannabidoil, or THC. Under the new amendment, however, more health conditions qualify people for medical marijuana, including

  • Glaucoma
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis

Once approved by a licensed physician, someone who qualifies for medical marijuana buys from an approved seller.

Cannabis can be smoked, vaporized, eaten, or taken as a liquid extract. For many people, marijuana helps to relieve pain or nausea. For people who are suffering from weight loss as the result of a health condition, marijuana can increase appetite.

Adverse Effects

Cannabis affects judgement and coordination, making it a particularly dangerous drug when it comes to driving. When mixed with other drugs or alcohol, marijuana’s effect on safe driving is even stronger.

And of course, recreational marijuana is still illegal in Florida. In Florida, a person may not “sell, manufacture, or deliver, or possess with intent to sell, a controlled substance.” Recreational marijuana is still considered a controlled substance. Selling, manufacturing, or possessing a controlled substance is a second degree felony, and can result in imprisonment, fines, or community service. Plus, while it may have certain benefits for ill or injured people, marijuana may still have adverse health effects, including effects of brain development and the opportunity for addiction. For younger people, marijuana may potentially serve as a “gateway drug” to stronger illegal substances, like cocaine or heroin.

Marijuana does have some positive effects for certain people, and it’s likely that medical marijuana will become popular in Florida — however, it’s still important to understand the risks, side effects, and limitations!


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