As of January 3rd, 2017, legislation now allows patients who suffer chronic pain from one of eleven qualifying conditions to receive either low-THC or full strength medical marijuana. Senate Bill 8A defines the following medical conditions as qualifying a patient to receive medical marijuana:
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
- Crohn’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- A terminal illness
- Chronic non-malignant pain
- Any other ailment/condition of the same severity/symptoms, when determined by a physician's opinion that the benefits of medical marijuana use would surpass any potential health risks.
4. An ordering physician must enter an order of medical marijuana for the named patient into the Compassionate Use Registry. He or she must update the registry to reflect the contents of that order. The physician must also deactivate the patient's registration if and when treatment with medical marijuana is discontinued. 5. A patient treatment plan must be maintained by the ordering physician, which includes the dosage, method of administration, the planned duration, and the monitoring of the patient's symptoms and any other indicators of reactions or intolerance to the treatment. The physician must submit the patient treatment plan on a quarterly basis to the University of Florida, College of Pharmacy, for research on the safety and efficacy of medical marijuana on patients.
6. A patient may fill their order at a qualified dispensing organization. The dispensing organization will verify the identity of the patient or their legal representative, as well as the existence of an order in the Compassionate Use Registry. A dispensing organization cannot dispense more than a 45-day supply of low-THC cannabis at any one time.
- Short-term memory loss
- Euphoria (not a typical side effect)
- More serious side effects can potentially include severe anxiety and psychosis, although neither are typical side effects of medical marijuana usage.
Medical cannabis refers to all parts of any plant within the genus Cannabis, whether growing or not, including seeds, and any resin extracted from any part of the plant. Medical cannabis contains significant levels of cannabinoid THC, which can result in the euphoric "high" sensation. This also means its use should be strictly monitored and controlled, and for it only to be used for medicinal purposes.
Patients who are eligible for an order of medical marijuana must have an established relationship with a physician who has completed all of the necessary state certification and tests needed to recommend an order of medical marijuana. The patient is registered with the state, and upon approval, the patient may receive an order from a state-certified dispensary.Dr. Dana Dameron has completed all of the necessary certifications, and is eligible to recommend medical marijuana orders to patients in Port St Lucie, Florida.