November 2018 - Volume 15 - Issue 5 | Wednesday November 21, 2018

Now that the state of Florida has legalized medical marijuana, many patients are using it to find relief from a number of conditions, including cancer, Crohn’s disease, PTSD and more. Despite this, there are still many people who could benefit from its use but who may not know how to get a physician’s recommendation or how to sign up on the state registry.

While many companies are vying to claim the title of being a leader in the hemp industry, one in particular has gotten the lion share of the hemp market in the state of Florida. Hemp & Heal, the pioneer in the global cannabidiol hemp-derived product market based out of Boca Raton, has quickly seen its operations grow through its ecommerce store, with clients from across 50 states showing their preference in their curated, high-end hemp products.

In Florida, medical marijuana is legal when used to treat the following conditions: cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and chronic, nonmalignant pain, among a number of other ailments. Unfortunately, while many of the state’s veterans suffer from these disorders, 

Much has been developing here in Florida slowly but surely. Some of that is because the state continues to fight against patients at every turn. The patient count and the ID card count have now both grown to more than 100,000, though some may still be invalid according to the Department. A date was set for the citrus rule challenge for July 9th. 

The Florida Department of Health is committed to ensuring qualified patients have safe, reliable access to low-THC cannabis and medical marijuana. In an effort to better serve patients, the department is streamlining the medical marijuana identification card application process.

Broward County, Florida- EVIO Labs Florida has been recognized for their participation in The Emerald Test®, an inter-laboratory comparison and proficiency assessment for cannabis testing. EVIO Florida was recognized by Emerald for their accuracy in: Potency in Solution, Residual Solvents, Terpenes, Microbial 2, Aspergillus Mold, Pesticide Screening, and Mycotoxin testing.

It wasn't so long ago that Florida did not have any lab testing regulations for the medical cannabis market. Now, EVIO Labs, a life sciences company focused on analyzing cannabis as a means for improving quality of life, has opened a lab in Broward County, with another opening scheduled for Gainesville in March. 

Did you know that the legal cannabis industry is currently 9 billion dollars and expected to grow to over 24 billion in the next few years? There are over 30 states which have medical cannabis businesses, 9 with adult use and additional state legalization on the table in the upcoming elections. Some predictions estimate we may see full federal legalization by 2019.

Curaleaf has opened its dispensary in Lake Worth as the company continues to deliver on its mission to provide access to the highest standards of top quality and reliable medical cannabis products in a safe, compassionate and knowledgeable environment. 

Though medical cannabis has been legal in Florida for more than 1-1/2 years, there is still much confusion—as well as concern—about who qualifies to be a patient, and the legislative hurdles that a person has to overcome in order to find relief from various conditions. Still, the good news is that many Floridians are finding relief with medical cannabis, and that progress is being made—albeit slowly.

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