The Villages is a popular and rapidly growing retirement community, and has been repeatedly named one of the best places to retire by Forbes. With a majority of its population falling into an older age bracket, The Villages is home to many residents who are eligible for medical marijuana treatment. If you’re a resident of The Villages (located in Wildwood) or the neighboring areas, there are a few things you may want to know about medical marijuana in the Sumter County area.
Is Medical Marijuana Legal in The Villages?
In 2016, voters throughout the state showed their support for medical marijuana by voting in favor of Amendment 2. After receiving over 71% of the vote, Amendment 2 was passed, legalizing medical marijuana throughout the state of Florida. Once this legislation went into effect, registered patients in The Villages and everywhere else in Florida were able to legally purchase and use medical marijuana products.
Medical Cannabis Firsts in The Villages
The Villages may not be the most happening area for medical marijuana developments, but it is still an important region considering it is the state’s largest retirement community. Liberty Health Sciences, now one of the state’s leading providers of medical marijuana, opened their first location in The Villages for this very reason. They do more than just provide medical marijuana products, however, as they also aim to educate residents within the area. This is an effort shared by many medical marijuana providers, as education is integral to spreading awareness of the significant benefits of the treatment.
The Villages Medical Marijuana Doctors
It can be difficult to find a qualified medical marijuana doctor around The Villages and Wildwood due to the somewhat rural region. However, CannaMD is proud to offer a convenient office in The Villages where patients can receive the state-required recommendation for medical marijuana treatment.
Our knowledgeable staff can help you get the most out of your medical marijuana treatment without having to travel far from home.
You can find this location at:
4076 E. SR 44
Wildwood, FL 34785
Where to Buy Medical Marijuana in The Villages
Since The Villages is a smaller area of Florida, there aren’t any state-licensed medical marijuana treatment centers in The Villages or Wildwood yet. Fortunately, many authorized dispensaries in the state of Florida offer delivery services, making it easy for patients to get the medical cannabis products they need no matter where they are located. If you are willing to travel, there are also some locations in nearby areas.
Some nearby medical marijuana treatment centers include:
16810 US-441 Suite 501
Summerfield, FL 34491
13940 US-441 #601
Lady Lake, FL 32159
1839 SW College Road
Ocala, FL 34471
11115 SW 93rd Court Road
Ocala, FL 34481
How to Qualify for Medical Cannabis
After Amendment 2 was voted into effect, another piece of legislation quickly followed to further regulate the use of medical marijuana. This legislation is known as Senate Bill 8A, which added new regulations and described the conditions that could qualify a patient for treatment with medical marijuana. These conditions include:
In addition to the qualifying conditions above, Senate Bill 8A allows for treatment of other “diagnosable, debilitating conditions of like, kind, or class” (such as anxiety, depression, and migraines), as well as terminal conditions (diagnosed by a physician other than the physician issuing certification) and chronic nonmalignant pain (defined as pain caused by a qualifying medical condition that persists beyond the usual course of that condition).
For a full list of conditions that may qualify, please see our Qualifying Conditions Resource Page.