Florida Patients On Probation May Use Medical Marijuana
Since medical marijuana is still relatively new to Florida, there are still some grey areas and myths surrounding its usage. CannaMD is committed to fostering patient education and making treatment as easy to understand as possible.
Check out our article, below, to learn more about medical marijuana and whether patients can undergo treatment while on probation in Florida.
Can I Use Medical Marijuana on Probation?
With over 200,000 people on probation in Florida, many of those probationers are likely suffering from conditions that medical marijuana could help treat. The Florida Department of Corrections, the department responsible for the oversight of probationers, has confirmed it is accepting medical marijuana cards under certain circumstances.
The Department of Corrections told the Miami Herald:
If an offender under supervision provides a valid medical marijuana card issued by the Department of Health, he/she will not be drug tested for marijuana use as long as the medical marijuana card remains active.
However, this does not prevent the offender from being drug tested for other illegal narcotics as required in the orders of supervision.
Though the Florida Department of Corrections has confirmed it is accepting valid medical marijuana cards, it isn’t keeping a central tally of how many probationers have presented them.
If you are on probation and qualify for medical marijuana, you will still have to register on the Medical Marijuana Use Registry. Note: The Medical Marijuana Use Registry can be accessed by law enforcement under certain circumstances. (To learn more, check out our article: Are My Medical Marijuana Records Private?.)
While the Florida Department of Corrections is accepting medical marijuana cards, there may be some cases where valid patients may not be able to use medical marijuana on probation. Seeking the counsel of a lawyer, speaking to your probation officer, and being permitted to use medical marijuana by a judge may be necessary before obtaining a card and using medical cannabis.
Florida’s Medical Marijuana Laws
With the signing of the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act by Governor Rick Scott in 2014, Florida became the 22nd state to legalize access to medical marijuana. The Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act, or Senate Bill 1030, allowed licensed doctors to prescribe patients suffering from cancer, epilepsy, chronic seizures, or muscle spasms use of low-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) cannabis products. Senate Bill 1030 also created the Compassionate Use Registry, an online database where qualified medical marijuana patients and doctors were required to register.
Since 2014, Florida’s medical marijuana laws have expanded. With the addition of the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, also known as Amendment 2, the list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana treatment has grown. (The Compassionate Use Registry is also now known as the Medical Marijuana Use Registry.)
If you are suffering from one of the following conditions, you may qualify for medical marijuana:
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.
How to get started with medical marijuana
If you have any questions regarding medical marijuana laws or would like to find out if you qualify, CannaMD is here to help.
To find out if you qualify for free, simply call 1 (855) 420-9170 or fill out a quick application online!