In November 2016, Florida voters by an overwhelming 71 percent approved the right to medical marijuana. While there is some uncertainty and yet to be enacted legislation on the specifics of implementing this right, the following is the current state of the law regarding medical cannabis eligibility.
To qualify to receive medical cannabis, a patient, required to be a legal resident of the state, must be diagnosed by a certified medical marijuana doctor to have a qualifying medical condition as determined by the physician.
Initially, the individual seeking medical cannabis must have been an active patient of the certified physician for at least three months. The doctor must conclude that:
- The patient has a qualifying medical condition
- The patient has a similarly debilitating medical condition
- The risks of ordering medical cannabis are reasonable in light of the potential benefit to the patient
- No better treatment options exist for the patient.
Qualifying Medical Condition
The patient must be diagnosed with one of the following or a similarly debilitating condition as determined by Dr. Stratt during your evaluation:
- Crohn’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Lou Gehrig’s disease / ALS
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Terminal illness
If you are a first-time patient or returning to LifeBoost please fill out this form to schedule your medical marijuana evaluation with Dr. Stratt.
For a patient with a terminal medical condition, a board-certified physician in the relevant area of practice must attest to that fact. That doctor need not be a certified doctor for medical cannabis, nor make a recommendation that medical cannabis would be appropriate for the patient. The patient must have explored all relevant US Food and Drug Administration approved treatment options for the specific medical condition.
Similarly Debilitating Medical Condition
With the recognition that patients’ symptoms do not necessarily fit within a well-defined pre-existing model for an identified medical condition, a patient who has not been conclusively diagnosed with a listed qualifying condition may nonetheless be an appropriate candidate for medical cannabis treatment.
For example, various disorders may mimic symptoms associated with PTSD, such as panic and/or insomnia. Similarly, people with certain neurological disorders can exhibit symptoms much the same as a Parkinson’s patient, including cognitive impairment, difficulty walking and speech impairment.
A thorough review of the complete medical record, lab and test results of the patient will allow a certified physician to diagnose the condition and determine a comprehensive treatment plan.