On November 8, 2016, Florida voters overwhelmingly approved Amendment 2; this makes Florida the 26th state with an effective medical marijuana law. Extremely sick Florida residents will now have the ability to access medical marijuana in the form that works best for them. The campaign was run by United for Care and supported by MPP, which assisted with the campaign’s fundraising and public education efforts. These efforts helped guarantee that in despite of the opposition spending millions on misrepresentative ads, 71% of Florida voters supported consideration. The amendment requires that the Department of Health regulate medical marijuana treatment centers, which would promote and distribute cannabis to patients who are qualified and been diagnosed with an unbearable medical condition, have a physician’s certification, and an authorized identification card.

However, this success is not the end of the effort. Since the movement was a constitutional amendment, there are various issues that will be attended to through the regulatory process. Continuing efforts will assist to ensure that patients receive suitable and affordable access to the medication they need as soon as possible (Marijuana Policy Project).

CannaCure Florida is proudly offering the most comprehensive medical cannabis educational conference following passage of Florida Amendment 2 legalizing medical marijuana. Medical professionals and cannabis industry leaders plan to assemble to present an exclusive educational conference Friday, Nov. 18, 2016 – Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, at The Cuban Club in Ybor City. Workshops and seminars are fee-based, with proceeds benefiting CannaMoms, a nonprofit organization helping families with sick children in need of medical cannabis (CannaCure Florida).

-Jessie Rubenstein

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