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Nearly A Third Of Florida’s MMJ Patients Have Quit the Program
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Nearly A Third Of Florida’s MMJ Patients Have Quit the Program

The most recent update issued by the Florida Department of Health’s Office of Medical Marijuana Use on August 2nd contains some shocking data. Amongst the numbers of dispensaries and cannabis dispensed, every update the Department notes the number of patients that have been entered into the Medical Marijuana Use Registry and the number of patients...

Cannabis & Pain Management: What Patients Need To Know
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Cannabis & Pain Management: What Patients Need To Know

A landmark study released in early 2017 by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine found “evidence to support that patients who were treated with cannabis or cannabinoids were more likely to experience a significant reduction in pain symptoms”. In August 2019, a study published in Experimental Biology showed “combining opioids and marijuana may...

EXCLUSIVE: Trulieve Dispensary Coming to Port Charlotte
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EXCLUSIVE: Trulieve Dispensary Coming to Port Charlotte

Medical marijuana patients living on the suncoast in the North Port / Port Charlotte / Venice area have a very unique selection when it comes to dispensaries to purchase their medicine. While Surterra Wellness was the first MMTC to open a storefront in North Port back in early 2018, Trulieve opened their Venice location in...

Is Medical Marijuana Worth The Out of Pocket Expense?
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Is Medical Marijuana Worth The Out of Pocket Expense?

In this weird state-legal, Federally-illegal environment of marijuana in which millions of Americans now live, one of the most commonly asked questions in our clinic everyday involves the total sum cost of medical marijuana in Florida. “How much is this going to cost?” The initial out of pocket expenses are easy to measure. Here at...

Step By Step: How To Become A Legal Cannabis Patient in Florida
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Step By Step: How To Become A Legal Cannabis Patient in Florida

Medical cannabis has been legal in Florida since Amendment 2 went into effect on January 3, 2017. While over 254,000 individuals have been able to navigate the steps required to become a legal patient, one of the most asked questions our office receives is “how do I become a patient?” Step One: Find a Doctor...

Can I Smoke Medical Cannabis in Florida Now?
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Can I Smoke Medical Cannabis in Florida Now?

On Monday, March 18th, Governor Ron DeSantis officially ended the state of Florida’s ban on smoking cannabis for medical marijuana patients. There has been much rejoicing by advocates and patients alike, and the news cycle has been inundated by reports with headlines like “Smoking Medical Marijuana Is Now Legal in Florida”. While we do have...

Will Cannabis Help Me Feel Better?
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Will Cannabis Help Me Feel Better?

One of the most commonly asked questions I receive from people that are trying to decide whether or not to begin using medical cannabis is “will it help me?” I always answer, “well, it can’t hurt you”. The predictable side effect profile of cannabis (dry mouth, red eyes, relaxation, mood elevation) coupled by the lack...

Whole Flower Is Available For Florida Patients
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Whole Flower Is Available For Florida Patients

With all the talk of the Florida legislature’s back and forth regarding smokable cannabis being allowed for legal medical marijuana patients, many people don’t realize that whole flower product is already available at dispensaries within the state. That’s right! As a legal patient, you can purchase whole flower (bud) at the dispensaries. All of the...

No, A Doctor Can’t “Prescribe” Marijuana
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No, A Doctor Can’t “Prescribe” Marijuana

“What do I need to do to get medical marijuana prescribed to me?” It’s a commonly asked question, but is incorrect even in its structure. Medical marijuana cannot be prescribed, even though you have to see a doctor and the state has a “medical” program. In this weird world of quasi-prohibition, words matter. Because the...