medical marijuana

Lindsay Myers

Victoria Stopp was 27 when an accident at work changed her life. Since then she has gone from doctor to doctor, tried new therapies and filled prescriptions for thousands of pills. Her story of living with constant, chronic pain is told in the new book 'Hurting Like Hell, Living With Gusto'. She spoke with WUWF's Bob Barrett about how she worked hard to remain active despite her condition.

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Office of U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz

As a member of the Florida legislature, Matt Gaetz was instrumental in the legalization of medical marijuana in the state.

Now, Congressman Gaetz is leading the charge for federal reform, trying to come up with legislation that his constituents and colleagues can support.

floridamarijuanainfo.org

From local courtrooms to the U.S. Supreme Court, thousands of lawsuits are on the docket in Florida for 2018. In the first of a three-part series on some of the higher-profile cases, it’s the limbo involving 2016’s Amendment 2.

Seventy one percent of voters approved expanding Florida’s existing medical marijuana law beyond those who are terminally ill and with less than a year to live. Amendment-2 includes patients with HIV/AIDS, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Lou Gehrig’s, Crohn’s and Parkinson’s diseases, among others.

Sandra Averhart

Florida’s constitutional amendment expanding the scope of medical marijuana in the state took effect last week. Lawmakers now have six months to come up new rules for governing the industry.

In the meantime, local governments across Northwest Florida are taking a variety of approaches as to the establishment of medical marijuana dispensaries and many are considering temporary moratoriums.

12-year-old Christina Clark takes medical marijuana.

Her mother Anneliese Clark uses it to treat the seizures her daughter has had since she was three months old. At her worst, “she just literally, she wasn’t doing anything,” Anneliese Clark said. “She laid on the couch and shook and twitched.”

Clark remembers Christina locked in a fetal position, unable to hold her head up, swallow her own spit, or control her bodily functions. After trying 17 different pharmaceutical drugs, Anneliese turned to medical marijuana.

Voters across Florida are deciding if it will become the 24th state, and the first in the Southeast, to have a comprehensive medical marijuana program.

In a nutshell, Amendment 2 would allow the medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating diseases, as determined by a licensed Florida doctor. The amendment was proposed by John Morgan, a trial attorney from Orlando.

Local Parents Advocate Medical Marijuana

Mar 4, 2014
Caring 4 Florida

A new non-profit organization is rallying support for legislation allowing the use of a specific type of medical marijuana. Caring 4 Florida was founded in January this year by Peyton and Holley Moseley. The not-for-profit organization is intended educate and advocate for the legalization of non-euphoric strains of cannabis for use by epilepsy patients. The Moseley’s eleven year old daughter, RayAnn, has intractable epilepsy and cerebral palsy.