Smokable Medical Marijuana Bill Repealed in Florida

Smokable Medical Marijuana Bill Has Been Repealed Giving Floridians With A License The Ability To Buy Marijuana

Make way, you can now smoke your marijuana if you have the license to do so

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Today, March 13th, it has been announced that medical marijuana is expanding. Smokable marijuana bill was passed today by the Florida legislature and will be heading to Governor Ron Desantis now for a final signature.

The bill, CS 182, does the following:

- Lifts the ban on smoking medical marijuana

- Bans smoking low-THC cannabis in public

- Prohibits smoking medical marijuana in an indoor workplace

- Bans patients under 18 from smoking medical marijuana unless they are diagnosed with a terminal condition

The bill passed the Florida House 101 to 11, with 8 missed votes.

Before in the state of Florida, medical marijuana cannot be vaporized AND smoked, just vaporized. However, smoking marijuana is the most effective way to retrieve benefits.



Medical marijuana has been legal in the state of Florida for some time now, but it was only able to be consumed in a vapor. Vaporization of marijuana was allowed through products from dispensaries in vape pens, topical creams, and even hookah like machines.

Well, now a whole new market has emerged. In the state of Florida with a medical marijuana license, you will be able to buy real marijuana.

I'm talking about the flower, pre-rolled joints and more. This is actually incredible news for Florida.

This repeal of the ban will bring in a whole new market of companies who supply these products. Then these companies will open up, creating jobs for hundreds and thousands. Once these new companies locations open, a whole new clientele will come and the existing will start to purchase these products. Sooner than later, the market will be booming which will influence a decision for an expansion in health issues that can be granted a medical marijuana card and possibly even recreational marijuana.

Even medical marijuana users think these dispensaries can be expensive and understand why people continue to go to a dealer who sells standard illegal flower bud. But since this ban has been repealed, these patients and more can buy that same weed but a lot better.

You will be able to buy marijuana from a trusted source who can confidentially say what their product is, the process, and the ingredients. A drug dealer can't do that.

And the prices will be average. Citizens from Puerto Rico have said that marijuana can be bought in a medical dispensary by the gram at an average of $12. On the streets, it can be $20.

These patients are going to be able to get their medicine at the cost they can afford.

If this goes well, adding to the previous list of what it can do for Florida, this repealed ban could also open the door to the possibility of insurance companies/providers starting to cover marijuana like a prescription drug. IMAGINE THAT!

That would mean more people who want to turn to this alternative medicine could have the opportunity to start affording it.

Prescription drugs have the stigma of getting addicted pretty easily. Medical marijuana is a wonderful, natural alternative that people could benefit from greatly.

Many states have made it medically and recreationally legal to use marijuana. States like Colorado, California, Washington, Oregon and more. Even Canada has made it legal.


Colorado Harvest Company in Denver, COPhoto by Alex Person on Unsplash


Marijuana is a growing conversation that is being added to bills every day in states all over the country. Florida has been going back and forth with it for so long. But this little step, from vapor to flower, can really make a ginormous impact for our state economically and politically.

To know more about medical marijuana in the state of Florida, refer to my first article on Odyssey "I asked a Florida medical marijuana patient these 3 questions."

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An Open Letter To The Parent That Chose Drugs Over Me

You should know this.
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There used to be a time when you made me feel loved and wanted.

I couldn't wait to come home after school knowing that you'd be waiting for me along with all of my favorite snacks, ready to give me a big hug and ask me how my day went. I used to sit in your lap while you helped me read my chapter books. You used to show up to things.

You used to get to know my friends. You used to encourage me. But you're not that person anymore. I watched as your addiction consumed you and turned you into a monster. Your loving words turned into hateful actions. I watched as you became angry at the world until your substances were the only thing that mattered anymore. Nothing was good enough for you, and nothing could save you... not even me.

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It took me a long time to realize what was even going on. I was old enough to know that drugs were bad, but still young enough that I had no idea what they looked like or how a person may act while taking them. I didn't know that when you locked yourself in your room with strangers you were getting high, or that it wasn't normal for people to sleep for twenty hours at a time.

I used to think that maybe if I had asked other adults more questions I would have figured it out sooner and you could have gotten help. I used to think that if maybe my sister and I didn't fight as much, or if I didn't complain every time you told me to do something, that maybe you wouldn't have been so stressed out all the time. But the truth is, it wasn't my fault. It wasn't my sister's fault.

This was all on you.

I didn't ask for a parent that was forced to enroll in various rehab programs, but that's what I got. I didn't ask for the letters you sent while you were in and out of jail, but I still read them all. I didn't want to explain to my friends' parents why your name was always in the paper, but I did it regardless.

All I ever actually wanted was for you to pick me for once in your life, but you couldn't do that.

When the going got tough, you just cowered away, too scared to confront your own demons. You had everyone else to blame, but you never took a second to think about what you were doing to us, no matter how much I begged and pleaded.

You ripped our family apart. You fucked me up.

What is a child to do when the one person in the whole world that is supposed to teach them love and affection hits them, tells them they're worthless, and leaves them to fend for themselves?

SEE ALSO: To The Children Growing Up Around Addiction

I promised myself several years ago that I would never become you. I would never let any kind of substance consume my life. I wouldn't lie, steal, and manipulate to get my way. I wouldn't become a “parent" to my children only when it's convenient for me. I would make something of myself.

It makes my blood boil to see you take credit for how I turned out. “I'm so proud of my baby. Raising you is the greatest thing I've ever done." Complete bullshit. You were never around to raise me. Any ounce of success I've tasted hasn't come from you or your guidance. If anything, you've only been a living demonstration of everything I shouldn't be.

I got to where I am today with absolutely no help from you. You don't get to come into my life now that I'm an adult and take all the credit. You don't get to try to dictate what I can and can't do as if you have some kind of authority on my decisions. You had your chance to raise me and be a part of my life, but you blew it. I don't owe you a single thing.


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Stop Demonizing CBD Just Because You Associate It With THC

CBD doesn't get you high, do your research.

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I'm sure you've heard about CBD already, but if not, then let me break it down for you. Cannabidiol, CBD, is one of the hundreds of cannabinoids identified in the cannabis plant, but unlike the THC in the marijuana plant, it doesn't have any psychoactive properties.

CBD doesn't get you high.

When extracted from the plant, CBD has proven to be effective in the medical field. It has shown to be effective in the treatment of epilepsy, in the management of pain, in reducing depression and anxiety, and relieving cancer symptoms, among a host of other uses. New research from Mount Sinai Hospital in New York has revealed that CBD may be beneficial for society as a whole, too.

Researchers at Mount Sinai Hospital conducted the study to understand how we can fight the opioid epidemic through the discovery of alternative treatment options by assessing the potential effects of CBD on craving and anxiety in heroin users.

42 drug abstinent men and women between the ages of 21 and 65, who had recently stopped using heroin, were recruited for the study. Two groups were formed out of the participants: a control group that received a placebo and a test group that received CBD doses ranging from 400 mg to 800 mg per day. After administration, participants were exposed to neutral environmental cues and cues that would be considered drug-use inducing over three sessions. The cues in the environment were tested because an addict's environment and the cues it gives are the strongest triggers for relapse and continued drug use.

The results of the research hold great promise for the future of CBD.

Participants who were in the test group and given CBD had significantly reduced cravings for heroin, and noted feeling less anxiety when exposed to drug-use inducing cues. Moreover, the CBD had a lasting effect on this group as it continued to reduce cravings and relieve anxiety for seven days after the last dose was administered. In essence, this is the most important takeaway from the research: CBD had lasting effects well after it was present in the body. Numerous vital signs like heart rate, skin temperature, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation were taken to ensure only objective results were obtained since cravings and anxiety are subjective feelings. Another finding was a reduction in participants' heart rate and salivary cortisol levels, which would have both increased in the presence of anxiety-provoking images.

I think the evidence points to a logical conclusion: CBD is safe, it is effective in treating opioid addictions, and it is beneficial for those who experience a host of issues from pain, to anxiety, to epilepsy or to illnesses. Now is the time to keep pushing for legalization to continue larger scale studies and introduce CBD as a valid treatment option.

"A successful non-opioid medication would add significantly to the existing addiction medication toolbox to help reduce the growing death toll and enormous health care costs." - Yasmin Hurd, director of the Addiction Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.

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