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Florida Residents Can Now Have Their Medical Marijuana ID

Update Date: Feb 28, 2017 07:50 AM EST

The medical marijuana industry made it big during President Barack Obama's term, wherein most states were given access to recreational and medical marijuana consumption. As of the latest update in regards to medical marijuana legalization, another state was given access to the alternative medicine earlier this year. It was announced that residents of Florida can have their own medical marijuana ID cards.

News Miami reported that the Florida Department of Health's office of Compassionate Use is already moving forward with issuing marijuana ID's. It was then mentioned that the residents who already sent in their applications are already bound for review and will soon be approved once it would pass the given criteria.

The marijuana ID application requires the individual to submit an authentic medicate certificate/ a doctor's prescription, a copy of one's driver's license or any identification card, a 2x2 passport photo and a $75 fee. The card is only valid for a year, which means that the applicant would need re-apply a year after the ID was issued. Though the law was already rolled out and approved, physical ID cards are yet to be made available.

Patients who are diagnosed with PTSD, Cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, chronic pain, AIDS, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis and other similar diseases are entitled to receive the marijuana ID. The majority of the voters in Florida were in favor of medical marijuana during the election. 70 percent of the residents showed their support for medical marijuana amendment during the 2016 elections.

Medical marijuana already paved way for medical advancement giving patients an option in terms of their treatment. Though it was recently linked to opioid abuse, several health care providers argued and pointed out the benefits that medical marijuana can provide. It is said to be ideal for patients struggling with PTSD and Parkinson's disease.

Other doctors also pointed out that medical marijuana is ideal for children struggling with epilepsy.

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