Patients, economy see benefits in medical marijuana

The passage of Amendment 2 could have a profound effect on the state in various ways.

Excitement echoed through parts of Florida with the passing of Amendment 2. There were tears of joy mixed with sadness.

"At the of the end of the day someone else will be able to get this medicine quicker than my son did," said Renee Petro, whose son Brandon has a severe form of epilepsy. She's happy for others who can now get help from prescribed marijuana.

"They won't have to watch him or her suffer like I do every single day," said Petro.

"Last night was a good night for the world we need to disrupt the current healthcare system it's broken, it's too expensive," said Garyn Angel, who is also celebrating. His company, Magical Butter.com, makes a machine that blends marijuana with butter to make what's called edibles.  He developed it to help a friend with Crohn's disease. His machines are sold worldwide.

"We're orientated on helping other people and as long as that's your goal you're going to be successful and that's the beauty of the cannabis community. What I've been doing globally now I can do it locally," said Angel.

Amendments: Medical marijuana passes, solar fails

The Department of Health says Florida will see jobs in construction, cultivation, security and possible medical marijuana tourism totally up to a $1.3 billion industry.

Local governments like Pasco County that currently prohibit any medical marijuana business know time is ticking and it needs to prepare for the new law.

"We will have two public hearings to talk about the zoning for the dispensaries in the future," said Mike Moore Pasco, county commissioner.

The health department says potentially two thousand dispensaries could be processing marijuana for as many as 450,000 patients by the end of 2017. 

The Florida Department of Health has until July to pass regulations for patients and caregivers. 
 


JOIN THE CONVERSATION

To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the
Conversation Guidelines and FAQs

Leave a Comment