A new law in Florida aims to ease the legal problems caused by the state’s new recreational marijuana laws, and it has raised hopes that a number of states are following suit.
The new law, known as the Medical Marijuana Act of 2016, aims to allow patients to use medical marijuana to ease pain, spasms and nausea.
It also allows adults 21 and over to possess up to 2 ounces of marijuana.
“Florida has a long history of being a leader in medical marijuana.
Our citizens deserve to be able to access the medicine that they need to live healthy lives,” Governor Rick Scott said in a statement.
The law will go into effect in the state in July 2018, and will allow people with certain medical conditions to buy and use medical cannabis, including cancer patients, glaucoma patients, AIDS patients, severe chronic pain patients, and those with severe epilepsy.
“This is a great day for Florida, for medical marijuana patients, for our state, and for Florida families,” Mr Scott said.
“This is about protecting Florida families from the devastating effects of the opioid crisis, and the need to address the many medical conditions that people with a chronic illness have.”
The new measure allows people to purchase cannabis from dispensaries and medical doctors.
Medical marijuana is the only form of cannabis that can be legally grown and sold in Florida.
However, patients can still grow their own cannabis.
The bill also requires doctors to obtain a “certificate of registration” from the state.
The state will then allow licensed medical doctors to administer medical cannabis to patients in certain cases, including for those with terminal illnesses.
The medical marijuana act will also allow people to grow their medical marijuana under certain conditions, including with the use of seeds or clones, or with the cultivation of plants at home.
The legislation has also been met with criticism from the medical community.
Dr Steven D. Levitt, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Florida School of Medicine, told ABC News that the bill could allow people who suffer from pain to abuse it.
“It’s not going to be safe,” he said.
“The state of Florida will be regulating the medical marijuana industry to protect the public health.”
The Medical Marijuana Amendment to the Florida Statutes of 2016 is currently being debated in the Florida House of Representatives, but is not expected to pass.