As Election Day ended, the surprises started piling up. Apart from Donald Trump’s unexpected triumph, voters also decided to legalize medical marijuana in Florida. The amendment received 71 percent of votes, and now the Florida Health Department has six months to come up with a proper legislation.
In 2014, the amendment did not pass as it only obtained 58 out of the 60 percent of votes. Now, two years later, Palm Beach and Broward inhabitants made it clear that they want their state to approve the use of medical marijuana.
Thanks to the passing of Amendment 2, people with glaucoma, cancer, Crohn’s disease, ALS, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, PTSD, and HIV/AIDS will have access to medical marijuana.
Apart from these conditions, the amendment also grants permission to doctors to prescribe the drug to all other “debilitating medical conditions of the same kind or class.” That sort of language represented a problem in the past as it gravely limits the conditions that could otherwise qualify for the alternative treatment.
Another controversial stipulation was the number of caregivers that can tend to a patient at one time. The main problem is that almost all patients who qualify for the treatment are in no condition to go and buy the drug for themselves.
Seeing how a single caregiver can sometimes be too burdened with errands that he or she forgets/is unable to pick up the medication for several days, the legislators proposed that a patient can benefit from multiple caregivers. However, this would create the perfect legislative loophole for drug dealers.
In total, Floridians had to vote for four amendments. While the second one dealt with the use of medical marijuana, the other three concerned the use of solar-energy, property taxes, and tax breaks for low-income seniors.
Amendment 1 failed to pass as it received only 51 percent of votes, the controversial proposal on solar-energy usage rights being too permissive with net metering limitations.
On the other hand, Amendments 3 and 5 passed as over 70 percent of Floridians agree that senior citizens with low incomes should receive a tax break if they live on the same property for over 25 years. Moreover, over 80 percent believe that first responders who are disabled in the line of duty should be exempt from property taxes.
The elections effect will start to make itself felt in approximately six months when all new legislations will start being implemented.
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