As a rare disease patient facing chronic pain from Fibromyalgia and Sjögren’s Syndrome, I have a vested interest in Florida’s medical marijuana laws. While I enjoy practicing cannabis law and working with a variety of companies in the space, I am directly impacted too. A recent ruling has pushed the needle forward for greater access to MMJ for patients in the state of Florida.
Trulieve sued in April 2018 over the caps placed on the amount of dispensaries allowed in the state, saying it was ‘unconstitutionally added after-the-fact and that such restrictive caps were never contemplated during the application and selection process.’ A judge ruled in their favor, saying that the legislature, “used language that was different from what voters approved, effectively ignoring voters' instructions.” Finally, someone who say what we have been advocating for since this law was written!
I often hear from patients that they have to travel some distance to obtain their medical marijuana products, creating a hurdle that can be extremely difficult given their condition. For MMJ patients with mobility- limiting conditions such as ALS or Muscular Dystrophy, long trips just to pick up medication can be a challenge. I am hopeful that Trulieve’s victory will alleviate this burden for patients all over the state. Particularly for those in rural areas, who already face overwhelming healthcare disparities.
We still have a ways to go in bringing access to all patients in Florida, so let’s keep pushing.