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Amendment II

Amendment 2 was a constitutional amendment passed by popular vote on November 8, 2016. It is now found in Article X, section 29 of the Florida constitution.

This amendment will open up additional diagnoses for consideration of medical cannabis treatment after January 3rd, 2017. These conditions include PTSD, HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, Crohn’s disease, and Multiple Sclerosis.

While there are potentially other conditions that could be treated with medical cannabis based on the phrasing of Amendment 2, MCC of Florida will await clarification from the Office of Compassionate Use and/or the Florida legislature before scheduling any patients with conditions not specifically listed in either the 2014 legislation or Amendment 2.

When did the legislation become law?

Governor Scott signed the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014 (Chapter 381.986, Florida Statutes) into law on June 16, 2014. Additionally in Spring 2016,Experimental treatments for terminal conditions (Chapter 499.0295, Florida Statutes) added "regular strength" THC medical cannabis as a treatment option for Florida residents with less than one year of life expectancy, without specification of the disease process causing the terminal condition.

Finally Amendment 2 on the November 2016 ballot (which will go into effect January 3, 2017 as Article X, section 29 of the Florida Constitution) added additional eligible medical conditions. Amendment 2 will require clarification and rule making by the Office of Compassionate Use and the Florida legislature throughout the year of 2017 before full understanding of the scope of Amendment 2 is possible.