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Yes, marijuana edibles are legal in Florida if you have a valid medical marijuana card according to Florida State Law. If a person is caught with possession of a marijuana edible for recreational use(no marijuana card), they may be arrested and face serious penalties.

Edibles account for 10-15% of medical marijuna sales. An edible is a product that is consumed orally through either a food or drink. Chocolates, gummies, and baked goods are popular forms of how patients choose to ingest cannabis instead of smoking, with the same effects induced through THC and CBD.

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https://www.palmbeachcriminallawfirms.com/post/is-it-legal-to-eat-edible-marijuana-in-florida

https://www.miaminewtimes.com/marijuana/legal-recreational-weed-in-florida-11107153

According to Google..Cannabis, also known as marijuana among other names, is a psychoactive drug from the Cannabis plant used for medical or recreational purposes. The main psychoactive part of cannabis is tetrahydrocannabinol, one of 483 known compounds in the plant, including at least 65 other cannabinoids.

THC and CBD are the main properties of the plant that patients use for medicinal purposes which can be smoked in flower form, vaped in liquid form, or consumed through edibles.

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https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/marijuana/what-marijuana

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration(FDA) has not recognized or approved the marijuana plant as medicine according to the National Institute of Health(NIH). The FDA is currently researching the benefits of two publicized cannabinoids, THC and CBD, that have been approved in pill form with a few medications.


Tetrahydrocannabinol(THC) has medicinal properties claimed to reduce nausea and increase appetite, in addition to reducing pain and inflammation. CBD has added benefits that do not cause the “high”, which is used for treating epileptic seizures and mental illness.

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https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/marijuana-medicine

The verdict is still out due to lack of research but since marijuana is carried through the bloodstream, it can get into the breast milk, which would be transferred to the baby that may not be safe.


Research has shown that marijuana metabolizes slower than alcohol or other drugs and will be stored in fat cells that make up the breast. Until more research is done, it is difficult to say whether breastfeeding while using marijuana is safe, so we cannot medically advise on the effects. In our opinion you should play it safe and not breastfeed while smoking marijuana.

 

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https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322855.php

https://www.todaysparent.com/baby/breastfeeding/is-it-safe-to-use-weed-while-breastfeeding/

Smoking marijuana enters the lungs and you will notice a quicker “high” as THC but the effects will be shorter in duration. Edibles are digested through the stomach then the liver which could take an hour to feel the effects which can last up to four hours. The liver can change the strain of marijuana into having a more potent feeling, leading to a sedative effect.


A good rule of thumb is to take the recommended dosage, starting small with edibles since it takes time to digest and go through your bloodstream, reaching your brain. Also having a full stomach will delay the process longer than eating or drinking foods that contain marijuana compared to ingesting on an empty stomach.

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https://drugabuse.com/joints-vs-edibles-how-marijuana-effects-the-body/

Yes, marijuana is legal in the state of Florida for medicinal use for patients over the age of 21.

 

Florida Amendment 2 passed during the general election on November 8, 2016, with a vote of 71.3% for versus 28.7% against.[9] The goal of Amendment 2 is to alleviate those suffering from these medical conditions: cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, chronic nonmalignant pain caused by a qualifying medical condition or that originates from a qualified medical condition or other debilitating medical conditions comparable to those listed.[10]

Under Amendment 2, medical marijuana will be given to the patient if the physician believes that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for a patient. Initially, under the Florida regulations smoking the medication was not allowed; instead the product could be consumed as edibles or by vaping, oils, sprays or pills.[10] However, on May 25, 2018, Leon County Circuit Court Judge Karen Gievers ruled that the ban on smoking is unconstitutional.[11] That ruling was appealed by the administration of Governor Scott but the administration of Governor DeSantis dropped the appeal and asked for the legislature to lift the restriction.[12] A bill that removed the prohibition on smoking was passed in March 2019.[13]

 

Florida has not passed a law for recreational use of marijuana in the state as of June, 3 2019.

 

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannabis_in_Florida

The controversy between addiction and dependence go hand in hand , which confirms that marijuana is habit forming.  Research shows that people under the age of 18 who use marijuana have an increased risk of becoming dependent on the substance.

 

THC activates dopamine in the brain to cause the “high” which can cause someone to want to do it again for the same reward properties that is delivers.  Studies have shown that only 10% of people who use marijuana will have become addictive.

 

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https://www.drugrehab.com/addiction/drugs/marijuana/is-marijuana-addictive/

https://www.cdc.gov/marijuana/faqs/marijuana-addiction.html

https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/marijuana/marijuana-addictive

November 8, 2016. The Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, also known as Amendment 2, was approved by voters in the Tuesday, November 8, 2016, general election in the State of Florida. The bill required a super-majority vote to pass, with at least 60% of voters voting for support of a state constitutional amendment.

 

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https://ballotpedia.org/Florida_Medical_Marijuana_Legalization,_Amendment_2_(2016)

Marijuana contains THC that goes to your brain after passing through the bloodstream.  Anandamide is the natural cannabinoid that your body produces and THC binds to the cannabinoid receptors which causes the effects to your mind and body.

 

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https://science.howstuffworks.com/marijuana3.htm

First off, it is important to know that vaping uses heat, rather than combustion as in smoking, to release the chemicals. The research is still in the infant stages but the main argument is that smoking produces carcinogenic toxins through the combustion process that is not occurred while vaping. Any type of inhalation can still cause irritation in the lungs or respiratory problems.  Those concerned with smoking have chosen to use tinctures or edibles for the benefits of medicinal marijuana.

 

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https://www.leafly.com/news/health/vaping-vs-smoking-marijuana-safety

Marijuana has not been known to cause any fatal deaths from an overdose. There have been cases where nausea, vomiting, and anxiety have lead patients to the emergency room.  Sorting through the research, there is no fixed amount of marijuana that can cause an overdose, which studies suggest that around 40,000 times the normal dose would have to be taken for someone to die.  This is like smoking 1,000 lbs of pot in 30 minutes to cause a fatal outcome. 

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https://addictionresource.com/drugs/marijuana/marijuana-overdose/

Medical Marijuana has become a popular topic in the news as 33 states have approved legalization in the U.S.  In Florida, they have included a question for gun permits that a person could be denied the right to bear arms if the currently hold a medical marijuana card. Suits have been filed in protest for a person’s second amendment and others have allowed their medical marijuana card to expire for the right to buy a gun.

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https://www.miaminewtimes.com/marijuana/medical-marijuana-and-gun-laws-sometimes-conflict-in-florida-11149726