New Laws Allow Medical Use of Marijuana For Those With Intractable Epilepsy
An increasing amount of support for legal medical marijuana in America is leading to the development of new strains specifically formulated for diseases such as epilepsy. Moreover, more understanding about epilepsy’s causes and symptoms can lead to improved treatments. This is especially true in cases where marijuana is used to treat intractable epilepsy. This article will discuss the recent laws in Florida and North Dakota.
North Dakota Compassionate Care Act
The state’s voters approved Measure 67 in 1998, legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Although the measure was passed as-is, the legislature may amend it in the 2017 session. In the meantime, those with epilepsy who are arrested may argue affirmative defenses of medical necessity. In some cases, the legalization of recreational marijuana in the state may have protected them.
The act also allows for the medical use of marijuana in other cases, such as for nausea or chronic pain. Intractable epilepsy is one of the qualifying conditions. Other conditions covered by the law include AIDS, Multiple Sclerosis, and agitation of Alzheimer’s disease. It also covers those who have chronic back pain, severe nausea, or severe and persistent muscle spasms.
Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative
While the Florida Legislature has been opposed to medical marijuana, it is largely a matter of political will. The state legislature passed Senate Bill 8A, which is also known as the Medical Use of Marijuana Act, in June 2017. In July, the Florida Department of Health created an office to oversee the program. Under the law, qualifying medical conditions are listed on the registry. Patients with intractable epilepsy can visit a dispensary to purchase medical marijuana.
The state’s Charlotte’s Web medical marijuana has low THC content and can be used for patients with intractable epilepsy. The product contains no THC, so children with epilepsy will not get high from using it. Moseley has started a non-profit organization called “Caring 4 Florida” to help other families facing the same challenges. The Florida Legislature approved a non-euphoric marijuana product last spring, which is called Charlotte’s Web.
In June, the Minnesota Department of Health announced that it will begin accepting petitions for expanded medical marijuana use. The deadline to submit a petition is July 31. This will allow the state to study the effects of marijuana on patients suffering from these diseases. In fact, other states have successfully implemented medical marijuana programs. There are several challenges to implementing a similar system in Minnesota, but there have been some notable advances.
Previously, caregivers could only help patients with administering medicine and picking up cannabis, which meant that they could only be helpful to patients with developmental disabilities. However, a 2021 legislation change expanded the scope of caregiver responsibilities. Under the new law, caregivers can help as many patients as they like. This has led to a high demand for caregivers, with many seeking jobs in this field.
Since the passage of the new Missouri law in November 2017, more than two hundred families in the state have moved to Colorado to obtain CBD oil treatment for their intractable epilepsy. For many, however, moving to Colorado is not an option due to personal and work commitments. However, the new law in Missouri is helping to alleviate the situation by making it legal for people to obtain CBD oil from nonprofits in their state.
As of the time of writing, Missouri’s law allows for the cultivation and processing of marijuana plants. However, the Missouri Department of Health is still developing regulations to implement the law, and additional administrative requirements could delay the issuance of the first medical marijuana cards by up to six months. Moreover, the new law only allows for a four percent THC concentration in any extract produced. This means that the sale of medical marijuana products would raise approximately $8 million for the state’s veterans’ programs.
New Jersey law
As a state that is far from legalizing marijuana, New Jersey is slowly making progress toward legalizing it. For now, however, those who are suffering from epilepsy can use marijuana to treat their condition. The state recently passed a law that allows people with intractable epilepsy to use marijuana for medical purposes. It’s possible that this law will eventually be implemented in all states.
Another state that recently passed a medical marijuana law is New Mexico. The state’s medical marijuana law, also known as Initiative 59, is designed to ease the symptoms of people with certain conditions. The legislation includes patients with epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, Lou Gehrig’s disease, muscle spasticity disorders, and multiple sclerosis. It also applies to patients with HIV/AIDS and severe chronic pain.
North Dakota law
The North Dakota Compassionate Care Act, which passed by a vote of 64 percent on Nov. 8, 2016, has made medical marijuana available to those suffering from intractable epilepsy. Patients need to obtain a state-issued ID card in order to use medical marijuana. In addition, patients must be over 19 and a legal resident of North Dakota. The law states that designated caregivers may treat up to five patients.
As of the July 2017 amendment to the Constitution, marijuana can only be used for specific purposes in North Dakota. It is not approved for all medical conditions, but it is approved for use in certain circumstances. Intractable epilepsy and multiple sclerosis are among the conditions in which marijuana is approved. People with inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, and severe pain may also qualify for medical marijuana.
The Louisiana law for medical marijuana includes the inclusion of intractable epilepsy, which is a rare form of epilepsy. The law removes certification requirements for physicians who prescribe marijuana and makes the relationship between a patient and physician easier to establish. However, Louisiana is not the only state to legalize medical marijuana for this purpose. Other states have made the drug available to those with certain conditions, including HIV/AIDS and muscular dystrophy.
The HB819 legislation in Louisiana allows medical marijuana for patients with intractable epilepsy. This legislation may benefit the majority of stakeholders, including healthcare providers, manufacturers and patients. The legislation would increase access and profit for medical marijuana manufacturers, while increasing access to care would reduce costs for both patients and caregivers. This would be a major step forward for patients who would otherwise struggle to access quality care.
New York law
The New York state medical marijuana program has been in place since 2014, with a doctor certifying the use of the drug as clinically appropriate. The state also requires that a patient register with the state in order to purchase the medicine. A new law, however, has expanded the criteria for receiving a prescription for medical marijuana, including allowing up to two caregivers per patient, increasing the maximum amount a doctor can prescribe, and allowing users to purchase smokable cannabis from a medical marijuana dispensary.
Medical marijuana is legal in New York for individuals with certain medical conditions, such as intractable epilepsy. Some conditions are so severe that it would be dangerous to use it for recreational purposes, such as those caused by a chronic, debilitating condition like PTSD or epilepsy. Under these conditions, a doctor can prescribe marijuana to patients who have a severe medical problem such as epilepsy or a rare condition like cyclical vomiting syndrome. In addition to epilepsy, other conditions that are treated with marijuana include chronic pain, PTSD, and the treatment of terminal illness.
The Pennsylvania medical marijuana law aims to ease the burden on patients by legalizing the drug for medical use. The state’s Department of Health would start the process by forming an advisory board, which would then recommend whether the drug is safe for patients. Ultimately, it would take 18 months for the entire process to be completed. Once the medical marijuana industry is up and running, it would require hundreds of employees and thousands of patients.
Medical marijuana is available in pill, oil, topical creams, liquid, and vapor. There are some restrictions, though. For instance, a patient cannot possess more than 30 days’ supply of the drug. Further, marijuana for medicinal purposes is illegal for recreational use. If a patient fails to comply with the law, he could be prosecuted for possession. Despite the strict medical marijuana laws in Pennsylvania, recreational users may also be prosecuted under the same laws as the medical marijuana patients.