Telehealth Medical Cannabis Prescriptions Could Be Coming to Florida Under New Bill

Telehealth Medical Cannabis Prescriptions Could Be Coming to Florida Under New Bill

Discreet prescription refills via telemedicine are already the norm for drugs such as hair loss and erectile dysfunction drugs for men. The same methods can be used to discreetly obtain prescriptions for medical cannabis under Florida’s new bill.

House Bill 387 Sponsored by Spencer Roach (R-North Fort Myers), it will allow practitioners to certify medical cannabis patients via FaceTime, Skype, and other visits rather than in-person visits. Roach told the House Subcommittee on Health Care Regulation that the bill would “treat this (medical marijuana) like any other drug.”

Florida doctors are doing it anyway, and the bill will simply legalize that practice, the lawmaker said in a great many words. The bill “adds necessary and immediate tools to assist departments when doctors break the rules,” Roach added.

Barry Gordon specializes in medical cannabis care in Venice, Florida. He told the House committee that using telemedicine to get certified would benefit Florida’s sickest people — those who need it most.

“It’s cost savings for patients, it’s safe for patients, it’s very important,” Gordon said at the hearing. “We have to remember that our patients are the most debilitated and weakest patients here in Florida.”

of Tampa Bay Times report More than 2,500 doctors in Florida have completed training to order medical cannabis for their patients. Voters said yes in 2016 by approving a constitutional amendment to legalize medical cannabis. Nearly 800,000 patients have been certified for medical cannabis to date.

Physicians are now required to perform a physical examination of a patient “while physically in the same room as the patient” before qualifying them to order medical cannabis.

It’s not that fast though. The bill also requires the Department of Health to suspend physicians from ordering medical cannabis for up to two years if they “provide, advertise, or sell telemedicine services before 1 July 2023.” Allow

Senator Jason Brodeur (R-Sanford) introduced a similar bill during the 60 days of Congress.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has suspended the state’s in-person requirement for medical cannabis because of COVID-19, but it only applied to patients renewing their medical cannabis certification.Those who need to see a new doctor are out of luck. Executive order expires in 2021but some doctors continue to use telemedicine to recertify patients anyway.

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The Florida Department of Health recently announced it would begin a new round of licensing for medical marijuana businesses that would double the number of vertically integrated cannabis businesses in the state. Revealed new medical cannabis business licenses will be available. That’s double the 22 operators currently licensed to produce and sell medical marijuana in Florida. The new emergency rule comes more than six years after Florida voters legalized the medical use of cannabis.

Meanwhile, the WISE & Free Florida Committee I want to go home to where I grew up in Florida Via a proposal on the 2024 ballot, according to the state elections office website. To do this, we need to submit 891,589 valid signatures.

Similarly, smart and safe florida We are seeking an amendment to legalize adult-use cannabis on the 2024 ballot. The Smart & Safe Florida Commission submitted 291,999 valid signatures as of Friday.

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