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Welcome to the Fishman & Sheridan Eyecare Specialists blog, where we aim to provide valuable insights into various aspects of eye health and related topics. Today, we delve into a topic that has garnered significant attention in recent years: Florida’s medical marijuana laws. As advocates for holistic health and wellness, we believe it’s essential for our patients to be informed about their rights and options when it comes to medical treatments, including medical marijuana.

Understanding Florida’s Medical Marijuana Laws:

In 2016, Florida passed the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative (Amendment 2), which legalized the use of medical marijuana for individuals with qualifying medical conditions. This amendment expanded upon the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014, which allowed for limited medical use of low-THC cannabis.

Qualifying Conditions:

Under Florida law, patients must have a qualifying medical condition to be eligible for medical marijuana treatment. Some of the qualifying conditions include:

  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Chronic nonmalignant pain (when caused by a qualifying medical condition)

It’s important to note that this list is not exhaustive, and there are additional conditions that may qualify a patient for medical marijuana treatment.

Accessing Medical Marijuana:

Patients who have been diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition must be certified by a qualified physician registered with the Florida Department of Health’s Office of Medical Marijuana Use (OMMU). Once certified, patients can apply for a Medical Marijuana Use Registry Identification Card, which allows them to purchase medical marijuana from licensed dispensaries in the state.

Benefits of Medical Marijuana for Eye Health:

While medical marijuana is often associated with managing chronic pain or symptoms of conditions like cancer or epilepsy, it also shows promise in treating certain eye conditions. Research suggests that medical marijuana may help alleviate symptoms of glaucoma by reducing intraocular pressure, which can help slow the progression of the disease and prevent vision loss.
Additionally, medical marijuana may provide relief for individuals suffering from ocular inflammation, diabetic retinopathy, and other eye conditions. However, it’s essential for patients to consult with their physician and eye care specialist to determine if medical marijuana is a suitable treatment option for their specific condition.


As advocates for comprehensive eye care and patient well-being, Fishman & Sheridan Eyecare Specialists are committed to providing our patients with the information and support they need to make informed decisions about their health. We encourage individuals with qualifying medical conditions to explore the potential benefits of medical marijuana treatment under Florida law, and to consult with their physician and eye care specialist to determine the best course of action for their eye health needs.
If you have any questions or would like to learn more about medical marijuana laws in Florida, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Your vision and well-being are our top priorities.

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[Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog is for educational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Patients should consult with their physician and eye care specialist for personalized medical recommendations.]

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