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In November, voters will decide if Florida will have a full medical marijuana program to supplement the compassionate care act program

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Florida is known as one of the most incriminating states of medical marijuana, but recently patients under the compassionate act (started in 2014) can now receive low THC tinctures. In November, voters will decide if Florida will have a full medical marijuana program to supplement the compassionate care act program. South Miami-Dade’s Costa Farms, a local dispensary in Florida, will now supply those as previously stated with a new tincture called Haleigh’s hope! The strain itself is grown for an ailment of a young girl named Haleigh Cox who had to flee to Colorado due to state laws in Georgia at the time. Haleigh unfortunately having more than 100 seizures a day before discovering that low THC oil stopped the seizures.

“She’d quit breathing several times a day, and the doctors blamed it on the seizure medications,” Cox’s mother told CNN last year. The Coxes first chose to move to Colorado to obtain legal weed. They began giving Haleigh cannabis oil five times a day.

Despite the fact that Florida passed its own “compassionate use” bill in 2014, it took more than a year of fighting before the state let anyone legally grow marijuana and use the bill. Now, with that process finally in the past, Modern Health Concepts will begin taking appointments to deliver Haleigh’s Hope oil to registered patients’ homes this Monday. The company says it plans to open more dispensaries soon. In the meantime, it will also sell Haleigh’s Hope oil at its main location in South Miami-Dade.

Dr. Carlos Smith, Modern Health’s medical director, tells New Times that, while it’s unclear how much demand there is for the oil in South Florida so far, he expects more patients to inquire about it as time goes on.

“I can be ordered for terminal patients, too,” he says. “I would say that the strongest evidence out there for CBD in terms of clinical evidence is for seizures, and certain types of seizure disorders especially, may have beneficial effects.”

He said that once a doctor recommends CBD oil for a patient — and when that patient is placed on the state’s compassionate use registry — Floridians can make an appointment with Modern Health Concepts starting Monday. Smith says that Modern Health can deliver the oil to any patients in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, and Monroe counties.

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