Medical marijuana industry growing quickly, not list of qualified doctors

May 14th, 2019 by admin Leave a reply »

There are more than 80,000 licensed doctors in Florida, but just over 2,000 are currently qualified to prescribe medical marijuana to patients. That huge gap could be the result of a relatively new industry.

Returning from Iraq after the deadliest year for U.S. soldiers in the war, a local veteran said his life was completely different.

“I was just kind of like, I felt like a shell of a person,” said the soldier who wanted to go by Jake.

Jake said he was on prescribed medications that numbed him. He started looking into alternatives like medical marijuana.

“I was a little hesitant because of the stigma attached to it from working in military all my adult life. It was something kind of frowned upon,” Jake said.

But he found a doctor who helped guide him. Now, Jake is on a CBD and THC mix.

“I take a pill at night time and I sleep like a baby,” said Jake.

But not all patients can find the right doctor or right medication combination so quickly. There are more than 100,000 active medical marijuana holders in the state but only 2,212 doctors qualified to prescribe medical marijuana, according to Florida’s

Office of Medical Marijuana Use.

“They’re afraid because some of the patients think it’s not right or it’s wrong,” said Dr. Ahmed El-Haddad, a critical care doctor who’s qualified to prescribe

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