On the ballot this past November, Florida residents cast their votes regarding the legalization of medical marijuana use. The measure passed overwhelmingly, allowing chronically, terminally or seriously ill Floridians to have access to marijuana for the treatment of certain conditions or to manage chronic pain.
Millions of people take prescription painkillers every day. Of these, the vast majority do so in moderation for legitimate ailments. Many, however, have fallen prey to the power of these narcotics. According to Fox News, doctors are often lax in their writing of prescriptions, and as a result, patients can easily fall into addictive cycles after doing little more than seeking pain relief. These and other factors account for a number of hidden risks associated with the use of prescription drugs.
It's easy to run afoul of Florida laws concerning prescription medications. Simply carrying a friend's prescription can lead to a felony drug charge if a police officer stops and searches you.
With the governor having signed a bill allowing use of medical marijuana for terminally ill patients, and a bill permitting wider use of medical marijuana on the fall ballot, it's easy to be confused over what is and what isn't legal.