As mentioned in Half 9, the underside line is that: physicians-in-training will not be ready to prescribe medical marijuana.


  • What about doctor instructional setbacks regarding medical cannabis?


Highlighting how we will enhance doctor schooling is the aim of the insightful Educating Healthcare Professionals Concerning the Medical Use of Hashish by the Society of Hashish Clinicians.

Sufferers, physicians, and the general public all wish to be taught extra about medical marijuana. Data compels most individuals, organizations, corporations and even communities to extra actively take part in all ranges of the Florida authorities medical marijuana program on the native, state, and federal ranges. This cannabis concern impacts all of us in several methods. 


  • What development and setbacks are occurring in our present state program, and in the end, on the nationwide entrance?

SOCIAL MEDIA: The measurable development?

On September 10, 2018, Katerina Eva Matsa and Elisha Shearer printed a Pew Analysis Heart viewpoint on use of social media  Information Use Throughout Social Media Platforms 2018.

Whether or not a cannabis convert or not, in 2019, most Individuals proceed to get continuous information on social media, though many have issues about its accuracy, credibility, and objectivity.

 SOCIAL MEDIA: The setbacks?

In her July 22, 2019 Get Shut Down On Instagram? Right here’s What to Do, Amy Donohue concurrently discusses each setbacks and development for and affected cannabis content material creators, together with a plan of motion:

In case you are within the cannabis enterprise, be ready to be pissed off by social media. It’s very potential that one thing like that is going to occur — so right here is cope with seeing one in all your social media accounts taken down.

The issue is that Fb and Instagram (owned by Fb) are reactive. All it takes is a rival dispensary budtender or former worker to go to a profile and report it. As an alternative of havinga overview course of (or, hiring sufficient folks to take action which looks as if a no brainer, proper?), they react instantly by suspending – or deleting –  the account.”

Moreover, Might introduced the information that “Fb is not going to permit marijuana gross sales on its platform. Social community’s inside coverage crew elects to maintain world ban on selling pot gross sales or promoting marijuana outright, after months of debate,” in keeping with Max Cheney at MarketWatch.

BANKING: The expansion?

The Republican-controlled US Senate hosted a listening to on cannabis banking on July 23, 2019. In Who’s Now Lobbying on the SAFE Banking Act? Acquainted Names and Some New Ones, Nikitha Sattiraju regarded on the entities that lobbied on the SAFE Banking Act within the second quarter of 2019:

“The listening to, titled ‘Challenges for Hashish and Banking: Outdoors Views,’ is each sudden and unprecedented. Monetary establishments, even in states the place cannabis is authorized, are normally hesitant to serve cannabis companies whereas cannabis stays unlawful on the federal degree.”

In a letter to Senators Gardner and Merkley in April, the American Bankers Affiliation acknowledged that “With out larger readability, that whole portion of financial exercise in authorized cannabis states will proceed to be marginalized from the banking system.”

One other win got here August 3, 2019 as reported by Marijuana Second that whereas the federal banking framework is probably not on board but, Credit score Unions Received’t Be Punished For Working With Marijuana Companies, Federal Regulator Says:

“Regulators received’t punish credit score unions merely for working with marijuana companies which might be working in compliance with state legal guidelines, the top of the federal company that oversees the monetary companies suppliers mentioned in a brand new interview.”

Chatting with Credit score Union Instances, Nationwide Credit score Union Administration (NCUA) Chairman Rodney Hood clarified that “It’s a enterprise resolution for the credit score unions in the event that they wish to take the deposits. The monetary establishments should comply with present federal steering and be sure that the companies they select to service will not be violating anti-money laundering legal guidelines or different guidelines.”

BANKING: The setbacks? 

In accordance  to Alex Trpkovich’s June 18, 2019 report for Greencamp, banking setbacks revolve across the easy proven fact that the Hashish business desperately must grow to be credit score card-friendly for product purchases: “In some U.S. states, it’s been years since cannabis was legalized for medical or leisure functions, but you continue to can’t purchase it with a bank card.”

Returning to the difficulty of credit score unions and cannabis banking. August 9, 2019 introduced the grim information that Alaska credit score union to finish marijuana enterprise pilot program:

“An Alaska credit score union plans to discontinue a pilot program to supply checking and financial savings accounts to marijuana-related companies, an official mentioned.

Credit score Union 1 will finish this system Aug. 30 as a result of important insurance coverage protection will not be out there, The Anchorage Day by day Information reported Tuesday.

Credit score Union 1 introduced this system’s launch in November to determine monetary companies for the primarily cash-operated business. Marijuana-related companies can not proceed this system past a pilot part with out the legal responsibility protection, mentioned Credit score Union 1 CEO James Wileman.

Alaska voters legalized leisure marijuana in 2014. The state generated greater than $10 million in marijuana tax income from July 2017 to June 2018.”

Alaska’s astonishing quantity of yearly marijuana income needs to be examined carefully when Congress begins debating the SAFE Banking Act (HR 1595) later this 12 months. 

SOCIAL MEDIA + BANKING: The development meets the setbacks?

In December 2018, Tony Perkins reported on a rising development within the present cannabis market: “Why the blockchain revolution has no chief—on objective.”

Most Individuals comply with the information, though issues come up about accuracy, credibility, and objectivity. Perkins continues, “the cannabis sector is at the moment affected by this identical mutual nationwide Bust In Institutional Belief. The largest shopper development within the West is a broad-based and precipitous fall in confidence in our oldest and most trust-based establishments — authorities, media, academia, and finance.

A current Gallup ballot requested Individuals about their confidence ranges in 15 societal establishments. Solely three—the army, small enterprise and police—earned a majority-level of belief. Client belief in banks and mass media, particularly, is collapsing. The monetary disaster within the late 2000’s actually took the wind out of a lot of the belief we had in massive banks.

PURCHASING: The expansion meets the setbacks once more?

Along with banking obstacles within the cannabis enterprise, there’s a lengthy path forward earlier than there may be unfettered banking entry for cannabis sufferers. Nevertheless, dispensaries provide varied banking apps akin to CanPay to permit extra cost selection freedom.

This selection permits a Florida state affected person to hyperlink their private federal checking account to the CanPay app and use their present out there financial institution funds to cowl their cannabis purchases.

This handy non-cash cost methodology gives month-to-month statements, so sufferers can observe their cannabis spending and finances accordingly for the subsequent dispensary journey.

Nevertheless, all of this nationwide and statewide pleasure, confusion, contradiction, and impending authorized fallout could have detrimental results on the continued work of the Crusaders. Finally, the Entrance Strains of practically 300,000 sufferers like me will expertise the worst of it whereas ready, considerably impatiently. 

The normal press, social media platforms, the monetary sector, and the affected person sector are all scrambling to determine the right “Guidelines of Engagement” for the cannabis business.


  • Who’s instantly affected by the fluctuating development and setbacks within the state’s marijuana sector?

Sufferers: As of the most recent August 9, 2019 OMMU Weekly Replace, Florida’s Workplace of Medical Marijuana Use reveals there have been 253,652 lively registered medical- marijuana Entrance Line sufferers. From the passage of Florida’s Modification 2 in November 2016, the affected person shopper base grew from 65,000 sufferers to 165,000 in 12 months. Leafly partnered with Whitney Economics, an Oregon agency to compile these statistics.

Physicians: Roughly 2,300 Florida Medics who suggest cannabis as therapy for all kinds of situations and signs. Physicians and well being professionals are included within the 9,068 jobs created within the Florida medical cannabis business.

Staff: On June 19, 2019, the cannabis business Crusaderselevated jobs by 44% final 12 months,” Leafly introduced, with Florida’s speedy market development creating essentially the most new jobs.” This knowledge offers a glimpse into Florida’s finest future:

“The authorized cannabis business employed a complete of 1,290 folks in Florida at the start of 2018, in order that was a development charge of 703%.

That hiring surge was spurred partly by a near-tripling of Florida’s medical marijuana affected person inhabitants, which grew from roughly 65,000 to 165,000 in 12 months.”

Legislators and Directors: The Rear Battalion of U.S. and state legislators and policymakers are mobilizing to make a sweeping shift in financial transactions and our collective cannabis context. Florida is actively attempting to channel the dialogue right into a extra productive, mutually useful public one.


  • How do fluctuating development and setbacks impact cannabis context and core values?



The NACB, or Nationwide Affiliation of Hashish Companies shares Florida’s core values and mirrors the excessive requirements of the state’s MMTC system — a step in the precise course to shift the context:

“We see the necessity for a unified, sincere, and moral market. So we have now made it our mission to assist in the constructing and shaping of the cannabis sector by making a compliant and accountable business. We’re the one affiliation in U.S. cannabis that vets our members to be accountable, reliable and compliant.”

A monumental shift in context should occur sooner fairly than later all through the cannabis business on this ongoing contentious battle for sweeping marijuana reform.

In his easy Hashish Discourse, Jacob Levine reminds us that this nation is 100% copacetic with »utilizing, »overusing, and »repeatedly utilizing authorized, regulated substances, such because the societally-acceptable espresso, alcohol, prescription drugs, and sugar. The issue, fairly, lies within the context of cannabis use:

“We have to rethink our notion of medicine and substances typically. We people have all the time used medicine and can use medicine nicely into the foreseeable future, whether or not for medical, leisure, or religious functions. The primary concern we have now with medicine just isn’t the medicine in and of themselves, however the context of their makes use of.”



Human pondering. Our personal preconceived ideas regarding “medicine” and the way we view medicine inside our tradition and within the function of nationwide healthcare is skewed. We should make the person context shift mentioned for ourselves, at the start. Solely then can we assist shift the collective nationwide mindset of “medicine” to a extra productive context and useful public dialogue.

Contemplate Levine’s stark examples:

“-Having a 10mg edible earlier than going to sleep each night time just isn’t the identical as smoking weed on daily basis and neglecting one’s kids. -Getting drunk at a marriage and having a blast with out inflicting hurt to oneself or others just isn’t the identical as getting drunk on a Tuesday morning and driving to work drunk. -Getting morphine at a hospital as an analgesic for one’s damaged bones just isn’t the identical as recreationally taking pictures up morphine with soiled needles.

If we attempt to look exterior the scope of our preconceived concepts about medicine’ physiological and societal results, and as a substitute scrutinize the context of the place and the way medicine can be utilized, we will start to have a rational dialogue which exists exterior of the notorious binary cut up of whether or not we must always or shouldn’t use medicine.”

In line with Levine in Hashish Discourse, this dramatic marijuana contextual shift entails these three objectives:

  • “to encourage a rational and logical strategy to formulating future drug insurance policies by offering a complete spectrum of right this moment’s views surrounding marijuana.”
  • “to encourage rational pondering in a world the place extraordinarily polarized and reactionary views are clouding our judgment.”
  • “to make you assume, fairly than persuade you of non-public opinions.”


Subsequently, the longer term political and scientific cannabis dialogue, should facilitate an total mutual shift to a brand new context that consists of the de-stigmatized acknowledgement of cannabis as drugs, goal evaluation of useful therapeutic cannabis use, and unbiased analysis on and availability of high quality cannabis, to call only some.

Bear in mind the army sticky wicket dialogue in The Medics? Marijuana Second studies that the Navy Bans Sailors From Utilizing CBD Regardless of Federal Hemp Legalization, New Memo Says, during which “the army department emphasised that it has a ‘zero tolerance’ drug coverage and mentioned that even with the 2018 Farm Invoice, which legalized hemp, ‘Navy coverage has not been affected’ and ‘all merchandise derived from hemp or marijuana are nonetheless prohibited.’”

On a lighter word in regards to the subject of authorized substance use and context, Legalization of Marijuana and Rising Social Acceptance Augments the Marketplace for Hashish Infused Drinks, with the US gross sales round $200 million. In the meantime, Florida and the nation eagerly anticipate the subsequent nationwide cannabis commotion.


CONTEXT AND CORE VALUES: Need further intel?

For my subsequent collection, I’ll be discussing “Lighting Up Florida Medical Marijuana PLACES: Troops, Half 1,” detailing the Florida dispensary expertise from each the Retail and the statewide Supply views.