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2020 Update on Marijuana-Caused Accidents

February 7, 2020 | Category: DUI

2020 Update on Marijuana-Caused Accidents - Spivey LawFlorida’s medical marijuana law went into effect in 2019 for the following qualifying diagnosed conditions:

(a) Cancer.

(b) Epilepsy.

(c) Glaucoma.

(d) Positive status for human immunodeficiency virus.

(e) Acquired immune deficiency syndrome.

(f) Posttraumatic stress disorder.

(g) Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

(h) Crohn’s disease.

(i) Parkinson’s disease.

(j) Multiple sclerosis.

(k) Medical conditions of the same kind or class as or comparable to those enumerated in paragraphs (a)-(j).

(l) A terminal condition diagnosed by a physician other than the qualified physician issuing the physician certification.

(m) Chronic nonmalignant pain. 

On January 1, 2020, a Tampa Bay Times article said Florida cannabis had a big year in 2019 and expects the New Year to bring a whole new list of things to watch in the cannabis space.

University of California San Francisco (UCSF) researchers said that during a study they found fewer diagnoses of chronic pain after the legalization of marijuana, which was consistent with a 2017 National Academy of Sciences report. However, marijuana was associated with a rise in injuries, substance abuse, and car accidents.

Science Daily reported, "There has been a dearth of rigorous research regarding the actual health effects of cannabis consumption, particularly on the level of public health," said Mr. Marcus, holder of the Endowed Professorship of Atrial Fibrillation Research in the UCSF School of Medicine. "These data demonstrate the need to caution strongly against driving while under the influence of any mind-altering substance, such as cannabis, and may suggest that efforts to combat addiction and abuse of other recreational drugs become even more important."

A British Medical Journal (BMJ) study reported “that a person using marijuana nearly doubles the risk of being involved in a car crash. The findings of marijuana were determined by blood samples or the user confessing to the use.”

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