Medical marijuana available in Florida next week

Posted at 7:48 PM, Jul 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-21 19:48:42-04

Gail Seltzer says she suffered with chronic pain. "It's an inflammatory disease and it affects me since I was born," she says. For years, she could handle the pain until about 10 years ago. "I started with a skin condition that doctors were unable to determine what the problem was," she added.

Doctors put Seltzer on an anti-inflammatory diet, but it barely helped. "When I was at my worst about four years ago, someone suggested [cannabis]." And she told me -- she finally found relief. Next Tuesday, medical marijuana will become available to people like Gail, legally. The Department of Health says doctors must undergo a required training process before confirming a patient needs the drug. 

Dr. Sujal Shah with Jupiter Medical Center deals with patients diagnosed with cancer. "The big concern in the medical community is a lot of primary care doctors are going to have patients running to them asking for this, for whatever ailment. but just like any new drug, that's just something that we are going to be watching."

For more information, visit the Florida Department of Health.