Florida, one of the states which passed medical marijuana Amendment 2on election day, passed it with 71 percent of voters agreeing. But how do doctors feel?
Doctors in Florida are happy Amendment 2 was passed, but long-time advocate is still unhappy with the law on cannabis for cancer.
News talk Florida spoke to Dr. Joseph Rosado, a long-time advocate for medical marijuana. He is one of many doctors in Florida who are happy Amendment 2 was passed. He just hopes lawmakers in Tallahassee sort some regulations pertaining to cannabis for cancer out real fast before it is too late for some of his patients.
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Rosado says CBD can cause tumors to shrink
Across many US states, cannabis laws have been passed to assist people who are in too much pain to function from day to day. Many such patients have been diagnosed with cancer, and they are receiving chemotherapy, which suppresses the appetite. Cannabis for cancer helps, says Dr. Rosado “The THC helps with the nausea, anorexia and addresses the vomiting. It will also help patients replenish their energy because they are able to eat. The CBD, studies have shown, can cause shrinking of tumors.“
Rosado says he is opposed to the 90-day rule where patients have to see the same doctor for 90 days before cannabis can be prescribed as a treatment. He would like to see this rule changed as he has had five patients pass away while waiting out their 90 days. A patient considered terminal in Florida is one whom doctors can do nothing to save, and who is expected to die within a year.
90 days is not compassionate
Rosado says that means patients have to spend a quarter of the life they have left waiting. That is not compassionate.
He says because of the mandatory waiting period, he had to warn the family of 15-year-old Cruz how long it would take when time was of the essence. He was considered terminal after doctors were unable to stop the spread of his cancer.
Cruz is on a 24-hour morphine drip, and Rosado hopes that cannabis could help him to take less of the strong narcotic.
It is tough to discourage patients
“Day one when his mom brought him to the office, I discouraged him. I’ll be honest,” Rosado said. “I discouraged them and I said this is going to be tough, you know it’s 90 days. I’m not going to give you anything today.”
Rosado said he has recommended medical cannabis to seven patients. The first patient he recommended cannabis to has seen their tumor shrink since they started the treatment.
Rosado said for Cruz, it should not only reduce the amount of medication he takes, but also help with nausea, anxiety and sleep.
Cannabis for cancer
One day before Florida voters went to the polls and decided whether to approve medical marijuana or not, a company made a delivery to Cruz, the incredibly brave boy who awaited cannabis for cancer.