The story of the legalization of medical marijuana in Florida is actually pretty recent—the drug was only legalized in the Sunshine State for medical use in 2016. But to their credit, this late milestone didn’t stop them from doing it right: Florida is one of the first states to legalize smoking medical marijuana—something that happened this very year.
The legalization might be recent, but it isn’t without a rich and sprawling backstory. And it all starts back in the 30s…
Once upon a time in Florida—where the cannabis plant doesn’t natively grow—people started using it as “the drug from Mexico.” There wasn’t much brouhaha at first, and then Victor Licata butchered his entire family with an ax—and the blame was put squarely on the fact that he smoked marijuana.
Marijuana went from “the drug from Mexico” to “devil weed.” Then came the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 and selling the drug became illegal. By the 40s, parents all over the country were pretty paranoid about marijuana.
But the 50s and the 60s were a different time entirely. With the advent of thriving universities, people—college students in particular—were now more liberal and more sympathetic toward marijuana.
And then, of course, we had Jimmi Hendrix, Marvin Gaye, and other performers whose concerts became hotspots for marijuana arrests.
The 70s and Onwards
The 70s saw a surge of marijuana smuggling—mostly from Jamaica—which made access to the drug easier, enabling more people to try it. In the 80s, Ronald Reagan and his war on drugs ramped up a whole new frenzy.
And then, a vampire brought the entire campaign back to ground zero.
John Crutchley—a serial killer in jail for the rape and murder of a teenager—was released after 10 years. The very next day, bad old Crutchley went and smoked some pot. Tested for the illegal drug and found to be in violation of his parole, the three-strike law in Florida did the rest, and Crutchley found himself back in jail. He became the face of devil weed 2.0
Weed at Last
Florida languished for many more years before 2016 came rolling and the state found itself surrounded by other states that had legalized marijuana. Finally, Florida, too, mended its ways—and is now clearly on the path to salvation.
These days, you can get medical marijuana in Florida—from Hallandale to North Miami—if you have a medical marijuana card. If you don’t have one, you can obtain one by scheduling an appointment with us at Midori Med and getting yourself evaluated. If you have any questions, get in touch with us today!