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Cannabis Caregivers: What You Need to Know
It’s not uncommon for someone with a chronic illness or debilitating disease to rely on a caregiver to assist them with their health and medical needs. If these patients live in Florida and use medical marijuana as a treatment, their caregivers can help them with that too, but they need to be qualified according to state law.  

During the next Conversations on Cannabis virtual forum on October 21 at noon, we will be speaking with Dr. Barry Gordon about the rules and regulations for Medical Marijuana Caregivers. He’s going to share the significant legal and medical responsibilities of a cannabis caregiver, and his experiences working with them and their patients. 

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Advocates Say Cannabis and Cannabidol (CBD) Are Proven Winners as Sports Medicines
Eugene Monroe entered the NFL in 2009 as a first round draft pick and played for seven seasons before retiring at age 29 with his body aching from injuries, including head trauma. Before announcing his retirement from the Baltimore Ravens in 2016, Monroe openly challenged the NFL to remove cannabis from its list of banned substances and advocated for the use of cannabinoids to treat chronic pain and sports-related injuries. 

“I’m calling for the NFL to remove marijuana from the banned substances list; fund medical marijuana research, especially as it relates to CTE [chronic traumatic encephalopathy]; and stop overprescribing addictive and harmful opioids,” he stated. 

Now 34, Monroe is still very much a presence in the advocacy of using CBD and cannabis to help athletes recover from injuries and manage pain. 

Monroe has a well-qualified ally in Dr. Jeff Konin, Ph.D., who is advising athletic organizations to embrace cannabis and CBD as natural therapeutic supplements similar to vitamins.

Dr. Konin is the Clinical Professor and the Director of the Doctor of Athletic Training Degree at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami. He leads a team of FIU faculty, staff and students on cannabis research and educational initiatives. He’s also the Founder and President of PHD420, Inc, a nonprofit that focuses on cannabis research and education to healthcare providers around the world as well as clinical experience with sporting events and is a Hall of Fame inductee in the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.  
“Cannabis comes out of a plant, and it's called a phytocannabinoid. Inside the body, you have what's called endocannabinoids. So, similar functions already exist in your body. The purpose of supplementing them with the phytocannabinoid is that you have a deficiency in your body. So, you're not enhancing anything, you're actually bringing it back to where it should be and you're removing the deficiency,” Konin explained.

Both Dr. Konin and Monroe agree that the cannabis plant has nutritional and recuperative effects, a position Joline Rivera has much familiarity with. She’s the founder of Kitchen Toke, a print and digital medium that reports on culinary cannabis for health and wellness, and Red Belly Honey, which is infused with CBD made by honeybees that eat hemp. 

“When you eat the plant, you're basically supplementing your body,” said Rivera. “I'll go even further. I think that pretty soon we'll see raw cannabis fan leaves in the grocery store, those plants, just the leaf, you won't get high from it, but it's rich in antioxidants and antibiotics...I mean, I take those fan leaves and throw them in my smoothie.”

Click here to watch MMERI’s Conversations on Cannabis Virtual Forum featuring former NFL player Eugene Monroe, nationally recognized athletic trainer and cannabis consultant, Jeff Konin, Ph.D., and culinary cannabis expert Joline Rivera on YouTube. Visit MMERI’s website at   
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How to Get Medical Marijuana in Florida
Only a qualified physician can recommend medical marijuana in Florida. However, a patient still must get a Medical Marijuana Use Registry Card to obtain the drug from an approved treatment center.
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What People Are Saying About Marijuana

During each Conversations on Cannabis virtual forum, we ask audience members to share their views or experiences.

“Used cannabis cream on my sore wrist and it helped eliminate the pain in less than an hour. Literally one of those miracle testimonials you hear and don't believe.”
- T.P., San Francisco, CA

“Learning that marijuana had medicinal benefits was impactful on my life.”
- D.W., Tallahassee, FL

“Cannabis has always had therapeutic implications. From an early age I have used cannabis medically to treat Migraines, that was the only medication that would help with my chronic migraines.” - K.T., United States
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