Mod­ern Cannabis

Things to know about med­i­cal mar­i­juana in Florida

Bonita & Estero Magazine - - FEATURES -

In Novem­ber 2016, Florida res­i­dents passed an amend­ment to the state con­sti­tu­tion al­low­ing for the use of mar­i­juana in treat­ing a va­ri­ety of ill­nesses, dis­eases and chronic con­di­tions. Over the next sev­eral months, the Florida leg­is­la­ture passed mea­sures to im­ple­ment and reg­u­late med­i­cal mar­i­juana, in­clud­ing the re­quire­ment of pa­tients to be cer­ti­fied by a qual­i­fied physi­cian for the use of this “mir­a­cle medicine.” Once a pa­tient be­comes ap­proved by a physi­cian, they can ob­tain med­i­cal mar­i­juana through a state-li­censed dis­pen­sary.

Lib­er­ate Physi­cian Cen­ters is Florida’s first med­i­cal mar­i­juana busi­ness, hav­ing opened its doors in 2015, for the pur­pose of pro­vid­ing physi­cian cer­ti­fi­ca­tions and man­ag­ing the process for pa­tients to legally ob­tain med­i­cal cannabis. To­day, Lib­er­ate has of­fices in Fort My­ers, Jacksonville, Naples, Port Char­lotte and West Palm Beach, with plans for fur­ther ex­pan­sion through­out 2018 and be­yond.

“I founded Lib­er­ate be­cause I strongly be­lieve in the ther­a­peu­tic and heal­ing prop­er­ties of mar­i­juana,” says Daniel J. Reid, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer. “Over the past two decades, some 30 states have al­lowed for med­i­cal-mar­i­juana use to treat a broad range of dis­eases, and now over 200 mil­lion Amer­i­cans live in a state that pro­vides ac­cess. While each state pro­gram is quite dif­fer­ent, the one com­mon­al­ity is that all 30 states re­quire a pa­tient to be cer­ti­fied by a physi­cian.”


Reid points to the Lib­er­ate Mis­sion State­ment to fur­ther ex­plain the com­pany’s op­er­a­tions. Lib­er­ate Physi­cian Man­age­ment is dedicated to help­ing peo­ple with chronic ill­ness and de­bil­i­tat­ing med­i­cal con­di­tions to have ac­cess to physi­cians that pro­vide re­quired pa­tient cer­ti­fi­ca­tions in ev­ery state with a med­i­cal-mar­i­juana pro­gram.

We en­able physi­cians and en­trepreneurs to as­sist pa­tients in need of med­i­cal-mar­i­juana ther­apy us­ing the high­est stan­dard of care and by pro­vid­ing a range of op­er­at­ing, mar­ket­ing, train­ing and re­lated ser­vices to physi­cian of­fices through­out the United States under the Lib­er­ate Physi­cian Cen­ters brand.

We be­lieve med­i­cal mar­i­juana is a highly ef­fec­tive ther­apy for many ill­nesses and con­di­tions. We sup­port safe ac­cess, in­creased sci­en­tific re­search, and the sanc­tity of the doc­tor­pa­tient re­la­tion­ship, and op­er­ate with the high­est de­gree of pro­fes­sion­al­ism, ex­per­tise and busi­ness ethics.


Florida’s mar­i­juana law cov­ers can­cer, epilepsy, glau­coma, HIV, AIDS, post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der, amy­otrophic lat­eral scle­ro­sis, Crohn’s dis­ease, Parkin­son’s dis­ease, mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis, ter­mi­nal ill­ness, chronic non­ma­lig­nant pain, and med­i­cal con­di­tions of the same kind or class as or com­pa­ra­ble to those listed above.

“Our mantra is “Get Le­gal, Get Started and Get Help,” says Reid. “Our ser­vices go be­yond the physi­cian cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and in­clude all the ad­min­is­tra­tive steps that, with­out our help, might over­whelm a typ­i­cal pa­tient.”

This cat­e­gory al­lows doc­tors to cer­tify pa­tients who have symp­toms or med­i­cal con­di­tions that are both de­bil­i­tat­ing and sim­i­lar in na­ture to the med­i­cal con­di­tions that are ex­plic­itly named in the law.

Prospec­tive pa­tients in­ter­ested in learn­ing more about Lib­er­ate’s process, ser­vices and lo­ca­tions, in­clud­ing Fort My­ers and Naples, can visit lib­er­ategulf­

From top: Lib­er­ate Physi­cian Cen­ters team in­cludes Dr . Don­ald Ket­ter­ha­gen, COO, and Dr. Robert J. Brueck, chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer and CEO; Kathy Ket­ter­ha­gen (stand­ing) and Linda Brueck, RN.

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