TAMPA – One mother will start treating her cancer-ravaged daughter with whole plant medical marijuana even though the state is two months away from the Amendment 2 vote on whether to legalize medical marijuana.
WTSP-TV reported earlier this year on how Moriah Barnhart sought legal counsel to somehow get her daughter access to use medical cannabis under Florida's medical necessity doctrine based on a 1991 ruling.
Barnhart said she had success while treating her daughter with cannabis in Colorado, but decided to move back to Florida to be closer to family and her support system.
In Jenks vs. The State of Florida, the court ruled that patients suffering debilitating diseases have the right to consume, possess and cultivate marijuana, provided they can establish they have a legal medical necessity.
Recently, Barnhart and Christopher Ralph from Health Law Services in Jacksonville, Fla., showed the TV station the paperwork issued by a physician who evaluated Dahlia Barnhart and deemed medical marijuana a necessity.
"I'm not in any way, shape or form uneasy about the law," said Barnhart. "The process for me is easy with regards to the paperwork."
According to Ralph, she will have to carry the paperwork with her at all times.
It includes information from the doctor, details on the Jenks ruling and an identification number for law enforcement to verify its authenticity via a website