(FOX 13) – A court has concluded that Joe Redner can grow his own marijuana under the guidelines set forth by his doctor to treat his cancer.
Redner sued the state for the right to grow his own marijuana under Florida’s Medical Marijuana Amendment, which was adopted in 2016.
Redner uses an emulsified form of the marijuana plant, also called “juicing” in court documents.
Redner’s suit contended he should be able to grow his own marijuana because the raw plant needed for emulsification is not available from medical marijuana treatment centers.
“You look at that amendment, you know what you can do and what you can’t do and what the state can do and what they can’t do,” Redner told FOX 13 News.
The department is referring to Amendment 2, which does not specify that patients may not possess growing plants. The court pointed this out Wednesday when it gave the decision for the case.
On Wednesday, the Circuit Court in Leon County found Redner “is entitled to possess, grow and use marijuana for juicing, solely for the purpose of his emulsifying the biomass he needs for the juicing protocol recommended by his physician.”
“I don’t know if anybody knows about aggressive chemo, it is one of the worst conditions you could ever be in,” Redner described. “Marijuana relaxes you, lets you lose yourself from all the pain and thinking about your body all the time.”
The court’s decision states Redner may not share the plants, in any amount or form, with anyone else.
The ruling states the Florida Department of Health, which is responsible for creating guidelines for medical marijuana based on the amendment passed by Florida, “has been, and continues to be, non-compliant with