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We’ve been conducting seminars of all sizes for a while now, and we realized that the same three questions always seem to pop up. Hopefully this information helps to answer some questions you have as well!

1. What’s the difference between THC and CBD and will they get me high?

Both THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) are cannabinoids derived from the cannabis plant. CBD, for the most part, comes from low-THC hemp plant whereas high contents of THC come from the marijuana plant, bred to have low levels of CBD. Long story short is that THC is a psychoactive compound which can deliver the feelings associated with being high. CBD on the other hand is non-psychoactive, meaning you won’t feel high from it, but many other positive results have been reported. Both interact with the endocannabinoid system and are useful for a wide array of reasons. Microdosing, the act of taking extremely low doses of THC at a time, is a way you can get the benefits from THC without feeling the psychedelic effects that usually come along with the compound.

What about my gun rights?

This can be a gray area since cannabis remains unlawful at the federal level. However, under Florida law, there are currently no restrictions on gun-ownership when you have an MMJ Card. Some states have passed laws saying you cannot get a concealed carry permit if you carry an MMJ card. But Florida has no such law at this time. If you wish to purchase a gun in Florida and you have an MMJ card, you can only do so lawfully from a private dealer/person, as a licensed gun-show dealer must comply with Federal law, and the Federal background check form asks the compromising question, “Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?” Federal law says yes! Florida law says no!

If I have a medical marijuana card can I take medicine out of the state with me?

The short answer here is no. Due to marijuana being classified as a Schedule 1 controlled substance federally, transporting across state lines is considered illegal. Canna Law Group attorney, Alison Malsbury, says, “You’re still, by crossing the state lines, falling within the jurisdiction of federal government. Even if cannabis is legal in both states, it’s that crossing of the border that puts you at risk.” She also warns to stay away from any country borders. It’s one of those situations where you can probably slide under the radar, but it may not be worth taking the risk and having to deal with legal troubles.

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