Dr. Natalie Ellis is one of the few doctors who do house calls these days. She serves a downtown community in St. Petersburg, visiting patients when they are sick or when young children make it inconvenient for them to come to the office.
Much like Dr. Quinn of Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, Dr. Ellis is a pioneer. She is one of a growing number of Florida physicians licensed to treat patients with cannabis.
The newly licensed medical marijuana practitioners are learning as they go. “All of this is really new,” she says. “There’re a lot of people that still don’t know it’s legal.”
Marijuana is a Schedule 1 illegal drug under federal law, but the momentum is growing for full or partial legalization. Florida has joined 43 other U.S. states and the District of Columbia in allowing some form of medical marijuana, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine.
The Sunshine State passed a constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana in November 2016. Doctors have been undergoing special state training and 13 medical marijuana treatment centers have been