Cancer survivor Steve Bate says he ate his way through chemotherapy.
The treatment typically causes nausea and loss of appetite, but Bate credits his unusual response to the copious quantities of medical marijuana he consumed during chemo.
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Bate is one of more than 250,000 Floridians with active medical marijuana cards, a total that illustrates the strong growth of Florida’s pot program. The experience turned Bate him into a pot proponent.
“This is not about smoking pot and getting high,” said Bate, 58, of Delray Beach. “This is about getting back to work and being productive.”
Florida voters in 2016 overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment legalizing medicinal cannabis, and the state’s new industry has taken off. While smokable marijuana remained illegal until this year, new rules allowing the sale of joints — “flower” in industry parlance — have boosted patient interest.
Gov. Ron DeSantis in March