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Updated: 02/16/2018 10:44:54AM

Cannabis CURE?

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Dr. Dan Smith, an anesthesiologist, operates Liberate Physician Centers in Port Charlotte.

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Macy Jones, the office manager of the Liberate Physician Centers in Port Charlotte, prepares to take the blood pressure of patient Lisette Donovan.

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Dr. Dan Smith, who is an anesthesiologist, operates the Liberate Physician Centers in Port Charlotte. Dr. Smith is required to personally enter all patient information into the states Compassionate Use Registry. If recommended, patients can receive cannabis medicine from an authorized Florida dispensing organization.



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Cannabis tincture oil is a concentrated liquid form of marijuana.


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A vape pen used to consume medical marijuana.


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Patients Lisette Donovan, 48, and Michael Donovan, 55, a married couple from Port Charlotte, consult with Dr. Dan Smith in the Liberate Physician Centers in Port Charlotte. The couple visited the clinic Feb. 2 to see Dr. Smith who recommended they qualify for medical marijuana and added them into the state's Compassionate Use Registry to receive cannabis medicine from an authorized Florida dispensing organization.

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Dr. Dan Smith examines Michael Donovan, a patient in Smith's Liberate Physician Centers in Port Charlotte.


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Dr. Dan Smith examines Michael Donovan, a patient in Smith's Liberate Physician Centers in Port Charlotte.



FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2011 file photo, medical marijuana clone plants are shown at a medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland, Calif. States may be saying yes to medical marijuana, but local governments are increasingly using their laws to keep dispensaries out. In California, nearly 200 city and county governments have banned marijuana dispensaries over the last eight years. That’s three times as many as have adopted regulations for them. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

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In this Sept. 15, 2015 file photo, marijuana grows at a medical marijuana cultivation center in Albion, Ill.

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Dr. Dan Smith examines Michael Donovan, a patient in Smith's Liberate Physician Centers in Port Charlotte.



By ANDREA PRAEGITZER

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Dr. Barry Gordon saved lives with paddles in emergency rooms for years in Ohio. But now, in Venice, he said he is looking beyond conventional medicine to help people.

And he’s not alone.

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