Disease prevalence rates (proportion of people alive diagnosed with a certain disease) for cancer, epilepsy, HIV, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, and PTSD to determine the number of eligible patients with the conditions specified in the proposed ballot initiative. There were an estimated 2,038,131 patients alive in 2017 that have been diagnosed with the specified conditions during their lifetime. These patients represent the pool of eligible patients for the medical use of marijuana. These people are those that may not have had appropriate guidance, support, or personal care to assist with an appropriate approach towards living with a debilitating disorder and being supported in the community for their holistic care approach to disease management.
Although Medical Marijuana is available in the state of Florida, it does however, remain illegal under Federal Law.
More than 34 million adults –16 percent of the adult American population – provide care to someone aged 50 years or older. About 70 percent of adult caregivers get help from family members, friends or neighbors. And about 30 percent rely on help from paid caregivers.
Between 2010 and 2050, the U.S. population is projected to grow from 310 million to 439 million, an increase of 42 percent.
Between 2010 and 2050, the United States is projected to experience rapid growth in its older population. In 2050, the number of Americans aged 65 and older is projected to be 88.5 million, more than double its population of 40.2 million in 2010. (Source: Family Caregiver Alliance – National Center on Caregiving).