Florida Government Approves Medical Marijuana Legislation

On Friday, the Florida State Senate passed a bill that will legalize the use of low-THC marijuana to treat patients with epilepsy and cancer. Governor Rick Scott is expected to sign the bill into law soon.

The Senate voted 30-9 in favor of the bill and a day earlier the House voted 111-7 in favor as well. The overwhelming support is noteworthy because most of the political representatives in Florida are republican. The lawmakers decided to revamp a constitutional amendment that will be put on Florida’s November ballot. The amendment would allow doctors to prescribe medical marijuana to patients with severe disabilities.

Advocates of the bill pushed the legalization of the “Charlotte’s Web” strain of marijuana that showed compelling success for various patients with epilepsy in Colorado. The strain was named after Charlotte Figi, a native of Colorado Springs, who suffers from Dravet syndrome – a rare and catastrophic form of intractable epilepsy that begins in infancy.

The “Charlotte’s Web” strain of marijuana is high in cannabidiol (CBD) and low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is effective in reducing the seizures suffered from Dravet syndrome and reduces the reliance on pharmaceutical medications. Over 100 families have moved to Colorado in hopes of obtaining this strain of marijuana to help save their children’s lives.

– Read the entire article at Science World Report.