Bill to Legalize "Charlotte's Web" Marijuana Filed by Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz

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The strain of marijuana known as "Charlotte's Web" is closer to becoming legal in Florida, after House Criminal Justice Chairman Matt Gaetz of Fort Walton Beach filed a measure to make it so.

Last month, state representatives held a legislative hearing on getting Charlotte's Web legalized.

The CW extract is known for not giving someone who takes it the usual buzz one gets from pot. Proponents say that it reduces seizures in children with a rare form of epilepsy.

See also: Legislature Holds Hearing on Charlotte's Web, Medical Marijuana With No High

Gaetz, a Republican, and Broward Rep. Katie Edwards, a Democrat, have been pushing for the measure (AKA HB 843), which would legalize all forms of cannabis that contain 0.5 percent or less of tetrahydrocannabinol -- the stuff that gets you high -- and more than 15 percent of cannabidiol.

The proposal would also make it legal to manufacture the compound.

Charlotte's Web already has very low amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol.

The 2013 CNN documentary Weed introduced the world to Charlotte Figi, the then-5-year old girl whose epileptic seizures were radically reduced after she was given her first dose of medical marijuana by her parents.

The strain is named after her.

The federal Food and Drug Administration has yet to approve CW. Yet supporters say that the strain of weed not only reduces seizures in children but in adults diagnosed with a form of epilepsy as well.

Charlotte's Web has succeeded, proponents say, where other treatments have failed.

While this measure is separate from when the Florida Supreme Court approved to have a constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana on the ballot in November, it's basically the same thing.

Medical marijuana measures have come up in one form or another in Florida. And getting Charlotte's Web legalized is really no different.

"When a patient comes into your office and tells you all the meds that they're taking don't work, don't relieve their suffering, but marijuana does," Florida state Sen. Jeff Clemens told New Times, "it's hard to look at that person in the eye and not do something about it."

Last year, Clemens introduced a bill that would allow patients with certain qualifying medical conditions to privately and legally possess medical marijuana.

"This is about helping people," Clemens said. "It's about compassion."


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stone7932
stone7932

I have a daughter that is 11 years old she was diagnosed with epilepsy in February this year. The meds are not working. She has seizures all day and all night and one reaily bad convoying seizurer a mouth. She can not hold her bladder at all with the absent seizures she has  all day and she is in public school. The kids she goes to school with has been with her sense pre-k, so pulling her out of school is not in the question at all for her. All she wants is to be a kid, play softball witch she is trying to do now. That is her life and going to school ect... As a mother it is really hard to see my daughter go through this every day. Our family has be turned up side down this year. My daughter has so much anger and emotional problems right now an not understanding what is wrong with her. Where I live it is hard to get all the help I need to get her and our family the right help to get through this. If anyone who has a daughter/child  with this disorder would understanding why this new drug is important for it to pass. I believe with all the studies will help my daughter live a normal child hood life like she should of got to do. So I am a up set with people who don't have children with epilepsy and agents something that research has proven it works for children with this problem. NO one knows what my daughter goes through on a daily bases and NO I am not through with people that has this problem with this drug passing.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Laughable nonsense.


There is NO marijuana that has less than 0.5% -- five THOUSANDTHS -- THC.


None.



knowa1
knowa1 topcommenter

Physicians and patients are finding that different ratios of CBD and THC are optimal for 


different conditions A CBD-rich strain 


or product with little THC is not necessarily a superior treatment option compared to a 


balanced CBD-rich remedy with an equal amount of CBD and THC. A CBD-rich extract or strain 


with little THC might be optimal for treating anxiety and many seizure disorders, whereas 


pain syndromes, cancers, and neurodegenerative conditions could benefit from an appropriate 


amount of THC. One size doesn't fit all with respect to cannabis therapeutics, and neither 


does one compound or one product or one strain.



http://www.ladybud.com/2014/01/27/why-no-parent-should-support-cbd-only-legislation/s

twistedblond
twistedblond

Charlotte's Web should be an option for Florida families. It's an opportunity for children and their parents to live normal, happy, healthy lives. Let's make this happen!

Michael Lewis
Michael Lewis

Don't have to change anything. You use your done. That's the way I would keep it.

Rachel R Levy Lewis
Rachel R Levy Lewis

Haha... The industry you work in will easily regulate itself to be unaffected if the law does change. :P

Michael Lewis
Michael Lewis

Agreed. Although I wouldn't care either way if it was perfectly legal. Hence I'm not going to bother voting for or against it

Rachel R Levy Lewis
Rachel R Levy Lewis

True. However, by and large, things that generate the level of media coverage that something of this nature does will generally have a fair attempt at becoming legal. I definitely do not see something like this passing because it is an obvious gateway (pun intended) to the later legalization of recreational marijuana. Florida is one of the absolute strictest states with regard to Marijuana laws and I can't see that changing anytime in the near future, medicinally or otherwise.

Michael Lewis
Michael Lewis

Here is the thing with this law. Democrats and people that would vote for this, dint vote other than presidential elections. In this state this is doomed because the republican base comes out in numbers for EVERY vote and the majority or those voters dont want marijuana legal. Come up with all the nic e agreements and facts you want, it trully boils down to the fact this state votes conservative and it's not even close other than once every 4 years.

Rachel R Levy Lewis
Rachel R Levy Lewis

Actually, I don't disagree with your logic, seeing as how I am the creator of it. (Yes, I noticed that you basically copy/pasted my argument to use it against me.) Also, don't hate on my Velociraptor drinking buddy. Do you have any idea how difficult it is to get a creature from the Mesozoic era to hang out on a Friday night?!

Matthew Brandon
Matthew Brandon

Good work New Times. Such a crucial issue that needs to be focused on. Children are suffering and we can make a difference.

Matthew Brandon
Matthew Brandon

See what happens when you don't read. Holy shit! Get some knowledge about something before you voice an uneducated opinion.

Chris Schaaff
Chris Schaaff

Rachel Rambo Levy is just your typical idiot rambling nonsense. Doesn't read the article but discredits it. Then has pictures of liquor all over her page & will probably make the claim that "because it's legal" it's ok when it's do much worse than marijuana... Open your eyes and see the truth please

David Reyer
David Reyer

Pretty ironic that the first two visible pictures on Rachel's page feature alcohol. There are too many losers that are already addicted to alcohol. If you want alcohol figure out a way to use the product without it getting the drinker "drunk" or inebriating them. This would seem to be the most obvious solution to prevent current abusers from attempting to score this deadly liquid thereby abdicating themselves of legal liability for their addiction.

New Times Broward Palm Beach
New Times Broward Palm Beach

Hey, Rachel. Don't know if you read the article, but that's actually exactly what "Charlotte's Web Marijuana" is. It's a strain of marijuana that produces no euphoric effect on the user. In other words, no "high."

Rachel R Levy Lewis
Rachel R Levy Lewis

This will not become a law in Florida. There are too many losers that are already addicted to marijuana. If you want medicinal marijuana figure out a way to use the product without it getting the patient "high" or inebriating them. This would seem to be the most obvious solution to prevent current abusers from attempting to score medicinal-grade drugs thereby abdicating themselves of legal liability for their addiction.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... complete nonsense.


No marijuana has such a low THC content.


What those idiots are contemplating is HEMP -- by definition -- and if all they want is the CBD, then there is no reason or pretext for it to be contained and delivered in a cannabis plant -- especially for use by sick CHILDREN -- when extracted PURE CBD is already available on the world market.



stone7932
stone7932

My daughter is 11 and has epilepsy scene December  and nothing is stoping them. She has them all day and night and one major seizure a month, so I am hoping my daughter has a chance to see if this works. It is hard for her to be a kid. She is in public school and with all the absent seizures she has all day it is hard for her to hold her bladder. But she refuses to leave public school. She has been going to school with all the same kids sense she was in pre-k. I feel helpless and its hard for me as a mother to hold it together when I have no control and I cant help her. If any of you ever had a child like this you have no idea what me or even other families  are going through with our children. So if there is somthing like this that might help I am voting on it to pass. 

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