Charlotte's Web Medical Marijuana Passes Florida Senate

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In a pretty historic move for Florida, the legalization of the strain of marijuana known as "Charlotte's Web" was passed by the Senate on Monday by a whopping 36-3 vote.

The CW strain has very low tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in it -- which is the stuff that gets you high when you smoke weed.

Charlotte's Web contains 0.5 percent THC and is used to help children who suffer a rare form of epilepsy.

The vote turns to the House, where it is expected to pass as well.

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

The 2013 CNN documentary Weed showcased Charlotte Figi, a 5-year-old girl whose epileptic seizures were radically reduced after she was given her first dose of medical marijuana by her parents. The Charlotte's Web strain is named after her.

Also, Charlotte's Web isn't smoked but, rather, converted into an oil for children to use. It also must be prescribed by a doctor.

"This is the last resort for some folks, for their children," said Sen. Arthenia Joyner, per the Tampa Tribune. "We have a responsibility to do what we can to alleviate the suffering and pain of children."

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

Although the Charlotte's Web measure is separate from the constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana on the ballot in November, it's still, of course, medical.

While the Florida Sheriffs Association backed the Charlotte's Web measure, it has come out and vehemently opposed other forms of medical marijuana in a "Don't Let Florida Got to Pot" campaign that targets Amendment 2.

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

"The [FSA] just backed a very narrow strain of medical marijuana usable for epilepsy -- so there is no dispute that marijuana is actually medicine," United for Care Campaign Manager Ben Pollara said in a statement last week. "Apparently, they're willing to turn their backs on all of the other patients who are in need."

Meanwhile, lawmakers see this as a victory for compassion.

"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 that person in the eye and not do something about it."

The Charlotte's Web bill was sponsored by Sens. Aaron Bean of Jacksonville, Rob Bradley of Orange Park, and Jeff Brandes of St. Petersburg.

Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Shalimar and Democratic Rep. Katie Edwards of Plantation are sponsoring a similar bill.

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### DEA Raids Colorado Marijuana Dispensaries ###

Federal prosecutors have indicted four men on allegations that they funneled and laundered hundreds of thousands of dollars from Colombia to buy a warehouse in Denver for marijuana cultivation.

The charges, unsealed Monday, are the latest outcome of major Drug Enforcement Administration raids on the Colorado medical-marijuana industry last year.

Two people who are among the owners of the more than one dozen raided businesses — 48-year-old David Furtado and 28-year-old Luis Uribe — appeared in court Monday to hear they have been indicted on charges of money laundering and engaging in unlawful monetary transactions. The most serious of the charges carries up to 20 years in prison.

A third owner, 33-year-old Gerardo Uribe, has also been indicted but not arrested. Federal prosecutors consider him a fugitive from justice.


Fuck the cops and their stupid campaign. they support legalizing it for one person, but if everyone can have it, then there is no way it can be legal. they are such hypocrites. marijuana is not bad for you, these cops, and people who aren't cops, need to do some research. how come marijuana is listed as a schedule 1 substance, while cocaine and meth are schedule 2. marijuana isn't even addictive, so how could it be listed above two of the most addictive drugs known to man? it's all about money. cops make a lot of money busting guys for weed. it's sickening that they can let people who need weed, like myself, keep suffering or have to take pills; which by the way, are extremely bad for you. also, a big point i want to make is the there are over 800,000 inmates across the U.S. being imprisoned for weed related "crimes." if you consider the cost of having 1 inmate in prison for a year, which is 29,900 dollars, and multiply that by 800,000, it comes out to 23920000000. that is over 23 BILLION dollars being spent on people who do not deserve to be in jail. that is just my 2 cents on the matter. what is yours? but beware, if you oppose my opinion, you better have your facts straight, or i will tear your argument apart. 

P.S. in the words of Bill Hicks, "it is not a war on drugs, it is a war on personal freedom, keep that in mind at all times. thank you."


When a loved one is in pain, wasting away unable to eat, and needs this marvelous herb in order to increase their appetite, reduce the overwhelming pain, and live as as healthy and happily as they can with the time they have left, let's have the compassion to allow them to have it.

Stop treating Medical Marijuana Patients like second rate citizens and common criminals by forcing them to the dangerous black market for their medicine.

Risking incarceration to obtain the medicine you need is no way to be forced to live.

Support Medical Marijuana Now!

"[A] federal policy that prohibits physicians from alleviating suffering by prescribing marijuana for seriously ill patients is misguided, heavy-handed, and inhumane." — Dr. Jerome Kassirer, "Federal Foolishness and Marijuana," editorial, New England Journal of Medicine, January 30, 1997

"[The AAFP accepts the use of medical marijuana] under medical supervision and control for specific medical indications." — American Academy of Family Physicians, 1989, reaffirmed in 2001

"[We] recommend … allow[ing] [marijuana] prescription where medically appropriate." — National Association for Public Health Policy, November 15, 1998

"Therefore be it resolved that the American Nurses Association will: — Support the right of patients to have safe access to therapeutic marijuana/cannabis under appropriate prescriber supervision." — American Nurses Association, resolution, 2003

"The National Nurses Society on Addictions urges the federal government to remove marijuana from the Schedule I category immediately, and make it available for physicians to prescribe. NNSA urges the American Nurses' Association and other health care professional organizations to support patient access to this medicine." — National Nurses Society on Addictions, May 1, 1995

"[M]arijuana has an extremely wide acute margin of safety for use under medical supervision and cannot cause lethal reactions … [G]reater harm is caused by the legal consequences of its prohibition than possible risks of medicinal use." — American Public Health Association, Resolution #9513, "Access to Therapeutic Marijuana/Cannabis," 1995

"When appropriately prescribed and monitored, marijuana/cannabis can provide immeasurable benefits for the health and well-being of our patients … We support state and federal legislation not only to remove criminal penalties associated with medical marijuana, but further to exclude marijuana/cannabis from classification as a Schedule I drug." — American Academy of HIV Medicine, letter to New York Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, November 11, 2003

Aaron James
Aaron James

Just the first step in the stair case.


Even if he does, it will be sad. But at least it got some consideration.

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