Medical Marijuana: Rick Scott Signs Charlotte's Web Bill Into Law

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In a historical moment for the medical marijuana movement, Rick Scott signed the Charlotte's Web bill into law on Monday.

Back in April, the Senate approved the bill by a 36-3 vote, and Scott said he would sign it into law as soon as it hit his desk.

Charlotte's Web, which is used to help children with epilepsy, 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.

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

"As a father and grandfather, you never want to see kids suffer," Scott said in a news release statement on Monday. "The approval of Charlotte's Web will ensure that children in Florida who suffer from seizures and other debilitating illnesses will have the medication needed to improve their quality of life."

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.

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

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. It's even been backed by the biggest medical marijuana opponents, the Florida Sheriffs Association.

House Criminal Justice Chairman Matt Gaetz of Fort Walton Beach originally filed to have the measure passed back in February.

Gaetz, a Republican, and Broward Rep. Katie Edwards, a Democrat, had been pushing for the measure since that time.

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

"We applaud Governor Scott's signing of this bill," said Ben Pollara, campaign manager at United for Care, via a release. "He is joining the ranks of the millions of Floridians who agree on one indisputable fact: marijuana is medicine."

Added Pollara, "Today is an important day for our cause, but while tens of thousands of Floridians are one step closer to a healthier life, many times that number can draw nothing but hope from this move."

While Scott signed the bill into law and came through for Florida's children, he's still very much against the legalization of medical marijuana across the board.

Although he did say he'll respect the decision of the people should the initiative get the votes.

Voters will decide if medical marijuana will be legalized in Florida come November, when they'll have a chance to vote for or against Amendment 2.

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This is definitely progress, but not enough! This bill will only be able to treat children with seizures. We need laws that allow for safe medical marijuana access for the majority of sick adult patients who medicate with medical marijuana.

Vote YES! on Full Safe Legal Medical Marijuana Access in November Floridians!

"Low-THC strain only" seem to be a new trend in prohibitionist propaganda rhetoric.

First off, where did Medical Marijuana prohibitionists get their facts from? Links please? Show us somewhere that says the low-thc strain only is good for all ailments that Medical Marijuana is used to treat.

We'll wait for documented proof/links please, because what prohibitionists are saying is a complete fallacy. 

The Medical Marijuana strain low-thc and high in CBD has only recently been discovered and is effective primarily in children with multiple daily seizures. 

The low-thc strain is not meant to treat all the other conditions stains with higher levels of thc treat. 

Medical Marijuana has been around for over 20 years and has been recognized by by over 20 states as medicine, BEFORE the low thc strain was even discovered. 

Care to explain that and what follows below away prohibitionists? With proof/links to where they are getting their info that states the low-thc strain is the cure all for every ailment that higher thc strains are used to teat. 

We're waiting for that proof and rebuttal.

Furthermore naysayers, please read the excerpt below carefully than respond with your links, proof and rebuttal.

Read carefully:

Charlotte’s story and the concern for other young patients have led some lawmakers to consider passing legislation that only allows patients to access marijuana oils that are high in CBD and that have little or no THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). While it is heartening to see lawmakers’ concern for the plight of patients with catastrophic seizure disorders, these proposals unfortunately exclude the vast majority of those who can benefit from medical marijuana, some of whom also face life-threatening ailments.

Relative Rarity

While CBD appears to be particularly effective at treating seizures, the number of individuals treating seizure disorders through medical marijuana programs is relatively low. For example, only 2% of the registered patients in both Rhode Island and Colorado report seizures as their qualifying conditions. While it is imperative that these individuals be allowed to legally access medical marijuana – and the strain they need – it is just as important to remember that there are tens of thousands of other men and women and a small number of children who suffer from a variety of debilitating conditions whose symptoms are alleviated by medical marijuana. The vast majority of those patients have symptoms that benefit from strains of marijuana that include more than trace amounts of THC.

THC: Why It Matters

Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is just one of the roughly 85 cannabinoids found naturally in marijuana. Clinical trials and the experiences of hundreds of thousands of patients have shown that THC, and strains of marijuana that include THC, provide important medical benefits for individuals suffering from pain, multiple sclerosis, nausea, and wasting disease. THC is also the cannabinoid most responsible for marijuana’s psychoactive effects. While THC does cause marijuana’s “high,” patients use marijuana for relief, not for euphoria. Patients who inhale marijuana can titrate their dosage precisely to use only as much as they need, reducing or eliminating the euphoria. Some use marijuana only before bed.

The federal government has officially recognized THC’s medical properties since 1985, when the FDA approved a prescription drug that is made of synthetic THC — Marinol — for nausea. Yet, Marinol is not adequate for many patients who can benefit from marijuana. For nauseated patients, a pill can be impossible to keep down. Meanwhile, many patients benefit from the synergistic effect of THC and the other cannabinoids, such as CBD. Natural marijuana is less intoxicating than Marinol because patients can titrate their dosage and other cannabinoids moderate THC’s psychoactive properties.

Studies have shown that marijuana that includes THC can alleviate a host of debilitating conditions, including:

Nausea and appetite loss: Researchers have found THC and marijuana with THC are effective anti-emetics and appetite stimulants for individuals suffering from the side effects of cancer chemotherapy or AIDS treatments. 

Multiple sclerosis: Research has found that marijuana with THC can alleviate spasticity. In addition, Canada, the U.K., and several other countries approved an oral marijuana extract made of equal proportions of CBD and THC.

Pain: Several studies have found that marijuana strains that include THC can alleviate neuropathic pain — a notoriously difficult-to-treat nerve pain commonly found in amputees, AIDS patients, and patients with multiple sclerosis.

Since the 1970’s, the federal government has been providing a handful of individuals who suffer from various ailments with marijuana grown at the University of Mississippi as part of the Compassionate Investigational New Drug program. The four surviving patients still receiving federal marijuana receive a strain with almost no CBD that has been essential to managing their conditions — a rare bone spur disorder, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, and a painful condition called nail patella syndrome, respectively. The marijuana these individuals have benefitted from would not be allowed under CBD-only proposals.


Medical marijuana legislation should not be so restrictive as to leave behind around 98% of the individuals who can benefit from it. THC has proven medical benefits and individuals who can benefit from strains that include it should not be forgotten when legislators debate medical marijuana bills.

Leon Heflin
Leon Heflin

this is political theater so Governor Skeletor doesn't look like a heartless freak when the subject is brought up during the debate.

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Best Thing Gov. Scott has ever done!   Thank You!

Let's keep it going and Vote YES on #2!

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