Florida Moves Towards Medical Marijuana As House Committee Passes "Charlotte's Web" Bill

Categories: Drugs, Politicks

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After decades of the war on drugs, countless efforts to decriminalize dope, and tens of thousands of drug arrests, Florida has finally reached a turning point. The marijuana movement has reached critical mass.

In January, the state supreme court ruled that voters can decide whether or not to legalize medical marijuana in November. Some Floridians may not even have to wait that long. Yesterday, one of the legislature's most conservative committees voted overwhelmingly to approve a bill allowing certain strains of marijuana for epilepsy patients.

"Frankly, we need to be a state where guys like me, who are cancer victims, aren't criminals in seeking treatment I'm entitled too," said Dave Hood, a Republican trial lawyer on the House Subcommittee on Criminal Justice.

See also: Miami Democrat Files Bill To Legalize Recreational Marijuana in Florida

The bill sailed through the committee with an 11-1 vote.

"That's because people here in Tallahassee have realized that we can't just have a bumper-sticker approach to marijuana where you're either for it or against it," Rep. Matt Gaetz, the bill's sponsor, told the Herald after the meeting. "Not all marijuana is created equally."

A parallel bill also appears likely to clear the Senate. It doesn't hurt that Gaetz's father, Don, is the Senate President.

"Here I am, a conservative Republican but I have to try to be humble about my dogma," the elder Gaetz said.

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The sea change in support was most evident in the comments of Rep. Dane Eagle. The Cape Coral Republican said he opposed the bill until meeting with the family of a girl suffering from epileptic seizures that could be prevented with medical marijuana.

"We've got a plant here on God's green earth that's got a stigma to it -- but it's got a medical value,'' Eagle said. "I don't want to look into their eyes and say I'm sorry we can't help you."

Even the Florida Sheriff's Association, which opposes the constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana,announced that it was "in support" of Gaetz's bill.

That's largely because HB 843 is very narrowly tailored. It only applies to particular marijuana strains that are low in THC but high in cannabidiol (CBD), which helps prevent seizures. One such strain already in use in other states is called "Charlotte's Web" after a girl successfully treated with the drug.

Gaetz's bill would also provide state universities with $1 million to research the drug's effects and its potential distribution here in Florida.

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jburch024
jburch024

My daughter has Crohns Disease and has suffered for 13 years. It has recently come to our attention that marijuana can keep the disease in remission by relieving  intestional inflamation.  Crohns is just as diblitating as seizures.  Please make this plant available to all who need it!

Chris Schaaff
Chris Schaaff

Legalize it already! The South is a fucking joke! All restrictions should be gone already! Let people have their herb!

Angel Anthony Montaner
Angel Anthony Montaner

YEAHHHHHHHH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EXELENT NEWS, PLUS a Miami congressman introduced a Rec Herb Bill ( Marijuna I prefer the calling it herb, ) CAll your SENATORZZZ !!!!!

Gomez Christian
Gomez Christian

man about time we all start making money together and chill

etenalio
etenalio

just legalize marijuana.. this strain specific nonsense is a waste of time, its a plant, with medical benefits, its safe, and a preventative..whats the wait?

day1kmm
day1kmm

Dr William L. Courtney, who has been studying the benefits of raw cannabis and that he states, "It (cannabis) has captures these molecules that help our bodies regulatory system be more effective. The bottom line is it's a dietary essential that helps all 210 cell types function more effectively”. He further states, “ I don't even refer to it as medicine anymore, strictly as a dietary essential". Cannabis is widely accepted and referred to as a nutraceutical, which is “Food, or parts of food, that provide medical or health benefits, including the prevention and treatment of disease”. We all have an endocannabinoid system that regulates the homeostasis of the other systems in our bodies by means of cannabinoids. We run on cannabinoids.


In raw fresh form cannabis is loaded with health benefits and will not get one high. It’s been said it has 60 times the healing properties compared to smoking because nothing gets burned, but instead consumed. It is the process of drying cannabis that turns THCA into THC. THCA is not psychoactive. One can consume raw fresh cannabis all day and never get high from it. A daily glass of cannabis juice has phenomenal healing properties and has saved lives, killed cancer, healed other diseases and brought those at deaths door back to a healthy life. 

rey0
rey0

You guys keep writing articles about marijuana, makes me think you are a bunch of potheads working there.  Oh wait, you are !


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Chicalinda
Chicalinda

It's not about us...........its about the sick!


Yes#2

day1kmm
day1kmm

Patients and others are thrilled the legislature is waking up to the health benefits of cannabis. We regret they seem to only be looking at one strain for one ailment when well over a million other patients in Florida would benefit as miraculously with their ailments. We all hope when it comes to HB 859 - Medical Use Of Cannabis, the Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act, the legislature has the same compassion, understanding and support for those that need a higher THC level like the cancer patients and so many others that suffer health ailments cannabis has shown to be so effective in helping improve their quality of life, or body's ability to function. Please let your representative know you support legalizing all the medicine for all the patients and would like them to pass HB 859 in the Florida House and SB962 in the Florida Senate.


http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Representatives/representatives.aspx

http://www.flsenate.gov/Senators

claupaz
claupaz

so sad!!!!, somepeople needs this to be better and other people uses this to get "hi" and they do so many stupid things and the worse thing is they destroy families.  Incredible really incredible

Ron E. Chits
Ron E. Chits

Yea and I loathe how these fuvking republicans have the gall to say shit like "why can't a guy like me" or "I saw a family with a little girl that can be helped and I don't want to look in her eyes..."..... All they care about is themselves. ...and yes I am pretty certain they are gonna figure a way to profit off of it

David Detweiler
David Detweiler

Big question is ..who in government profits from this about face? You know humanitarian reasons and easing the suffering of patients is not the real motive here.

Charles A. Garcia
Charles A. Garcia

Didn't read it, but I gather you'd only get arrested if you start to hear pigs and spiders talk?

Mercy Suarez
Mercy Suarez

The story behind the whole "Charlotte's Web" bill is amazing...those parents were desperate enough to try anything to help their little girl and its worked for her when all the pills in the world couldn't...despite the fact that quite a few doctors and "experts" came out immediately claiming there was "no proof" that it helped her, how can they deny the outcome? If your child was going through what that little girl had to put up with, you'd try ANYTHING...

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Michael Jordan

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srmccleary841
srmccleary841

@claupaz It's alcohol that people do stupid things during intoxication. Killing people driving while intoxicated. The only thing marijuana makes you want to do is eat food and relax. The war on marijuana is what is killing people. Imagine for a moment marijuana was legalized 50 years ago because they discovered the health benefits rather than labeled a schedule 1 substance. Because there is more than just health benefits, it benefits the earth. Using hemp we can build houses with hempcrete, cleaner burning oils, make 4 times as much paper from an acre of hemp, than an acre of trees. We would live in a much healthier and cleaner world.

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