Florida Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Bill for Low-THC Pot

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Florida is still a long way from legalized medical marijuana. The Sheriff's Association is waging a fierce campaign against it. The governor has hinted he might not sign any new laws on it. The conservative House has yet to take up the issue.

Yet history was made in the Florida Senate yesterday, when legislators for the first time passed a bill to legalize medical pot. The bill, which would make it legal to obtain low-THC marijuana from a doctor to treat epilepsy in children, flew through the Senate with a 36-3 vote.

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The so-called Charlotte's Web bill was sponsored by three Republicans and bolstered by emotional testimony from parents such as Helen and Peyton Mosley.

The Gulf Breeze couple became the most visible pair in favor of the bill, which they say would drastically improve life for their 11-year-old daughter, RayAnn, who suffers from epileptic seizures.

If the bill is signed into law, patients such as RayAnn would be able to get marijuana with 0.8 percent or less THC (normal weed has around 15 percent of the chemical) with a doctor's prescription.

"RayAnn made a huge impact on me when they came to my office," Republican Rep. Greg Evers of Pensacola tells the AP. "If it was my child, I wouldn't have any problem getting them help, whether it was legal or whether it wasn't."

The vote is historic, but it doesn't change anything yet. A companion piece in the House is destined for a floor vote, but it's much less clear-cut whether it will pass.

There's also the sticky matter of Rick Scott. The governor hasn't made it clear exactly what he'll do about Charlotte's Web if it passes both chambers, but he has certainly given plenty of hints that he doesn't like it.

Earlier this month, he sent his surgeon general to the House to warn of "unintended consequences" if the bill passes. Scott has issued only a vague statement saying, "The FDA is currently evaluating the safety and effectiveness of the medication. The Governor is hopeful that families will get relief from the impacts of these serious illnesses in the safest possible way."

Either way, voters will have their say on more sweeping change this November when they cast ballots on fully legalized medical marijuana.

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Grandma
Grandma

Low THC, ofcourse america. 

Martha Kaplan Backer
Martha Kaplan Backer

Prohibition didn't work in the 20's for alcohol, and our drug war is waning...thank G-d! Legalize and tax. maybe sell it on Amazon.

Mercedita Duràn
Mercedita Duràn

...we forgot Al Capone, do a research LOL George Washington, grew Cannabis is in his yard, whether it was tea time; we will never know, nevermind fudge the cancer patients...

Marco Alessio Di Giovanni
Marco Alessio Di Giovanni

I think we can all agree that legalizing it will do more good than harm to society. People who want to smoke it already do it anyway, so it'd be a relief for everybody if they knew nobody's freaking going to jail for smoking something that causes no more harm than alcohol consumption.

Las Olas G
Las Olas G

Tiffany Leitz -- now you wanna come back to Laudy !!!!!!!

Gomez Christian
Gomez Christian

LEGALIZE THAT SHIT! just like everything in life, if u dont like it dont do it, but dont throw me in jail for smoking Gods gift to mankind off the clock

Raquel Torres
Raquel Torres

YEAH!!!!! I am ready to open my own dispensary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Noles
Noles

This is a HORRIBLY written article and poorly researched. Clearly whoever wrote this needs some more practice. Under the law people will only be able to obtain the THC chemical itself to be ingested with a doctor's prescription, not marijuana itself. Also the Sheriff's Association has NO problem with it, nor are they waging a "fierce campaign" against it. Also the house is not hesitant, and it has been brought to the house and looked over although it has not reached the floor yet. Lastly, Governor Scott hasn't made any comments on it. This bill will be passed, and there is a lot of support from both sides. However, there is no indication that "medicinal marijuana" that can actually be smoked will be legalized in FL any time soon. 

Michael
Michael

so repubs are against big govt...but they love big corps, and apparently want this industry to be dominated by only the super wealthy and connected corporations as indicated by their language and proposed amendments to this bill. they also apparently want to be physicians, as they know what type of cannabis is needed and for what illnesses or diseases. so sad that florida legislators wont look at how medical marijuana was regulated in Colorado or if they are or claim they are they are definitely not giving it much credit. Florida's DOH estimates over 250,000 people that have debilitating diseases that would qualify under proposed amendment 2. so we are going to ignore those, but say its ok for children with epilepsy....how backwards are we? and to say leave it to the FDA first...are you serious?!? how many foods/drinks/drugs has the FDA approved that has known adverse implications to humans! Or has even directly caused death! how many previously FDA approved drugs have been shown to directly cause death and then yanked from the shelves or faced class action lawsuits?! why do these drugs get the FDA stamp from big pharm? Money, money, money, connections, and money. Of course this isn't a blanket for all or even for most. but put it up next to a plant. a plant. a plant that grows on earth. that isn't manufactured in a lab. that doesn't kill people. leave it to the consumer, leave it to the patients, leave it to the families to decide what meds they want to use, what food, drink and drugs they want to consume if it isn't causing harm to others. for politicians to say what is and isn't toxic, what is and isn't morally right or wrong, for politicians to stifle small businesses and to effectively have an entire industry controlled by 4 organizations is so wrong on so many levels and epitomizes the problem we have in Tallahassee. More needs to be done for the over quarter million that suffer from debilitating conditions that simply will not be helped by low-thc oil form cannabis. get off your butts and take a look at the other bills that have been sitting on the shelves since February (SB0962 and HB0859) and have them reviewed in the subcommittees. why haven't they been read?! I guess cancer, HIV, Parkinson's, etc. aren't as significant as epilepsy.

Dan Williams
Dan Williams

0.8 % THC.... Alright Florida medical patients, a bill passed to say your allowed to smoke SWAG! LMFAO

BrianKelly
BrianKelly

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

SedonaSherpa
SedonaSherpa

Should be on the ballot...period.  not the redneck sheriffs worried about their bloated drug war budgets and cammo face paint.  nor the senate who is greased by GlaxoSmith....Nor the religious wacka-doodles....

Leyah Namoff
Leyah Namoff

Will FL finally join modern civilization? Hopefully

Rick Mallol
Rick Mallol

I have to go back to my Dr for a new prescription.!!!!!!!!!!!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter


Denver CO -- The largest federal raids ever of Colorado's medical-marijuana industry culminated Monday in the indictment of four people on accusations they funneled and laundered hundreds of thousands of dollars from Colombia to buy a Denver warehouse.


The allegations in the case, detailed for the first time Monday, paint a picture of international money transfers, a marijuana dispensary owner on the lam, high-dollar cultivation facilities, and a car trunk full of cash. If convicted, the defendants could be sentenced to decades in prison.


Named in the indictment are brothers Luis and Gerardo Uribe, 28 and 33, respectively; attorney David Furtado, 48; and Colombian citizen Hector Diaz, 49. Both Uribes and Furtado were among the owners of the more than a dozen medical-marijuana businesses that Drug Enforcement Administration and Internal Revenue Service.


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Nesa Lagunas
Nesa Lagunas

Donovan!!! You saw it last night and didn't bother to relay the information? D: Seriously, any progress is great - that's why I tagged all of you lol.

Donovan Abel Dominguez
Donovan Abel Dominguez

Nesa yeah saw it yesterday it Charlottes Web pretty clever, and in November it be passed medically asthmatics are eligible for license wooo!

Nesa Lagunas
Nesa Lagunas

David Lopez Javier Alfaro William Amador Donovan Abel Dominguez Kyle Bumgarner Joshua Milburn Geneva Marie Carrillo !!!!!!!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Utter nonsense.


Why are epileptic children favored over epileptic adults?


Why not just legalize CBD itself, and let the State provide it?


No need for all the marijuana madness and hysteria.


HipTip: there is no "marijuana" with less than 1% THC ... at those minute levels you're talking about industrial HEMP.


Jairo Machin
Jairo Machin

It's about fucking time and to those cop's that said that weed brings more crime ur full of shit beer and liquor does stop hating on weed

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