Rick Scott Signs "Charlotte's Web" Medical Marijuana Bill

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Florida now officially recognizes marijuana as a substance with medical benefits -- well, at least in some very narrow cases.

As expected, Gov. Rick Scott signed the "Charlotte's Web" bill into law today. The bill allows certain strains of noneuphoric marijuana tincture to be used to treat a very short list of maladies, including childhood epilepsy.

"As a father and grandfather, you never want to see kids suffer," the governor said in a statement. "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."

Of course, cynics might point out that Scott's signing of the bill may have just as much to do with his opposition to a wider medical marijuana policy in Florida as it does children.

No law gets passed in Florida without wide Republican support, and it's not much of a surprise that the GOP took up the Charlotte's Web bill the same year that a medical marijuana initiative is on the ballot in November.

If the amendment passes, Floridians suffering from diseases would be able to seek prescriptions for regular ol' medical-grade marijuana to treat ailments such as cancer, glaucoma, and HIV.

Several Republicans, including Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, are hoping the Charlotte's Web bill will undercut the medical marijuana debate in Florida. But it's not just Republicans who feel that way. DNC chief Debbie Wasserman Schultz is also skeptical of the amendment.

In several children with epilepsy, the cannabidiol content (i.e., not the THC) of marijuana has been one of the few effective substances that gives them relief. The particular strain used for "Charlotte's Web" contains very little THC.

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Michael Echeverria
Michael Echeverria

Thc is also a huge pain killer amongst other ailments.This law is bogus and were not one step closer to freedom were just pawns.I vote for dicriminlization.Let me grow it,let me process it and let me be the only gardener so I know what's in my tincture not some big corporate takeover.Look at cigarettes! Now imagine them cultivating and processing.i say keep your hands off nature


the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING! 13

ENLIGHTENMENT...i was a brainwashed evil, mean, christian conservative until i tried it at 17 years old...i hated gays, immigrants, women's rights, blacks, marijuana, i was Rush Limbaugh's #1 fan....until i smoked marijuana....changed the world

1000s of my friends and family have grown 30-99 plants for 20 years, thanks for keeping prices high and NORCAL wealthy...#1 crop in cali = $15 Billion Untaxed...

"any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death" - cali secret 420

from 0 states to half the country(now the majority), from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

20 years behind us southern states and NEW YORK, sad and scary....nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states and more blacks are in prison then were slaves before the civil war...even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice...no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol...not 1….the new generations are taking over in the south and they are nothing like their freedom denying parents, let’s ride…

Deaths by Alcohol: Millions
Deaths by Tobacco: Millions
Deaths by Prescription Drugs: Quadrupled in last decade
Deaths by Guns: MillionsDeaths by the food we are fed: Millions
Deaths by Marijuana: 0, ever...they are killing my American family while denying freedom

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Courtney KickPush Mitchell
Courtney KickPush Mitchell

He won by a narrow margin, the narrowest of all time. If you were at home smoking that day and did not vote.... Shhhhhh...... It's Yo fault!

Matty Wheelz
Matty Wheelz

True this bill that Rick Scott signed is a watered down sham!

Billy Arseneau
Billy Arseneau

KNOW THE FACTS: http://www.flsenate.gov/.../Bill/2014/1030/BillText/er/PDF - Above is the actual text of the Bill, now law, for the medical marijuana "reform" you all think you're going to be "benefiting" from. It's short in length and anyone can read and comprehend the regulation imposed. In summary, the Bill is extremely narrow with respect to: (i) whom can apply for its use (must suffer from a chronic illness where one suffers from seizures); (ii) the total number of dispensaries that can be opened (five); and (iii) how you can "take" or "use" the MM (you can't smoke it). Real reform lies in Amendment II. This means you have to go out in vote. What the legislature has done is part tactics; making you think that "reform" has been established without the need for a public referendum. Even if Floridians do vote "yes" in November, this legislative precedence may really "stick-it" to Floridians as to how the Department of Health will be forced to regulate distribution and production

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@sweetcookies3333 It's not fake. You are a complete ignoramus, just like all the republicans...... you still think its a sham and a fake law for stoners? Wrong, you don't know ANYTHING-NOTHING,ZIP about cannabis. Instead of ignorantly talking negative about it, why not spend you fatass republican time and look up CBD cannabis, and learn about it. It has been featured in 2 mainstream CNN documentaries. Oh, also, retard, cannabis patents are owned by the U of Florida, the federal DoD, and the US Dept of Health, backed by the US Government funds. Look it up fools, I will destroy all you republicans with hard, solid facts on this plant. Oh, and count on FL being the #2 grow state behind California next year, because the bill is going to pass. Florida has come to realize the facts now, over 20 states and counting, fools! hahahaha, have another drink to that, hypocrite republicans! Our tax dollars are going to put that money in your pocket to buy your drunken booze weekends you all binge out on after the week! PATHETIC republicans, pathetic! GET WITH THE PROGRAM and quit living in denial of the facts.


Money decides the politicians..... voting either way doesn't matter. The people who voted him in get ALL blame, not the people who didnt vote. The people who didnt vote, could have voted for the 2nd runner up, so your logic is quite flawed. Like I said, the elections for state and federal positions are all bought with money and lobbyists. Look up the Gore and Bush election, Bush lost by over 900,000 AMERICAN VOTERS VOTES.... yet America came up with "electoral colleges" which overruled the votes of THE PEOPLE WHO VOTED. If you use your brain, its obvious Bush lost and somehow regained presidential positions. That is a sham, solid fact. Electoral colleges are unknown by almost ALL AMERICANS. Most ignorant voters like you actually think YOUR vote counts? hahahaha, wrong. That is just 1 sham in voting, look at Ron Paul in the last obama election.... I could go on, but republicans are too dumb to research more than 5 minutes. As are most poor democrats, just a giant mess of idiots this country has turned into.... whoever has the cash gets the approval these days. Just like this bill, when its good for REPUBLICANS, they are all for it. If its for people and no profits, republicans shoot it down. They all want the tax money, lets be real. Pathetic fkers, wake up please!

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