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Medical Marijuana Use Legalized in Florida

Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill on Monday, June 16, that allows the use of Charlotte’s Web in the state of Florida.

Gov. Rick Scott approved the use of Charlotte's Web in Florida on Monday, June 16. The low-THC medicine is used to treat children with seizure disorders.
Gov. Rick Scott approved the use of Charlotte's Web in Florida on Monday, June 16. The low-THC medicine is used to treat children with seizure disorders.

With the stroke of a pen, Florida Gov. Rick Scott legalized marijuana use in Florida on Monday, June 16. But, don’t line up at the corner store to try and buy it like the folks in Colorado or Washington can.

The bill Scott put into action only allows for the use of a very specific form of medical marijuana, known as Charlotte’s Web. This type of pot contains a very small dose of THC, which has been shown effective for treating children with seizure disorders and other conditions, according to CNN.

“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,” Scott is quoted by the Orlando Business Journal as saying.

Scott’s approval of the “Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014” does not affect Amendment 2, which is slated to appear on the ballot in November. That amendment would further expand the use of medical marijuana in the state, if it garners voter support.

What are your thoughts on Scott’s action? Was it the right call to legalize Charlotte’s Web? Tell us by commenting below!

Allen Howe June 17, 2014 at 12:45 PM
It has been obvious throughout history that ANYONE against the use of marijuana either has other agendas as Wm R. Hearst or is simply ignorant of the real facts. In this case, absolutely the only reason Sheldon Adelson would pledge $2.5 mil to try to keep marijuana illegal is that he would make way more than $2.5 mil from the alcohol he sell. No one in their right mind (other than ignorance or prejudice) could argue that the positives far out weigh the negatives. Legalizing it totally as Colorado's example, has proven to be very successful as income for the state, helping to regulate the industry to keep "drug dealers" out of the picture and help many medically needy patients to be in a much better state. While I no longer use it recreationally, I have, since the 1960's, used it almost daily. I have been one of not the top producer at every company I ever worked for, opened my own very successful business in that industry. All while smoking "one in the morning, one at noon and two in the evening". In 2006, I was a passenger in a major car accident and it really messed with my body. I now live in serious pain every day. I have a headache from both minor brain damage and many herniated discs in my neck and back. Like many others, codeine, opiates and other pain killers was the route the Dr.s wanted me to go. While it did help the pains in my knees, hips, shoulders, elbow, back and neck - it did nothing for the headaches. After several weeks, my wife and I began to notice I was no longer the same wonderful person. It had a very negative effect on my personality. Snappy, mean, not the positive person I had been all my life. Everything was negative, no hopes for the future, a half empty glass of water. So I went cold turkey. The worst two weeks of my life. When we went to visit college friends in Colorado, they offered their home grown pot. I quickly found just two hits in the am, and no high but no headache for the day. It was a God send. I felt like I was in heaven. When we can, we want to move to a state where it is legal. We got the wonderful, positive me back. Now, if I know of any "drug dealers", thugs, murders or whom ever is the class of people one would be forced to use to obtain this illegal miracle plant, I would be forced to use them. Trouble is, I have no idea where to find them. This is a miracle cure, legalize it and all the troubles currently related to it will vanish.
Magnus Thunderson June 18, 2014 at 03:54 PM
I thought Scott started to have a care of Floridians when I heard this but I very shortly suspect he did. But quickly realized he did it to try to put a fight that the more inclusive medical bill this fall is not needed. and that is simply not true as charlottes web helps cancer and seizure patents but it not that helpful for you. what I would do in your case if you want to take a risk is grow you own. and to keep out of trouble do it inside in small lot and do not get greedy and try and sell it. in fact you and your wife should be the only ones who know about it. the seed can come from your friend or for those with out contact you can order seeds from Amsterdam's web sites. one note I do not use or grow it my self nor will I unless it legal
Diane Carlstrom June 25, 2014 at 08:23 AM
While Charlottes Web is great for some cases for many others it's not enough. For the time being I have 100% legal botanical products made with CBD rich hemp oil. Speaking for myself the salve has greatly relieved cervical spine pain that even morphine did not. The us govt took a patent in 2003 for the neuroprotective and anti inflammatory qualities if CBD. If you would like to learn more email me at shadoseer1205@gmail.com or call 7273641488 and I will answers any questions you may have.

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