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Senate Passes Low-THC Medical Marijuana Bill

Senate Passes Low-THC Medical Marijuana Bill

By: Associated Press News; Natalie Rubino Email

News Release: Associated Press News
April 28, 2014

By BRENDAN FARRINGTON

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A strain of low-THC marijuana would be legal in Florida for medical use under a bill passed by the Senate.

The Senate on Monday voted 36-3 for the bill. The House has a similar bill waiting for approval.

It would allow doctors to prescribe a strain of marijuana known as “Charlotte’s Web” that contains low amounts of THC, which causes users to feel high.

The marijuana does contain normal amounts of CBD, which is used to treat seizures. The marijuana would be converted into a liquid form for medical use.

It marks the first time a legislative chamber has approved medical marijuana in any form.


Updated By: Florida Senate
April 22, 2014, 5:30pm

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Senator Rob Bradley (R-Fleming Island) released the following statement regarding the Senate Appropriations Committee, chaired by Senator Joe Negron (R-Stuart), passing Senate Bill 1030, allowing for the compassionate use of low-THC grade cannabis:

“Floridians suffering with severe neurological conditions like epilepsy are being forced to seek potentially life-changing treatment in other states,” said bill sponsor Senator Bradley. “Senate Bill 1030 adjusts our state’s law to provide a pathway toward the legal use of products like Charlotte’s Web, hybrid strain of cannabis that provides relief from serious symptoms without psychoactive effects. I look forward to continuing to work with my fellow Senators to pass this important legislation on the Senate floor.”

For more information on Senate Bill 1030, please visit: http://flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2014/1030.


Updated By: Natalie Rubino
March 24, 2014 11pm

The legalization of medical marijuana is back on the table in the Florida State House.

In a 5-1 vote, the State Senate Criminal Justice Committee passed a proposal that would legalize medical marijuana.

While it may seem like a small step, one mom is encouraged.

“We actually thought about moving to Colorado. We never thought Florida would get to this point,” Anneliese Clark said.

Clark’s nine year old daughter Christina has been suffering from seizures since she was three months old.

“She’s been on 16 different medicines. We’ve been to six different doctors, three different countries, eight different hospitals. She’s had three brain surgeries,” Clark said.

Holding a pile of papers in her hand, Clark showed the committee the one thousand side effects of the drugs that her daughter has been on. She says medical marijuana has ten.

“We’ve talked to the families in Colorado and Michigan and Massachusetts and Connecticut and California and we just really want to see her have the chance,” Clark said.

The Proposal passed today legalizes low THC and high CBD marijuana. CBD is proven to treat epilepsy and other conditions without giving that “high” feeling. But some people say more THC needs to be allowed.

“For myself personally the low CBD does nothing. It may help my cancer but I mean I have chronic pain,” Ryan Roman, a cancer patient said.

Under the proposal a patient can only receive the drug if they are a resident of the state and referred to a “Compassionate Use Registry” by a physician.

I also only allows up to four dispensaries throughout the state.


Updated By: Natalie Rubino
March 24, 2014, 6pm

The legalization of medical marijuana is back on the table in the Florida State House.

In a 5-1 vote, the State Senate Criminal Justice Committee passed a proposal that would legalize medical marijuana.

The proposal allows for a high CBD and a low THC content.

Both are found in marijuana, but the CBD is proven not to give a “high” feeling while still treating forms of epilepsy.

A man who suffers from brain cancer spoke to the committee about how medical marijuana has helped ease his symptoms and treat his cancer.


News Release: Florida Senate
Updated March 11, 2014, 6pm

Tallahassee–The Florida Senate Committee on Health Policy, chaired by Senator Aaron Bean (R-Fernandina Beach), today passed Senate Bill 1030, allowing the compassionate use of low-THC grade marijuana for Floridians suffering with severe neurological conditions.

The Republican-led effort sponsored by Senator Rob Bradley (R-Fleming Island) and co-sponsored by Senator Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) and Chair Bean, would provide a framework for the production and distribution of non-smokable strains of cannabis with high concentrations of CBD, the medicinal component of cannabis, and low levels (.05%) of THC, the psychoactive component in marijuana.

“As parent, I would do anything to prevent my children from suffering, so I sympathize with the compelling testimony from parents forced to seek treatment in other states or face legal jeopardy in Florida.” said Senate President Don Gaetz (R-Niceville). “These parents aren’t criminals. They are desperate to find a solution to help their children who have not found relief with other medications. This legislation allows for the compassionate use of this particular strain of non-smokable medical cannabis and provides for the ongoing study of this type of treatment.”

“I made the decision to file SB 1030 after meeting with the families of children who suffer hundreds of serious seizures every day,” said Senator Bradley. “These desperate parents have tried everything. One father told me that his daughter has been put into a medically induced coma several times. We don’t hear the voices of these Floridians in their 30’s and 40’s because most don’t live past 25. Under current Florida law, if these parents give their suffering children this substance, they are criminals. Simply put, that’s not right, and I filed a bill to fix it.”

SB 1030 creates a pathway toward legal use of substances similar to “Charlotte’s Web,” which is processed into an oil extract and administered by placing a droplet under the tongue, avoiding the harmful side effects of smoking marijuana. The hybrid strain, originally referred to as “Hippie’s Disappointment,” offers the therapeutic benefits of CBD without getting patients “high.” Charlotte’s Web has been reported to provide relief from serious illnesses, including for children suffering from daily seizures associated with epilepsy.

“Charlotte’s Web is different from what the public typically associates with marijuana,” said Chair Bean. “Its non-smokable, non-euphoric, and most importantly provides relief to children suffering from debilitating seizures on a daily basis.”

“This bill is a starting point of a conversation about how Florida should adjust our laws to reflect new advancements in treatment,” said Senator Brandes. “Physicians should have all the tools at their disposal to improve the lives of those suffering from severe conditions like epilepsy.”

Representative Matt Gaetz (R-Shalimar) has filed the companion bill in the House, HB 843.

For more information on SB 1030, please visit www.flsenate.gov.


Associated Press News Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A strain of low-THC marijuana would be legal in Florida for medical use under a bill that passed its first committee.

The House Criminal Justice Subcommittee approved the bill on Wednesday. It would allow doctors to prescribe a strain of marijuana known as “Charlotte’s Web” that contains low amounts of THC, which causes users to feel high.

The marijuana does contain normal amounts of CBD, which is used to treat seizures.

The committee heard from several parents who pleaded with them to approve the bill so they can help their children. The marijuana would be converted into a liquid form for medical use.

It marks the first time any legislative committee has approved medical marijuana in any form. Republican Rep. Gayle Harrell was the only member to vote against it.

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