Florida State Governor Rick Scott (R) revealed yesterday that he approves the law that legalizes medical marijuana that is low in THC for treatment of thousands of Floridians suffering from epilepsy and similar conditions.
Though he has expressed reservations about the drug, Scott told The Associated Press that he will sign the medical marijuana bill, commonly known as Charlotte’s Web bill, which sailed through the Statehouse with all the parties backing it on Thursday.
Charlotte’s Web contains minimal amounts of THC, which is responsible for getting users high. Research has shown that this strain of marijuana can reduce seizures in epileptic children whose condition cannot be alleviated using conventional medication.
“I’m a parent and a grandparent,” Scott said. “I want to make sure my children, my grandchildren have access to the health care they want.”
The bill was approved by the Florida Senate on Monday, but owing to some alterations by the House, needs to be voted for again before it is forwarded to Governor Scott to sign it.
Scott’s decision to support the medical marijuana law has come as a surprise since he recently voiced his opposition against a draft constitutional amendment that seeks to permit patients to access medical marijuana.
“I have a great deal of empathy for people battling difficult diseases and I understand arguments in favor of this initiative,” Scott said, as quoted by NBC Miami. “But, having seen the terrible effects of alcohol and drug abuse first-hand, I cannot endorse sending Florida down this path and I would personally vote against it.”
United for Care, an advocacy group that is the sponsor of the medical marijuana, welcomed Scott’s decision to approve the Charlotte’s Web bill via a press release yesterday. To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit www.forexminute.com/newsletter.
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