Governor Rick Scott officially signed into law the form of marijuana called Charlotte's Web over a year ago. Since that time not one patient suffering from epileptic seizures, usually children, has been able to legally purchase it. What makes matters worse is that not one grower has been allowed to begin the process of manufacturing Charlotte's Web.
What has taken place since the signing of the bill is continuous legal obstacles that have finally been exhausted and thrown out of court. Last week Judge W. David Watkins finally said enough is enough and threw out the final legal obstacle and said lets get busy growing some medical marijuana in Florida.
Charlotte's Web is marijuana but has no or little THC content so it is not going to get you high. It is usually taken in an oil form like cough medicine. What it helps are children who suffer from epileptic seizures though it does not cure it does lesson the number of seizures a child may have to endure.
This form of medical marijuana should have been available as soon as it became law, but now probably won't be available until 2016. Most are hoping for the end of 2015 but the process of selecting the five farms where it will be grown and processed has to take place. The Florida Health Department will begin sending out applications on June 17th, 2015. So just to be safe it will probably not be available to patients until 2016, Florida can be quite slow with its bureaucratic procedures.
Some farmers were trying to hold out for the 2016 election so that when the medical marijuana bill that will be on the ballot could be voted for. In the 2014 election the bill titled Amendment 2 missed passing by less than 2% of the 60% it needed to become law. The farmers felt that those selected for Charlotte's Web marijuana might not get the lucrative medical marijuana crop since big money would sure be involved.
Florida has been closely watching Colorado during its first year of selling recreational marijuana and all the profits that were made. Everybody involved with marijuana growing knows that it will be a highly lucrative business and all want their share of the money. What is sad is that for what will almost be two years since its signing, Charlotte's Web for the State of Florida could have actually been helping its children rather than fighting over the profits. For information on the status of the legalization of medical marijuana in the State of Florida please go to forthepeople.com and United For Care.
By Christopher Granger - The Examiner/June 5, 2015
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