Monday, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a bill legalizing the use of low-THC medical marijuana.
Senate Bill 1030, nicknamed the Charlotte’s Web bill allows physicians to provide this medication to young children who suffer from debilitating seizures.
Florida is now the 23rd state as well as the District of Columbia to pass such legislation.
Charlotte’s Web, named after a young child (Charlotte Figi) whose almost constant epileptic seizures were significantly reduced by a form of marijuana high in canabidiol, but low in the psychoactive ingredient that produces the typical marijuana “high”. After trying every known anti-epileptic drug option approved by the FDA, Charlotte’s parents moved to Colorado when they were unable to legally get the marijuana in their state.
A 2013 documentary on CNN hosted by Dr. Sanjay Gupta (see accompanying video) and featuring Charlotte as well as other patients whose parents also made the move to Colorado had an obvious emotionally persuasive impact on many state legislators including our own.
However there is still not enough good evidence-based research actually documenting the long term safety and efficacy of this form of marijuana.
To that end, the Epilepsy Foundation has called for an end to Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) restrictions that have limited clinical trials and research into medical marijuana for epilepsy.
The Charlotte’s Web bill bill is independent of a constitutional amendment which will be on the November ballot. Titled Amendment 2, if passed, this amendment would expand the use of medical marijuana in Florida for everyone.
For more information: Check out the Epilepsy Foundation in Florida