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Florida may allow use of medical marijuana for treatment of childhood seizures

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While advocates are busy collecting signatures to add a medical marijuana referendum to the fall ballot, some Florida lawmakers are pushing to make a certain type of medical marijuana legal even sooner, WJCT reported on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014.

The type of marijuana garnering attention is a strain known as Charlotte’s Web, named for Charlotte Figi, a young girl from Colorado with a severe disorder called Dravet syndrome.

Charlotte’s mother, Paige, recently told legislatures that her daughter, who is now two years into treatment, once suffered from about 300 seizures each week, but after using just a few milligrams of oil from the particular strain of marijuana each day, Charlotte is now down to just one to two seizures per month.

“She’s 99 percent - almost 100 percent - seizure-free,” the girl’s mother said.

The Charlotte’s Web strain has a very high concentration of cannabidiol, or CBD, while it has very little tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which normally produces the high from marijuana.

“It’s brand-new, and it’s very, very exciting for these parents who have nothing left,” said Paige, who admits that they previously tried every possible treatment available with Charlotte – all to no avail.

The Colorado grower of Charlotte’s Web has recently had to increase production in order to keep up with the ever-growing demand.