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House leadership adds hurdle for parents seeking help from marijuana extract

The proponents of a proposal to decriminalize a non-euphoric marijuana strain that helps kids with seizures are winning hearts, but not the support they need from Florida House leadership.

A key legislator, Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, fears the idea will get confused by voters who think it’s a sign lawmakers support a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana for some medical use.

“I don’t want to be the first to start down a slope of approval on the use of illicit drugs under the claim of medical protection,’’ he said. “But I’m not saying I wouldn’t vote for something that would help these families.”

Baxley, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, wants a stand-alone bill that is not tucked into a criminal-justice package as its House sponsor, Rep. Matt Gaetz, has done. Baxley’s approach has the support of House Speaker Will Weatherford but is opposed by supporters of the bill, who say it will make it easier for naysayers to kill it.

The proposal supported by parents with children suffering seizures would allow a marijuana strain known as Charlotte’s Web to be legally developed in Florida.

“I think the supporters make a compelling case for the use of Charlotte’s Web to treat children with severe seizures. There is currently no member bill filed on the matter,” Weatherford said in a statement to the Herald/Times.

Meanwhile, the Florida Sheriff’s Association and the Florida Medical Association, which represents doctors, say they remain vigorously opposed to legalizing marijuana for medical use, but they acknowledge the value of strains high high in cannabidiol (CBD), the ingredient that controls seizures, but is low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound that creates a high. More here.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/01/04/3852689/parents-of-children-with-epilepsy.html#storylink=cpyThose strains have shown promise for stopping or slowing the seizures in children with severe epilepsy and provides other medical benefits for people with other conditions. More here.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/01/22/3886681/house-leaders-add-hurdle-for-parents.html#storylink=cpy


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Sam Wilson

Have you checked into how Mike Hill is working behind the scenes to prop up his own candidates to take out GOP leadership-endorsed candidates, such as Brad Drake, who isn't supporting Hill in his run for speaker? If Hill is willing to take out colleagues in his own back yard, then what does that say about his campaign for speaker statewide?

ed jenkins

The citizens have already made it known that they are tired of these attempts by drug dealers and illegal drug abusers to infest our society with these dangerous addictive drugs which are harmful to our children. The readers do not want any more articles on such horrible topics as it is inappropriate to discuss illegal drug use where children could possibly be reading.


I support a stand alone bill... if this cannot pass on its merits alone, it should not be forced upon us.

Anyway, this is simply an attempt to water-down the issue so much that it turns off anyone who thinks it may be a gateway to expanded use from turning out to vote for it... Baby Gaetz is simply making it unappealing to voters if by chance there are enough signatures and it passes court review.

Tally Folly

Ed what planet are you living on and what polls can you cite?
Thanks anyways for your always shallow and incorrect interpretation of Florida Politics.

ed jenkins

As we have now seen all doctors and sheriffs are now calling for an end to this nonsense of drug abuse helping for medical treatments it is well past the time to listen to the readers and citizens who want no more articles written on this horrible subject that could be read by innocent children.

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