Rep. Matt Gaetz has found a Senate sponsor for efforts to decriminalize a single strain of marijuana for medical purposes. Sen. Rob Bradley announced he'll be sponsoring SB 1030. Gaetz's bill is HB 843.
The news was welcomed by families desparate for relief.
"We are grateful to Senators Bradley, Brandes, and Bean for filing this lifesaving bill in the Senate today,'' said Peyton Moseley, Founder of Caring 4 Florida and parent of a child with severe epilepsy. "Their compassion and understanding of the difference Charlotte's Web can make in the treatment of our daughter RayAnn and tens of thousands of other Floridians suffering with severe epilepsy gives us hope for our daughter's future."
Here's Bradley's press release:
Senator Rob Bradley (R-Fleming Island) filed SB 1030 to allow the compassionate use of medical-grade marijuana for Floridians suffering with severe neurological conditions like epilepsy. SB 1030 also eliminates the legal jeopardy that has forced Floridians to seek treatment in other states.
SB 1030 provides a framework for the production and distribution of non-smokable strains of cannabis with high concentrations of CBD, the medicinal component of cannabis, and low levels (.05%) of THC, the psychoactive component in marijuana. A hybrid strain with similar concentrations known as “Charlotte’s Web” has been reported to provide relief from serious illnesses, including for children suffering from daily seizures associated with epilepsy.
“Charlotte’s Web helps patients improve their quality of life and offers hope to parents desperate to provide relief to their children,” said Senator Bradley. “While many Floridians have significant concerns about medical marijuana being misused, SB 1030 offers a new opportunity for Floridians who have not found relief with current medications.”
The Republican led effort, co-sponsored by Senator Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) and Senator Aaron Bean (R-Fernandina Beach), creates a pathway toward legal use of Charlotte’s Web, which is processed into an oil extract and administered by placing a droplet under the tongue, avoiding the harmful side effects of smoking marijuana.
“This is completely different from what the public knows about marijuana,” said Senator Aaron Bean. “I’m excited about the possibility of ending seizures in medically challenged kids.”
The unique hybrid strain, originally referred to as “Hippie’s Disappointment,” offers the therapeutic benefits of CBD without getting patients “high.”
“As a father I would go to any length to ease the suffering of one of my children,” said Senator Jeff Brandes. “The State of Florida shouldn’t force parents to choose between leaving our state and comforting an ailing child.”
Representative Matt Gaetz (R-Fort Walton Beach) has filed the companion bill in the House, HB 843.
“The language filed today is the starting point of a conversation about how we should adjust our laws to reflect new advancements in treatment. The sponsors in the Senate and House share the goal of providing relief to Floridians in need. As these bills move through the legislative process we will continue to work with medical experts and patients to find the best option for Florida.” said Senator Bradley.