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11-year-old arrives to send message to Senate on medical marijuana

Photo (13)In the broad array of rhetoric employed by Florida’s legislators during a regular session, it is not often a bill can truthfully be considered lifesaving. For RayAnn Moseley, 11, and her parents, the vote in the Florida Senate on SB 1030 on Monday is her last best hope that she could get legitimate access to a marijuana extract in Florida that could potentially save her life.

"We've told her we are here to get her new medicine,'' says Holley Moseley, her mom.

RayAnn has cerebral palsy and has suffered from intractable epilepsy, a debilitating disease that often takes children before their 20th birthday.

Her parents, Holley and Peyton Moseley of Gulf Breeze, have spent the last four months urging Florida lawmakers to find a way to make a special strain of marijuana available to their daughter and children like it. The measure is expected to pass the Senate but faces a steep hurdle in the House where leaders are not prepared to take up the bill as they quietly believe that Florida cannot make the extract available safely.