Mon Jun 16, 2014, 03:53 PM
RainDog (28,784 posts)
Rick Scott signs "Charlotte's Web" medical mj bill
In an expected move, Gov. Rick Scott Monday signed legislation legalizing a non-euphoric strain of marijuana widely-known as Charlotte’s Web.
“The approval of Charlotte’s Web will ensure that children in Florida who suffer from seizures and other debilitating illnesses will have the medication needed to improve their quality of life,” Scott said in a news release.
The strain is low in THC, the ingredient that gives traditional marijuana users the “high” feeling associated with the drug. The strain is high in cannbidiol, which has been used to treat things like childhood epilepsy.
The forceful support of a group of conservative lawmakers was seen as both a nod to the changing perception of medical marijuana, and an attempt to stop a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize all medical marijuana.
Ahnuld decriminalized mj to try to stop the legalization Proposition in CA in 2010 before he left the gov's office.
So, the problem, for Republicans, is that Americans might choose a medicine that also elevates their mood while dealing with illness.
This is the sort of ridiculousness you get after more than a half-century of drug warrior lies.
Vote for amendment 2, Florida!
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Response to RainDog (Original post)
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 03:26 PM
djean111 (14,255 posts)
5. Well, turns out that Rick Scott signing the bill is just more cronyism......
An amended version of the Charlotte’s Web medical cannabis bill passed both branches of the Florida Legislature as of Friday, the last day of the legislative session, without any lawmaker debate regarding a curious requirement grafted onto the bill. The growers producing the low THC version of the marijuana are not required to have experience with herbs or medicinal plants of any nature, but the amendment slotted in the bill by Representative Matt Caldwell (R-Lehigh Acres) requires at least 30 years of uninterrupted operational nursery experience in Florida. The amendment also limits production to larger nurseries growing over 400,000 plants. Long quiet about whether or not he would veto the Charlotte’s Web legislation, Governor Scott announced he will sign the bill when it hits his desk.
Not too many nurseries will qualify, because many were shut down for a while by hurricanes.
The list of donors to either Caldwell or political action committees tied to Caldwell includes large agricultural interests, including a tobacco company and US Sugar. Inserting a provision in legislation encouraging medical cannabis production by a specific nursery or by tobacco or sugar interests would be politically unpopular, but doing the same thing through something such as an extraordinarily long experience requirement could do the same thing on a more secretive basis.
Response to WovenGems (Reply #6)
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 06:52 PM
RainDog (28,784 posts)
7. Do you mean Dylan Watson?
When I read the regulations, based upon conservative politicians' fears - I just see how stupid you have to be to get elected for office in too many places in this nation.
Idiocracy on display in relation to this issue.