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Rick Scott signs 'Charlotte's Web' medical pot bill



As promised, Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill that legalizes the use of a non-euphoric strain of marijuana to treat certain medical conditions like childhood epilepsy. He signed Senate Bill 1030, which approves the medication, and SB 1700, which protects the identifies of the patients who use it, today.

"As a father and grandfather, you never want to see kids suffer," Scott said in a statement. "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."

Despite this legislation that is now state law, there is still a larger medical marijuana debate that will be held later this year in Florida. Voters will be asked to weigh in on Amendment 2, a much broader medical pot referendum.

Scott has said in the past that he personally opposes legalizing medical marijuana but will leave the issue to voters.

The governor's office also announced today that he approved  HB 697, which bans six new synthetic drugs.

[Last modified: Monday, June 16, 2014 2:00pm]


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