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Florida Patients May Finally Receive Charlotte’s Web in 2016


Almost a year ago, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed the Charlotte’s Web Bill into law legalizing a non-euphoric strain of marijuana for medical use. As of now, patients have not been able to receive it as a treatment.

Charlotte’s Web has been held up by legal challenges and bureaucratic, rigamarole. Supporters and potential suppliers are hopeful that medicine from the strain will arrive in Florida in late 2015 or early 2016. The legislature passed the law last year while an effort to pass a more wide-ranging but ultimately failed medical marijuana ballot initiative in Florida was underway.

This infamous strain is known for it’s low amounts of THC and high amounts of CBD. Medicine made from this strain of marijuana are most known for helping control the symptoms of seizures.

The bill states that the marijuana would be grown and distributed to the Florida Department of Health, and they are expected to begin the process of granting state-wide licenses to nurseries to cultivate the strain.

Growing the pot would take about eight weeks, and then a few more weeks to actually process it into a non-smokable oil, meaning he doesn’t expect patients to receive the product until around April of next year.

According to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, the regulations are expected to become final on June 17. At that point the Department of Health will begin accepting applications from potential growers. Those applications are due by July 8, and the recipients of the license will be notified on August 8.

To prescribe Charlotte’s Web, doctors will need to go through an 8-hour online training course. Only about 30 doctors in the entire state have so far met that requirement.

If you live in Florida, please take a moment to contact your Florida legislators about this important Bill. Let them know that you support it. It is encouraged that you submit a personalized letter if you or a loved one could benefit from the legal access of medical marijuana.

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One response to "Florida Patients May Finally Receive Charlotte’s Web in 2016"

  1. Evelin's Camacho Jun 18, 2015 at 04:35

    This article was very informative! The timeline to access in Florida helps me understand a bit of the process and how it may play out in my state. Moreover, the importance of citizen contact with legislators is abundantly clear as a mechanism to facilitate the implementation process. I will definitely be contacting my local authorities! Thanks for keeping us informed.


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