By JAVIER MANJARRESIt appears that children suffering from chronic seizures could gain legal access to medical marijuana in an oral form under a landmark bi-partisan legislation co- sponsored by Democrat State Representative Katie Edwards and Republican State Representative .Matt Gaetz. This form of marijuana doesn’t get you high, but provides relief to kids with serious medical problems in other states.
“Even if the court upholds the [ballot] language and they get the required number of signatures and it passes, the Legislature still has to get involved to implement the will of the voters,” Edwards said. “The bottom line is, the Legislature has to get involved at some point.” Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, says he will lead a workshop discussion Jan. 9 on whether Florida should decriminalize certain strains of marijuana that have no euphoric effect but have been shown to halt seizures. “We need to get feedback from law enforcement, prosecutors, parents and doctors,” said Gaetz, chairman of the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee. “I’m willing to entertain the discussion and we’ll see where it goes from there.” Edwards says lawmakers at the very least should learn more about how Charlotte’s Web could help children in Florida, as it has in Colorado. “It’s a glimmer of hope for these families,” Edwards said. “They look at something like Charlotte’s Web and wonder why we can’t do that in Florida. The bottom line is that we need to allow researchers to have access to cannabis so that they may study the strains of CBD and develop safe and effective medications in a pill, topical or oil form.”-Sun Sentinel