It seems Florida may be coming around after all. Advocates for medical marijuana are gathering signatures to get a referendum on the fall ballot. Considering recent polls put 82% of Floridians supporting medical marijuana, it will only be a matter of time before lawmakers have no choice but to oblige the will of the people. After all, that is who they are supposed to be answering to, right?
Moreover, it is looking like the Florida legislature will be making moves to legalize medical marijuana use for a specific demographic much sooner than any of the other pending legislation -- and that's for children with severe seizure disorders. A high-CBD strain called Charlotte's Web has been having great success in treating such illnesses in children and it is a shame that any child would be barred from the life-saving medication. Charlotte Figi suffers from Dravet Syndrome, and in one of the most highly publicized cases in America, her parents fought to get her the needed medication. The result was a drop from nearly 300 seizures a week to "almost 100% seizure-free" her mother, Paige Figi, explains. Paige is in Tallahassee, Florida testifying at a legislative hearing -- somewhere young Charlotte can't travel because her medication is not allowed to cross state lines.
Families are even going so far as to buy houses in Colorado to get the treatment for their families. "I don't want to break the law," Cory Browning, a north Florida lawyer, said. "I have a law license to protect. If I have to, our only option may be to send my wife and daughter to Colorado."
Let's just hope the Florida lawmakers continue serving the interest of their residents and pass the needed legislation.