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Jonathan Scheinman

Charlotte’s Web of Words: What would you do?

Last month, we took part in an educational meet and greet for the “Florida Compassionate Medical Care Act of 2014” at our local library. The law authorizes physicians to order low THC cannabis for use by specified patients. The cannabis is converted into a medical hemp oil or cannabidiol (CBD) most popularly known as Charlotte’s Web. The resulting product has no psychoactive effect which is commonly associated with marijuana. It has shown to be extremely effective in reducing seizures.

Holley Moseley, the mom who worked tirelessly to help move the bill to passage in Florida, presented the status of the law and where it is in the process. For those who are new to the law, it was passed in July 2014 and is slated to take effect in January 2015. The law opens the door to bring a life saving option to children in Florida who have severe epilepsy causing intractable seizures. Unfortunately, the lottery system that will select nurseries in Florida to grow Charlotte’s Web is now being challenged in court. A handful of growers think the lottery system is illegal. From a business and safety perspective, I understand their concerns. Their issue focuses on making sure the product is the best it can be. But one has to wonder. Is it all about the money or bogging down the law in the courts to maintain the status quo?

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