Rep. Matt Gaetz says he hopes Charlotte’s Web bill satisfies need for medical marijuana

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State Rep. Matt Gaetz hopes that the Florida Legislature passage of a bill allowing “Charlotte’s Web,” a non-euphoric cannabis extract used in the treatment of several adult and childhood diseases, will satisfy the public’s desire to legalize medical marijuana.

“I hope passage of the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act shows people we’ve done the responsible thing and that legalizing euphoric marijuana for functionally recreational purposes would be unnecessary and undesirable,” Gaetz, son of Senate President Don Gaetz, told Tom McLaughlin of

Charlotte’s Web is a form of marijuana shown to be a successful in helping children who suffer incapacitating seizures from a rare form of epilepsy.

Passed by the Senate with a wide margin, Gaetz amended the bill in the House to include treatment for adults with cancers, ALS and Parkinson’s disease.

The House bill also passed, and now awaits Gov. Rick Scott’s signature.

“I think most legislators want to be very cautious about the ways we use cannabis,” the Fort Walton Republican told the Daily News. “I think that is well-founded, given the abuse we’re seeing in some states.”

It is still unclear that the bill’s passage will lessen the enthusiasm for Amendment 2 to the state Constitution legalizing medical marijuana set for a vote in November.

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