Ron Watson forms lobbying firm, takes on Charlotte’s Web and more

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Ron Watson, a name widely known in legislative circles for his work with various other health care associations, will be seen a lot more in the coming months.

Now on his own and president of Watson Strategies, Ron will be advocating for a wide range of regulatory and legislative issues with the same focus and determination he has become known for delivering.

Notably, one of Watson’s first endeavors is close to his heart: support of a legislative initiative to legalize Charlotte’s Web, a strain of marijuana that alleviates symptoms for people suffering with various conditions but which does not produce the euphoric high associated with more common forms of the drug.

“I want to help suffering children and desperate parents with compassionate care. Because I know, all too well, what watching a child suffering is all about after losing Dylan, my 8 year old son to Leukemia,” Watson said. “These desperate parents should not be made into criminals, in my opinion, nor should they have to move out of state to get their children treatment.”

Watson began his legislative career with four years at the Department of Professional Regulation beginning in 1991, followed by twenty years as a health care lobbyist. He spent five years with Winn and Associates, five years as Director of Governmental Affairs for the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association, another four years with the Florida Medical Association, followed by over ten years as senior lobbyist with the Florida Dental Association. In all of these roles, Watson has handled substantial fundraising and political action committee management, in addition to session-time legislative activities.

With Watson on its side, the Charlotte’s Web initiative certainly will not be hurting for passion or expertise.

“My goal is to educate, organize, and God willing, properly implement,” Watson shared. “I am proud of the Florida legislature for taking the first step in that direction.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.