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Matt Gaetz makes move on medical marijuana

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Lawmakers are blazing at least three trails in an attempt to make medical marijuana available in Florida. The latest effort comes Wednesday when state Rep. Matt Gaetz will try to amend HB 269, the Right to Try Act, to allow terminally ill patients to use marijuana under certain conditions. The measure filed by state Rep. Ray Pilon establishes the framework to enable doctors to use investigational drugs, biological products or devices to treat patients expected to die within a year of…

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Bill Day’s latest: Charlotte’s Web and the political snake pit

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To bring much-needed pain relief to Floridians who suffer from a variety of ailments, medical marijuana supporters must first navigate a “snake pit” of state politics, according to today’s Bill Day editorial cartoon. Hopefully, Florida citizens will not be the ones to get bit. The Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act, signed by Gov. Rick Scott last June, calls for the creation of a state framework to provide medically needy patients with a strain of marijuana – known as Charlotte’s Web. Extract…

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