United for Care applauds passage of “Charlotte’s Web” pot-extract bill

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Medical marijuana advocates United for Care are congratulating the Florida House on passing the bill legalizing “Charlotte’s Web,” the marijuana extract used to help reduce seizures in children suffering from a rare form of epilepsy.

United for Care is the leading group encouraging voters to approve Amendment 2, which will allow the medical use of marijuana in Florida, expressed its approval of Thursday’s bill passage in a prepared statement.

“This is great news for tens of thousands of patients across Florida who are that much closer to receiving the medicine they need to dramatically improve their health,” said United for Care Campaign Manager Ben Pollara.

The bill is now on Gov. Rick Scott’s desk. If Scott does sign it, the new law will permit the use of a strain of marijuana that is high in a non-euphoric compound called Cannabidiol, or CBD, and is low in THC, the main psychoactive compound in marijuana.

“Although this is a significant step forward for our cause,” Pollara added. “The only complete and permanent solution for all those Floridians who need cannabis to relieve their symptoms from a wide range of debilitating conditions will be the approval of Amendment 2 by voters in November.”

“We are happy to hear that Governor Scott plans to sign this bill, it is the right thing to do for all those families that have been looking forward to this moment for so long.”

The non-partisan United for Care has now over 10,000 volunteers in 18 communities across the state, making it the largest organization in Florida urging voters to vote “yes” on Amendment 2.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.