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Charlotte’s Web marijuana strain OK’d by House by epilepsy, cancer patients

by John Kennedy | May 1st, 2014

Following emotional debate, the House voted 111-7 to approve legislation Thursday authorizing the use of a marijuana strain for treating patients with cancer and severe epilepsy.

The Senate is poised Friday — the two-month session’s final scheduled day — to endorse the move. The House sponsor of the measure (CS/SB 1030) Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Shalimar, urged parents of children with Dravet Syndrome, looking on in the audience, to now work on Gov. Rick Scott.

Scott’s surgeon general, John Armstrong, has cautioned against the legislation saying the effects of the so-called Charlotte’s Web strain is untested.

“Get eyeball-to-eyeball with him,” Gaetz said on the House floor. “Move his heart the way you’ve moved ours.”

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