Gov. Scott to sign 'Charlotte's Web' medical marijuana bill - FOX 35 News Orlando

Gov. Scott to sign 'Charlotte's Web' medical marijuana bill

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ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) - Florida Governor Rick Scott says he will sign a bill that will allow for some patients in Florida to get marijuana therapy using a drug called "Charlotte's Web" that does not contain enough THC to get a patient high. 

The governor normally does not tip his hand on what he will do with bills that land on his desk, but he had no problem talking about SB 1030 that passed in the final days of session.

"As a parent and a grandparent, I always worry about any family, making sure if they're suffering they get the health care they need. My goal on that is to make this safe for children. I plan on signing that bill. I worry about these children getting the health care they need."

Charlotte's Web is a special strain of marijuana that has normal amounts of a substance called cannabidiol, or CBD. The substance has been effective in treating some patients, particularly children that have uncontrollable seizures.  Other patients with debilitating diseases could also get a doctor to prescribe this treatment, but the requirements are very stringent.

The Charlotte's Web strain does not contain enough THC to get a user high, and the drug would only be available in oil form, not in a form that could be smoked. Only one grower will be permitted in five regions that will be designated by the state. Central Florida will be one of those regions.

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