Charlotte’s Web Medicinal Marijuana
While we all sit on our hands and wait to see if either the legislature or the general-election voting public in 2016 will actually legalize medicinal marijuana, the wayward weaving of the already approved Charlotte’s Web strain of cannabis – the legislature approved the low-THC for children in 2014 – continues to be a source of regulatory confusion. At issue, beyond the fact that only five nurseries will be allowed to cultivate and dispense the medicine in Florida, is the fact that the law doesn’t mitigate the differences between state and federal laws on illegal drugs.
Last week, according to political website Saint Petersblog, Director of the Office of Compassionate Use Patricia Nelson negotiated for a mind-numbing 25 hours with advocates, growers and medical professionals in order to come up with a new set of guidelines to make Charlotte’s Web really happen. The gist of the outcome is that there will be a new scorecard to determine which nurseries will get to become growers, rather than just a lottery. But the sticking point that remains is whether nurseries can operate as dual entities – dispensaries and nurseries. Nelson chided the growers who thought they should be able to bifurcate, despite a November legal ruling to the contrary.
“The agency does not encourage me to do something that I feel is not legal,” she said. “I cannot fix what is a conundrum by doing something that is invalid. I cannot do it.”
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