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Intersection: Medical Marijuana In Florida


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Patients, doctors and growers are urging the Florida Department of Health to set new rules for the use of non-euphoric medical marijuana as soon as possible. Photo: Creative Commons.

Photo: Creative Commons.

Florida is one of 23 states with laws that allow patients to access medical marijuana. The so-called Charlotte’s Web law was enacted last year, allowing some patients- including those who suffer from seizures- access to low THC medical marijuana. But more than a year on, those patients still haven’t been able to use the drug. So what’s the hold up?

90.7’s health reporter Abe Aboraya has the latest on access to medical marijuana in Florida. Then, Rob Holl talks about what Charlotte’s Web means to him. His daughter Megan suffers from seizures and needs total care, and Holl has signed her up to try low THC medical marijuana once it becomes available.

Florida lawmakers are also weighing other legislation to expand the kind of marijuana available,  and proponents are trying again to get a constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana on the ballot, but Drug Free America Foundation says that would be a mistake. The Foundation’s executive director Calvina Fay talks about her concerns about medical marijuana.

 

 


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Matthew Peddie

About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

A recent transplant to the Sunshine State, Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of ... Read Full Bio »

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