Florida Governor Signs Bill Approving Use of Low-THC Medical Cannabis

Posted on July 01, 2014 by Jeffrey Feiler

Florida State Governor Rick Scott has signed the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014 (SB 1030), which allows restricted use of low-THC cannabis, commonly called "Charlotte's Web," for medical purposes. THC is a plant of the cannabis genus, whose dried flowers contain 0.8% or less of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and over 10% of cannabidiol (CBD). The seeds, resin or any compound or derivative of this plant will be dispensed only by an authorized organization, as specified in the bill: with only five in the entire state. Florida nursery owners with 30 or more continuous years of proven operation will be allowed to cultivate this specific strain of cannabis, under strict state regulations.

This type of cannabis receives its common name of "Charlotte's Web" from Charlotte Figi, who is described as the girl who is changing medical marijuana laws across America. The usage of the low-THC strain of cannabis to successfully combat her epileptic seizures (which have lowered to the minimum) has made the Colorado girl the face of medical marijuana. The strain named after her and now ratified in Florida is high on CBD, a cannabis compound with medical properties but no psychoactivity; also, it is low on THC, the compound that generates psychoactivity in users. In other words, Florida's newly approved cannabis bill will not be giving a high to anyone in the Sunshine State.

SB 1030 bill allows patients suffering from cancer and conditions that result in chronic seizures or severe muscle spasms to use medical marijuana for their ailments, after authorization from a Florida-licensed physician (M.D. or D.O.), when the medical doctor deems there are no other satisfactory alternative treatment options for said patients.
It will be considered a criminal misdemeanor when a physician orders low-THC cannabis for a patient without reasonable belief in said patient's need for the prescription within the qualifying conditions; also, any person who represents themselves as having a qualifying condition without it being the case to obtain an order for low-THC cannabis, will also be incurring in a criminal misdemeanor.

While the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014 is a small measure, it's a strong first step toward the legalization of medical marijuana use in Florida. We're still months away from the November Florida constitutional vote that would establish a wider array of spectrums if passed. In the meantime, we'll start seeing the benefits of even small controlled dosages in our state.

Jeffrey Feiler Law Firm is a well-established Miami Criminal Lawyer and Miami DUI Lawyer with vast experience. Mr. Feiler and the Feiler Law Firm have broadened their field to also include informed, case-specific legal advice on the subject of Medical Marijuana under Florida State Law.

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