Some patients in Florida are going to be able to use a strain of low-potency marijuana under a bill signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott.
Scott on Monday signed the measure that allows the use of a particular strain for epilepsy and cancer patients.
The measure passed with strong support in the Florida Legislature after legislators heard stories of children suffering from seizures who could be helped by the strain known as Charlotte's Web.
"By Governor Scott acknowledging the fact that cannabis is medicine, there's legitimacy now," said Renee Petro, an outspoken Bay-Area mother whose 12-year-old son suffers from severe seizures.
Scott said he does not want to see "kids suffer," but added he opposes the passage of an amendment in November that would allow medical marijuana for a broad range of conditions.
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"I've watched the problem of illegal drug use. I've watched alcoholism. I've seen how that impacts families, so I can't support that," Gov. Scott said.
Some parents of children with conditions covered under "Charlotte's Web" consider this a first step, but are cautiously optimistic.
"It feels like it's a step in the right direction- like reform is coming- but I don't want to kid myself," Petro said. "I know that there's a long road ahead of us."
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