2014 has been a big year for CBD-only legislation. States that aren't normally associated with medical marijuana reform efforts have passed CBD-only medical marijuana legislation. These states include Utah and South Carolina. You can now add Florida to that list. Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a CBD-only bill into law on Monday. Per Reuters:
Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a law on Monday allowing for the limited use of a special strain of marijuana to treat epileptic seizures and other diseases.
State lawmakers passed the measure this spring with bipartisan support after impassioned appeals from parents seeking access to the form of marijuana known as "Charlotte's Web," named for a Colorado girl whose epileptic seizures have shown some response to the drug.
While CBD-only legislation helps some suffering patients, it's a far cry from real medical marijuana reform. CBD is mostly associated with helping people who suffer from epileptic seizures. However, CBD medicine only helps those patients who can actually get their hands on it, which is proving difficult in states that have passed CBD-only legislation.
Florida deserves a real medical marijuana program. A real medical marijuana program allows possession of the entire marijuana plant, and allows cultivation and safe access. The recently signed Florida legislation only helps a very limited number of patients, as most conditions do not qualify to become a medical marijuana patient. Every suffering patient in Florida needs medicine. If you live in Florida, and believe in having a real medical marijuana program, support United for Care and their Amendment 2 campaign. You can find out more about the campaign at this link here.