New pot law starting to take effect

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- What words come to mind when you think of marijuana? Smoke? High? Illegal? Well, two more may soon be added -- legal and lifesaver.

Paige Figi reflects on how medical marijuana helped her child.

"We really didn't think she'd live much longer," she said.

The Florida "Charlotte's Web" law is now named after her child who suffered from seizures. Governor Rick Scott recently signed the bill which legalizes a low-THC strain of the drug.

Figi shared her story at a Florida Department of Health workshop discussing the law.

"The word is out that this is a new seizure treatment and so I feel an obligation and a responsibility to try and get this accessed in Florida for the children."

At the Monday workshop, health officials listened to different testimony about how the new law should be carried out - such as who should be able to dispense the drug. Some pharmacists think they should.

"They're the ones who look at all the drugs, what they do after they come to and ensure that the patients respond well to them," Uri Bloch with Innovation Industries.

Holley Moseley was inspired by the story of Charlotte. She hopes their 11-year-old daughter will be able to benefit from the drug soon in Florida.

"We tried everything and yet there's a treatment, a plant that's working and it's curing these children," Moseley said.

Most speakers at the meeting agreed with the law. Even a group opposing the November ballot vote to lower the restrictions of medical marijuana use agree with this law. The issue now, is how it should be used.

"The rule workshop is designed to allow feedback from those who have an interest in this issue," said Nathan Dunn, the communications director for the DOH.

The department will take Monday's feedback and consider it when trying to figure out how to implement the law.


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