Florida Senate passes bill to legalize strain of marijuana to treat seizures

Florida Senate passes bill to legalize strain of marijuana to treat seizures

Published on Apr 29, 2014

Florida Senate passes bill to legalize strain of marijuana to treat seizures

As an 11-year-old Panhandle girl who helped change the minds of leery lawmakers looked on, the Senate overwhelmingly approved a proposal Monday legalizing a strain on marijuana that could stop life-threatening seizures in children with a rare form of epilepsy. Saying the goal is to legalize a limited strain of marijuana for 'compassionate use' the Florida Senate overwhelmingly approves a bill to open the door to distribution of a cannabis extract.

For RayAnn Moseley, 11, and her parents, the bill, SB 1030, is her last best hope that she could get legitimate access to a marijuana extract that could potentially save her life.

RayAnn has cerebral palsy and has suffered from intractable epilepsy, a debilitating disease that has failed to respond to surgery and a host of prescription drugs. Her mother, Holley Moseley of Gulf Breeze, told a Senate committee that their next option is a surgery to disconnect the two hemispheres of her brain "or try a natural product that's working on children in Colorado, also known as Charlotte's Web.''

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