Gov. Rick Scott Signs Bill Legalizing Charlotte's Web

Jun 16, 2014

Gov. Rick Scott signed off on Charlotte's Web legislation.
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A Florida bill legalizing Charlotte's Web, a strain of low-THC marijuana used to treat severe illnesses in children, was approved today by Gov. Rick Scott. 

Advocates say Charlotte's Web benefits children who suffer from a number of chronic medical conditions, particularly epilepsy. 

"The approval of Charlotte’s Web will ensure that children in Florida who suffer from seizures and other debilitating illnesses will have the medication needed to improve their quality of life," Scott was quoted saying in a press release.

Scott also touched on his role as a dad, saying: "As a father and a grandfather, you never want to see kids suffer." 

The bills that were signed--Senate Bill 1030 and 1700--approve the Charlotte's Web medication and secure patient information in the compassionate use registry.