Progress slow for those waiting on Florida medical marijuana

The low-potency marijuana allowed under the Compassionate Cannabis Act of 2014 is not getting to patients and that has key supporters in the Legislature frustrated.

“We passed a law to respond to concerns from suffering families and we look up here a couple years later and we still do not have the relief promised to those families,” Sen. Rob Bradley said during a recent hearing of the Regulated Industries Committee. “I find that particularly frustrating and I am sorry to those families that we are not there yet.”

The Charlotte’s Web strain can’t be smoked. It is low in tetrhydrocannabinol (THC), which produces the euphoria-like state for users, but is high in cannabidiol (CBD) which has been effective in preventing seizures.

Getting low-THC marijuana to families covered is just one of many medical marijuana issues before the Legislature in its ongoing session, which runs through March 11. There is an expansion of the Right to Try bill, which would allow patients with terminal illnesses to use high-potency strains of marijuana, and an ongoing push for a medical marijuana constitutional amendment.

Lawmakers expected medical marijuana to be available to families by early 2015. In hindsight, that timetable was not feasible because Florida was trying to create and set up rules to regulate a new industry. Many have lauded the Department of Health and Office of Compassionate Use for dealing with a set of difficult circumstances.

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