A Florida medical marijuana bill has passed the Senate, which is the first time any marijuana legalization effort in Florida has succeeded. But will legal weed in the Sunshine State eventually allow for recreational marijuana?
In a related report by The Inquisitr, the Florida marijuana legalization efforts have the Florida Sheriff's Association claiming crime will increase:
"[T]he Florida Sheriff's Association claims the proposed state amendment is too broad in scope and may make it too easy for storefront marijuana dispensaries to sell their products to anyone, not just those are truly suffering. They are also trying to raise awareness of substance-abuse awareness and anti-drug groups to join in with their 'Don't Let Florida Go To Pot' campaign. Now the vast majority of sheriffs, or 63 out of 67, are in favor of opposing the Florida marijuana legalization efforts completely with no exceptions. The primary reason they cite for their opposition is that 'crime and traffic crashes are up in states that passed legislation legalizing marijuana.'"In this case, the proposed law that has been nicknamed Charlotte's Web only allows medical marijuana to be dispersed in a liquid form. The bill does not allow possessing normal cannabis, nor is smoking allowed, either. Doctors will only be allowed to prescribe a specific strain of marijuana which contains very low amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the chemical compound that causes people to feel the "high" normally associated with marijuana. Because of this fact, this medical marijuana could hardly be used as a form of recreational marijuana even if the worst case scenario feared by the Florida Sheriff's Association were to happen.
In addition, this type of legal weed is a non-euphoric form of medical marijuana which is intended solely for children who are suffering from life-threatening seizures, not adults or teenagers wishing to have a good time. This is because this strain contains the normal amount of Cannabidiol (CBD), which is used to treat seizures. The reason the bill was introduced in the first place was because of a girl named RayAnn Moseley, who suffers from crebral palsy and intractable epilepsy. The mother, Holley, testified before the Senate that Florida's marijuana legalization bill was the only alternative to having her little girl suffer from having surgery where the two hemispheres of her brain were physically disconnected.
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