FL House Passes Medical Marijuana Bill

CBS Miami

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — The Florida House as approved bill that would allow for a strain of low-THC marijuana to be legal in the state.

Lawmakers burst into applause after the 111-7 vote that followed nearly two hours of questions and debate. In the end, some lawmakers who were torn on the issues said their hearts were swayed by the stories of parents seeking to help children with severe epilepsy.

“The compassion that was felt in the words of everyone who spoke, the sincerity of this desire to help people who need help lifted this chamber up today,” said Republican House Speaker Will Weatherford after the vote.

The bill puts some restrictions on the use of the marijuana strain known as Charlotte’s Web. It can have no more than 0.8 percent THC, the chemical that makes users feel high. On average, marijuana has about 15 percent THC, according to the National…

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