Florida is often the butt of a joke when it comes to news; while I have never been to the Sunshine State, the place never fails to intrigue with stories that are so farfetched there is a running gag in itself whether a story comes from Germany or Florida — home of "all stories of bizarre, macabre, and just plain gross behavior." Though, I am happy to report that America's wang is getting a bit of limelight thanks to its stance on medical marijuana, despite narrowly failing at polls last year.
It might come as a bit of a surprise to hear that Florida has just begun handing out grow permits for marijuana in a place that is constantly subject to raids and responsible for millions worth of weed entering the black market every year. Though, there is a catch. Thanks to what is known as the Charlotte's Web bill, Florida officially recognized the medicinal benefit of marijuana last year.
Governor Rick Scott approved the legislation that allows for the cultivation for certain non-euphoric, low-THC (and high-CBD) strains in the treatment of a short list of ailments.
"As a father and grandfather, you never want to see kids suffer,” Scott said. “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."
Costa Nursery Farms was able to procure one of only a few permits to begin legal marijuana cultivation earlier this week. It will not be the kind of weed most users are accustomed to, but it is a step in the right direction, affirming that marijuana access is necessary for those in need.
It might seem like a throwaway gesture to regular potheads, but this movement is an essential stopgap in a conservative place. Voters will choose to pass a wider medical marijuana initiative next year, hopefully building on the success of this cultivation program.