As children who suffer from intractable epilepsy watched from the gallery, the Florida Senate voted 36-3 to allow a limited strain of medical cannabis to be legalized in the state.
The chamber immediately sent the so-called “Charlotte’s Web” bill to the House, where its fate remains uncertain as leaders there raise questions about whether an extract could be made safe enough to distribute.
For RayAnn Moseley, 11, and her parents, the bill, SB 1030, is her last best hope that she could get legitimate access to a marijuana extract that could potentially save her life. RayAnn has cerebral palsy and has suffered from intractable epilepsy, a debilitating disease that has failed to respond to surgery and a host of prescription drugs. Her mother, Holley Moseley of Gulf Breeze, told a Senate committee that their next option is a surgery to disconnect the two hemispheres of her brain “or try a natural product that’s working on children in Colorado, also known as Charlotte’s Web.”