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Medical Marijuana Bill Clears First Hurdle In House

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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — A bill that would legalize low-THC marijuana for medical use cleared its first hurdle in the Florida House.

The Criminal Justice Subcommittee approved the bill on Wednesday. It would allow doctors to prescribe a strain of marijuana known as “Charlotte’s Web” that contains low amounts of THC, which causes users to feel high.

The marijuana does contain normal amounts of CBD, which is used to treat seizures.

The committee heard from several parents who pleaded with them to approve the bill so they can help their children. The marijuana would be converted into a liquid form for medical use.

It marks the first time any legislative committee has approved medical marijuana in any form. Republican Rep. Gayle Harrell was the only member to vote against it.

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