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Sun Jun 30, 2019, 07:16 AM

Ron DeSantis signs bill legalizing cannabis drug for epileptic kids

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday signed into law a bill expressly allowing a drug for child epilepsy patients that contains CBD, a ‘non-euphoric’ chemical from cannabis.

The Governor approved the measure (HB 7107) without comment. It applies to a drug known as Epidiolex, the “first FDA-approved drug that contains a purified substance derived from marijuana” and is used to treat seizures in children.

The bill, passed unanimously by both chambers this Session, specifically changes the drug’s classification in state law from a Schedule I substance to Schedule V.

The former means a “high potential for abuse, with no accepted medical use, and high potential for addiction,” while the latter means a “low potential for abuse, an accepted medical use, and a mild potential for addiction,” according to a staff analysis.

Read more: https://floridapolitics.com/archives/300085-desantis-cannabis-drug-epileptic-kids

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