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Local family celebrates legalizing of Charlotte's Web bill
A local family's is celebrating today, after Governor Rick Scott signed a bill legalizing "compassionate cannabis" on Monday.
The bill will now legalize Charlotte's Web, a strain of marijuana used to treat illnesses like epilepsy.
"I stand with Ray Ann." That's a hash tag we've seen all over Twitter and Facebook. A local family came up with it because their daughter has dravet syndrome and they wanted to see Senate Bill 1030 the Charlotte's Web bill pass. Monday, Governor Rick Scott signed it.
Charlotte's Web is high in CBD, an ingredient that controls seizures.
And it's low in THC which is what creates a high when the plant is ingested.
The strain of marijuana is in oil form and typically put on food.
Governor Rick Scott had until June 20th to sign the bill.
Peyton Moseley, "It's definitely comforting to have him sign it as oppose to let him sit on it and let it pass without his signature."
Peyton and Holly Moseley's daughter Ray Ann has several hundred seizures a month and they say her seizures are starting to increase.
"Even the kids are now like mom Ray Ann is having a seizure it's like no big deal anymore. Which it is a big deal it's brain cells that are dying, so we're just ready for that to not be our normal."
Having the Governor sign the bill is a small victory.
Now, it's up to the state to figure out how to regulate the "compassionate cannabis".
"It's very important that the kids not only get this product, but they get a safe and effective product, so the rules and regulations portion of this is very important."
The State Department of Health has until January 1st to set up 5 dispensaries across the state.
And only a few nurseries may be approved to grow the strain of cannabis.
"Right now there are two or three nurseries in the Panhandle that qualify under the current guidelines of the bill. The closest one is in the Tallahassee area, so to get Charlotte's Web for Ray Ann there is a possibility we would either have to travel or relocate."
But the Moseley's say fighting for the legalization has been worth every second.
Not only for their daughter but other children across the state.
Holly Moseley, "Time will tell. But, I just know that she has so much ahead of her and after seeing the success come out of Colorado I just know that she will have that success."
So how do the Moseley's plan on celebrating this victory? By tagging the Graffiti Bridge.