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Updated: 07/11/2014 09:24:03AM

Medical marijuana is topic for State Rep

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Pictured, left to right, are Sara Carnes Costello, Nurse Practitioner Florida Hospital; State Representative Cary Pigman; Libby Maxwell, District Secretary; Lake Placid Noon Rotary Club president C.B Brewer; Bryan Mielke, Assistant to Rep. Pigman


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State Representative Dr. Cary Pigman spoke about the Charlotte’s Web bill which legalizes strains of marijuana for medical use. That variety of maijuana is high in cannabidiol, or CBD, but low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound that produces a high.

An estimated 125,000 children in Florida suffer from severe epilepsy and their families lobbied hard to persuade reluctant legislators to open the door to limited use, Pigman said. It also could be used by adults. Authorized patients will be allowed access to the drug through oil or vapor form, but it may not be smoked.

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