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Power Of A Few: How The Florida Legislature’s View Of Medical Marijuana Has Turned Around

Nancy Smith A year ago it was the pro-medical-marijuana folks who were slinking into silence. In a period of three months, a handful of legislators and victims’ families have state lawmakers, law enforcers and at least some medical doctors on the same page, cheering for cures, looking at a reality that says,there is benefit in medical marijuana. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, chairman of the Criminal Justice Subcommittee and sponsor of House medical marijuana bill, gives the lion’s share of the credit to his cosponsor, Rep. Katie Edwards, D-Plantation. “Rep. Edwards can be annoyingly persistent,” Gaetz said, explaining why he came to sponsor the House CBD medical marijuana bill. “She pestered me with emails every day for about three months.” Edwards had a medical marijuana bill ready to go as the 2013 legislative session began, but it went nowhere — never got a hearing. After that, she leaned into research on the Internet, looked at the studies, assessed what and where there were results. She had promised constituents with sick children answers. Gaetz and Edwards together have given the legislative push a bipartisan flavor.
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