Winter Haven, Florida – Gov. Rick Scott is expected to sign a bill passed by the Florida Senate that would legalize Charlotte's Web, a low-THC marijuana used to treat epilepsy and cancer patients.
The Florida Sheriff's Association (FSA) once opposed the bill, but later threw its support behind it.
Organization head Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said the group changed its mind on the Charlotte's Web bill, because it believes the bigger problem is the legalizing medical marijuana initiative.
"The idea behind Charlotte's Web is high CBD content and virtually no THC, which is the intoxicant," said Sheriff Judd.
FSA has launched a campaign to get residents to vote "No" on legalizing medical marijuana.
Sheriff Judd told 10 News there are many concerns with any changes to Amendment 2, but a major contention is the possibility that teens could get a medical marijuana card. But Ben Pollara with pro-medical marijuana group, United for Care, insists that there are laws on the books to prevent that from happening.
"There doesn't need to be parental consent requirement because that's already in Florida law and Florida medical ethics code," he said.
John Morgan, the Orlando-based attorney who launched the initiative to get medical marijuana on the ballot, did not seem overly concerned with the challenge from the FSA.
"I have a high respect for our [Orange County] sheriff and I have a high respect for Grady Judd," said Morgan. "I don't believe that they're going to have any financial strength behind them."
As for Judd, he thinks that the legalization of medical marijuana is just the first step.
"Come on… we were born in the morning but it wasn't yesterday. This is not about medical marijuana. It's about legalizing marijuana," he said.
Florida resident will voice their decision on the future of medical marijuana at the polls on Nov. 4.
- Don't Let Florida Go to Pot campaign website
- Attorney John Morgan's campaign to legalize medical marijuana