With bipartisan support Florida’s House Criminal Justice Subcommittee has voted in favor of House Bill 843, a proposal to legalize cannabis extracts – such as cannabis oil – that’s low in THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and high in CBD (cannabidiol).
The proposal, which was introduced by Republican Representative Matt Gaetz, was passed with an 11 to 1 vote.
If approved into law, cannabis extract which contains 0.5% or less THC, and 15% or more CBD, would be no longer be legally considered “cannabis”, making its possession and usage legal.
“We have evidence of benefits,” says Republican state Representative Cary Pigman, an emergency room physician. “We have no evidence of harm.”
The measure now goes to the House Appropriations Committee. A companion bill in the Senate – Senate Bill 1030 – currently awaits a hearing in its initial committee.