Lawmakers extol virtues of medical pot

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A bipartisan trio of state lawmakers is convinced the initiative to bring medical marijuana to Florida will pass in the fall, but they are intent on passing legislation this session that would legalize a marijuana-based extract for children with epilepsy.

In a panel discussion Monday, Democrats Sen. Jeff Clemens and Rep. Katie Edwards were joined by Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz to pledge a push for passage of so-called Charlotte's Web, a non-intoxicating oil extracted from the marijuana plant.

The legislators say that putting in place infrastructure for distribution of the oil will help the state prepare for handling the logistics of medicinal marijuana, which would go into place in 2015 if voters approve in November.

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