Florida Gov. signs bill to ok use of pot strain

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Some patients in Florida are going to be able to use a strain of low-potency marijuana under a bill signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott.

Scott on Monday signed the measure that allows the use of a particular strain for epilepsy and cancer patients.

The measure passed with strong support in the Florida Legislature after legislators heard stories of children suffering from seizures who could be helped by the strain known as Charlotte's Web.

Scott, who opposes a constitutional amendment to allow the use of medical marijuana, said in a statement that he does not want to see "kids suffer."

He said in a statement that the approval of the bill will ensure that children will have the "medication needed to improve their quality of life."

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