Editorial: The cure, not the cash

We’ve celebrated Florida’s rightful passage of the Charlotte’s Web bill that Gov. Scott signed into law. The legislation legalizes the non-euphoric strain of medical marijuana that promises remarkable healing for thousands of kids in Florida like our own RayAnn Moseley who suffer from intractable epilepsy and life-threatening seizures.

On Monday, the Department of Health began the process of making the rules under which the strain can be legally grown and distributed in the state of Florida. Such rule-making hearings are traditionally lackluster affairs. This one, however, was standing room only.

The Miami Herald’s Mary Ellen Klas reported that the crowd “was chock full of some of Tallahassee’s most prominent lobbyists as well as growers from Israel, Colorado and California and farmers from throughout the state.”

This simple law for a simple cure has sparked a rush of business interests who see vast opportunity in getting in on the ground floor of a brand new industry in our state. Bluntly put, the lobbyists and growers smell money. And that’s not inherently a bad thing.

Opportunities for profit are the natural offspring of laws that remove the burden of government and extend greater personal freedom and liberty to citizens. With Florida’s climate, we should be a major natural producer of an agricultural product that’s widespread legality — state by state by state — appears inevitable.

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