Yesterday Rick Scott signed Senate Bill 1030, or Charlotte's Web, into law. The law allows the use of a certain strain of medical marijuana to treat cases of epilepsy and a few other diseases.
Legislators were at first reluctant over the bill. The GOP fought to keep a medical marijuana initiative off the ballot in November, fearing that it would lead to more voters on the Democratic side along with young people. Polls show a majority of Floridians favor the Amendment. When enough signatures were obtained to put the initiative on the ballot, Republican legislators had a sudden "change of heart" and passed the bill in the hopes that voters would assume there was no need for further medical marijuana laws, and possibly keeping those voters from the polls after all.
This put Scott in a position of signing a bill he's opposed to. He's publicly stated he's against medical marijuana. Yesterday when he signed Charlott's Web into law, he reasoned it this way:
"As a father and grandfather, you never want to see kids suffer," Scott said in a statement. "The approval of Charlotte's Web will ensure that children in Florida who suffer from seizures and other debilitating illnesses will have the medication needed to improve their quality of life."
This from the governor who has tried to block the Affordable Care Act and who was successful in blocking Medicaid expansion.