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Charlotte’s Web bill sails through first House committee

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House Bill 843, the bill widely referred to as “Charlotte’s Web,” this morning passed its first committee of reference in the Florida House of Representatives. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Matt Gaetz and Rep. Katie Edwards, passed the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee by a 11-1 vote. Rep. Gayle Harrell was the only dissenting vote.

“We are so grateful to the members of the committee who took the time to meet with us, hear our story, and place their support behind a bill that will mean a better life for our daughter and our family,” said Holley Moseley, co-founder of Caring 4 Florida and mother of an 11-year-old girl with epilepsy. “With today’s passage, we have been given a tremendous amount of hope.”

The bill will still need to pass the House Judiciary and the House Appropriations committees before it heads to the House floor for a vote.