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'Charlotte's Web,' Synthetic Drug Ban Among Bills Gov. Scott Signed Monday

MGN Online

Governor Rick Scott signed three more bills into law Monday. It includes a measure that bans six new additional synthetic drugs as part of Attorney General’s Pam Bondi’s war on synthetic drug abuse. Bondi’s spokeswoman Jenn Meale says it now makes it a third degree felony to possess or sell those substances.

“In addition to banning six additional substances, it added three extremely lethal synthetic compounds, which are commonly on the street called ‘Molly,’ to the trafficking statute which increases penalties. Attorney General Pam Bondi is grateful to Governor Rick Scott and the Legislature for their support of this key public safety bill,” said Meale.

Scott also signed the so-called "Charlotte’s web" bill into law. It’s a measure that would allow doctors to prescribe a low strain of marijuana to help treat seizures, like in cases of epilepsy. The other measure is a public records exemption for patients and physicians who prescribe the marijuana.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.