A medical marijuana nonprofit group founded by a couple who led efforts to pass a Florida law legalizing a non-psychoactive form of medicinal pot are partnering with a Colorado-based outfit specializing in non-euphoric cannabis treatments. Caring 4 Florida, founded by Peyton and Holly Moseley, has merged with Realm of Caring. The new company, Realm of Caring Florida, will be a statewide resource for families interested in Charlotte’s Web, a strain of medical marijuana that is rich in cannibidiol, or CBD, while having almost no euphoria-inducing tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC.
The CBD strain has proven to greatly improve the lives of patients suffering from chronic epilepsy, like RayAnn Moseley, Peyton’s and Holly’s daughter. The husband and wife team were instrumental in convincing Florida lawmakers to pass the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014 in June. The law will legalize treatment derived from medical marijuana for certain patients when it takes effect on Jan. 1, 2015.
The Moseley’s are teaming up with the Colorado growers who created Charlotte’s Web, according to the Pensacola News Journal. Since Gov. Rick Scott signed the law, regulators have been rushing to put in place the necessary rules and infrastructure so that physicians can begin recommending medical marijuana treatments for patients.
The Journal says Holley Moseley will head the newly formed Realm of Caring Florida. Her main goal is to educate the public and doctors on the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014 and the benefits of CBD treatment.
“Number one is education,” she told the Journal. “Our key focus is for the patient, family members and physicians. We just want to help educate the public on this so come Jan. 1, everyone is ready.”
Her husband sold his landscaping business and went to work for Ray of Hope 4 Florida, a for-profit company which will partner with one of five nurseries statewide to cultivate and process the marijuana. The law only grants five licenses for CBD marijuana production and only about four dozen state nurseries are qualified to compete.
Holly explained that she and her husband are following a similar model in Colorado, in which a profit side produces and dispenses medical marijuana, while the non profit side focuses on community outreach.