Fred Levin pledges to make Charlotte’s Web medical marijuana available in Pensacola – Pensacola News Journal
Prominent local attorney Fred Levin is pushing to make a medical marijuana strain called Charlotte’s Web available in Pensacola. The move comes more than three years after Gov. Rick Scott authorized legislation to permit limited use of the marijuana strain to treat epileptic seizures and other diseases.
A business with connections to Levin, Loop’s Nursery & Greenhouses Inc. in Jacksonville, has been approved for a license to grow, process and distribute medical marijuana, according to documents posted Aug. 10 on the state Division of Administrative Hearings website. The nursery attained the license through a settlement with the Florida Department of Health.
Through an agreement with the Colorado-based Stanley Brothers — the creators and trademark owners of Charlotte’s Web — and their partner, limited liability company Ray of Hope 4 Florida, Loop’s would be the only nursery in the state allowed to cultivate and distribute the strain. Levin is an investor in Ray of Hope 4 Florida. Although it is unknown if the nursery would open a local dispensary in the Florida Panhandle, Levin has pledged to make that happen.
“We know Charlotte’s Web works,” Levin said. “Whatever it takes to get them to come into Northwest Florida, I will do whatever I can.”
Sold in the form of an oil, Charlotte’s Web contains low amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol, the chemical that causes euphoria, and high amounts of cannabidiol, which many have attested calms and reduces seizures. The Stanley Brothers rose to prominence