Matt Gaetz goes out for pot – Florida Politics

Matt Gaetz goes out for pot

Matt Gaetz will “host a medical marijuana delivery to a Northwest Florida family,” his legislative office announced Tuesday.

And the Fort Walton Beach Republican invited reporters to join him as he tags along for the ride.

Surterra Therapeutics will deliver the first shipment of medicinal pot Thursday morning to an as-yet-undisclosed location in the Panhandle.

Gaetz, a candidate for the 1st Congressional District, championed medical cannabis in the House.

He joined the bipartisan effort to allow low-THC cannabis for children who suffer from debilitating seizures and other diseases.

Gaetz co-sponsored the 2014 Compassionate Use Act with Democratic state Rep. Katie Edwards.

That legislation became the framework for the marijuana growing and delivery system devised by the state Department of Health.


Jim Rosica covers state government from Tallahassee for Florida Politics. He previously was the Tampa Tribune’s statehouse reporter. Before that, he covered three legislative sessions in Florida for The Associated Press. Jim graduated from law school in 2009 after spending nearly a decade covering courts for the Tallahassee Democrat, including reporting on the 2000 presidential recount. He can be reached at
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