FORT MYERS, Fla. – Brandi Lawrey and her son Gavin have been waiting for the use of medical marijuana to become legal for years.
Gavin was diagnosed with a mitochondrial disease at age 4 that has caused chronic pain, seizures and spasms. Only low levels of THC help control those symptoms, his mother said.
She greeted her son Wednesday morning with the news of Amendment 2’s passage.
“I looked at Gavin and I said ‘Do you know what this means?’ and He said ‘No’ and I said ‘That means Amendment 2 passed,’ and he started crying,” Brandi said.
Amendment 2 passed with 6,467,379 votes. That represents 71 percent of all votes cast, well above the 60 percent requirement.
The law, which allows for medical prescriptions of marijuana for those with debilitating illnesses, goes into effect in January 2017.