The industry, lawmakers and advocates are morning the loss one you girl who has changed the way people look at CBD. Charlotte Figi passed away on Tuesday at the age of 13 due to complications from a likely coronavirus infection.
The movement ignited will live on as social media send her family and shows individual support about Charlotte’s battle against Dravet syndrome—and the success she demonstrated in treating it with the cannabis compound.
Many legislatures and Congress, where her story was often told as a clear example of why laws prohibiting access to cannabidiol needed to change. Her story has set an effect for change with states, particularly conservative ones, passing modest reform bills for CBD access. Here is what they have said.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) – “Charlotte lived a life of tremendous significance. Her story inspired me to completely change my views on medical cannabis and successfully pass legislation so that patients could get help in Florida,” the congressman said. “I’m so sad she is gone, but the movement she has ignited will live forever.”
Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) – Charlotte “made a positive and everlasting change in the world by the age of 13, she changed the way the nation thinks about CBD through her grace and advocacy,” he said. “We should honor her by fixing our federal cannabis laws as soon as possible.”
Illinois, state Rep. Bob Morgan (D) – “Charlotte, who is the namesake of one of the most well-known CBD brands, Charlotte’s Web, “singlehandedly transformed how the world viewed medical cannabis and children with epilepsy.”
Pennsylvania state Sen. Daylin Leach (D) – “Charlotte “inspired me to get involved in the cannabis movement” and “showed the world that Cannabis is medicine and the trail she blazed has helped millions.”
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt – “Charlotte Figi-who helped inspire passage of CBD Oil legislation for epilepsy treatment nationwide-passed away. I worked w/her mom/others in 14 in MO. My speech in the Senate was a tribute to her, June Jesse, my son & many others.”
Charlotte’s family and movement met national audiences and became a household name in the reform movement. Her story went as far as becoming a feature popular CNN documentary, “Weed,” hosted by Sanjay Gupta, that introduced people from diverging political ideologies to an issue that’s since become a focus of legislation across the country.
Charlottes movement will live on helping the movement for the work that ahead of all of us. We all know from our own personal experiences how CBD changed our lives. And it has changed Charlottes Figi’s life. “She has been on stage for us to lean on as an argument in the movement but she was still going through her own struggles and she will no longer be suffering and will be forever seizure-free”. – A person writing on behalf of the family.