Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi today issued an emergency rule granting epilepsy sufferers easier access to Epidiolex, a cannabinoid-based medication used to treat rare forms of the neurological disorder.
Formerly classified as a dangerous Schedule 1 drug “with high potential for abuse” under Florida law, the rule will shift Epidiolex to Schedule 5, the least severe category.
Other Schedule 1 drugs include heroin, cannabis and lysergic acid diethylamide, or LSD.
According to Bondi, descheduling the drug could help 4,000 Floridians — many of whom are children — suffering from “terrible and rare” forms of epilepsy.
This is the first time Bondi has descheduled a drug.
The move comes just weeks after the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration descheduled the drug, which, in June, became the first medication of its kind to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.