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Thursday the US Drug Enforcement Agency decided to not loosen prohibitions against marijuana, even as the public pushes for legalization. But candidates for Leon County Sheriff say law enforcement should lighten up on non-violent drug offenders.

Orlando could become the latest Florida city to decriminalize up to 20 grams of marijuana possession. The move follows similar policies approved in South Florida and Tampa. Just two weeks ago though, a proposal to do the same in Leon County failed.

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Some lawmakers and activists are shining a light on the dangers of driving while impaired. From texting to marijuana and other drugs, it’s not only about driving drunk anymore.

A group of lawmakers, law enforcement agencies and activists are calling attention to the dangers of driving while under the influence of marijuana.

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Never mind a medical exception. A North Florida Democrat wants to go a step further and legalize marijuana outright. Representative Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda expects more than local resistance.

It’s the kind of doomed legislation you would expect from the minority caucus. But Rehwinkel Vasilinda says she wants to stir debate -- and she’s using an unusual strategy to do it. Her bill removes marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug from the list of controlled substances.

“It’s pushing ideas forward and there’s nothing so powerful as an idea whose time has come.”

Florida Medical Marijuana User Estimates Vary Widely

Oct 21, 2013
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Financial-impact estimators are gathering data on medical marijuana to calculate the costs and benefits for Florida if voters pass a proposed constitutional amendment legalizing the drug. At a public hearing Monday morning the group’s estimates of how many people would use medical marijuana varied widely.

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Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has denied a group’s petition to pave the way for legalizing medical marijuana in the state. The Florida Cannabis Action Network has until the end of the week to plan its response.

Cannabis Action Network Executive Director Jodi James wants people to be able to smoke marijuana prescribed by their doctors without being criminals.

Tallahassee pot busts lands 172 illegal plants

May 11, 2012

A thirty-eight year old Tallahassee man is facing multiple narcotics charges.

Adam Fritz is accused of growing marijuana in the basement of his brook wood home.

Tallahassee Police found the illegal drugs when searching his house on Wednesday afternoon. Arrest documents say officers found more 172 plants growing in his basement. Fritz told law enforcement that he was laid off in 2009 and grew marijuana to supplement his income. He has since bonded out of jail.