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State News
6:14 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Charlotte's Web Rules Tangled In Another Snag

Florida's Compassionate Use law allows people suffering from specific conditions like seizures to use low-THC marijuana.
Credit Brett Levin

Florida’s plans allowing certain patients to use low-THC marijuana are in limbo after a recent court ruling.  An administrative judge threw out many of the Department of Health’s proposed rules Friday.

Florida’s so-called Charlotte’s Web law directs the Department to have a distribution framework in place by January 1 next year.  But Florida Medical Cannabis Association Lobbyist Ron Watson says after Friday’s ruling, the chances of meeting that deadline are increasingly slim.

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State News
6:04 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

No Simple Majority: The Complications Of Florida's Ballot Initiatives

Amendment Two, which would have brought medical marijuana to Florida, has failed.
Credit Brett Levin

There’s been more than a little grumbling from some quarters about Amendment Two failing to pass despite garnering support from the majority of voters.  But there are some pretty good reasons for requiring a supermajority.

Back in 2006, Florida voters passed a measure called Amendment 3.  It raised the threshold for passing ballot initiatives in all future elections from the simple majority of 50 percent-plus-one to supermajority of 60 percent.  Supporters at the time argued the ballot initiative process was being taken over by special interests. 

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State News
5:59 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Voters Views On Amendments Put Pressure On Legislature

Florida voters overwhelmingly said yes to a dedicated funding source for land conservation and no to giving governors more power over the judiciary.  Another high-profile amendment fell just shy of what it needed to bring medical marijuana to Florida.

Nearly half the states have legalized marijuana either for recreational or for medicinal purposes, but Florida isn’t one of them.

“At the end of the day, Florida voters said no, we don’t want this codified in our constitution, we don’t want these loopholes, we don’t want this amendment," says Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.

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State News
3:18 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Incoming Senate Leaders Talk Outcome Of Fla. Amendments, Effect On Legislature

Incoming Sen. President Andy Gardiner (R-Orlando) and incoming Sen. Democratic Leader Arthenia Joyner (D-Tampa) speaking to the Florida Channel on Election Night.
Credit Florida Channel

Two of three proposed constitutional amendments failed on Florida’s November ballot. Now, the incoming Senate leaders are weighing in on all three and their effect on the Legislature.

All three amendments needed 60 percent of the vote to pass, and Amendment 1—which earmarks about $9 billion for conservation efforts—took about 75 percent of the vote.

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State News
1:55 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Florida AG Race: Bondi Wins Another Term, Other Candidates Concede Defeat

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, after her victory speech in Tampa. The Republican incumbent won a second term as the state's top lawyer.
Credit WTSP's Screenshot

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has been elected to a second term. Her opponents, Democrat George Sheldon and Libertarian Bill Wohlsifer conceded defeat Tuesday.

With a double digit lead over her Democrat challenger, Bondi got 55 percent of the vote to Sheldon’s 42 percent. And, following her victory speech, she spoke to reporters in Tampa about her win.

“I’m just blessed to have four more years to keep fighting for the citizens of Florida. And, I’m going to do it with every breath I have and as much energy as we did the first four years,” said Bondi.

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