medical marijuana

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6:20 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Capital Report: 03-05-2014

A bill aimed at giving Floridians access to a type of medical marijuana that doesn’t get people high advanced past its first House committee with near-unanimous support today [Wednesday]. But, as Jessica Palombo reports, its sponsor acknowledges changes are likely in store after fellow lawmakers on the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee raised concerns.

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State News
5:28 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Democrats' Bill Anticipates Marijuana Legalization, Sets Reefer Framework

A medical marijuana supporter holds a sign asking her local lawmakers to support legalizing it.
Credit Stan Jastrzebski

Democratic lawmakers have drafted a 150-page primer for how the state should regulate medical marijuana if its use is approved by voters in the fall. But if their bill is passed, Rep. Joe Saunders (D-Orlando) and Sen. Jeff Clemens (D-Lake Worth) may have to answer to those in their party hoping marijuana voters are also Democratic voters. Monday, Senate Minority Leader Chris Smith (D-Ft. Lauderdale) stood up for his colleagues, but did allow that some members of his party are privately cringing.

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State News
6:43 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Florida Medical Experts Urge Caution With New Effort To Legalize 'Charlotte's Web'

A group of brothers in Colorado grow and distribute Charlotte's Web, a strain of cannabis with low THC levels and high CBD levels. That strain is also the subject of recently filed Florida legislation.
Michael Ciaglo The Gazette

Some are urging caution about a new effort to legalize Charlotte’s Web, a small strain of marijuana aimed at helping a rare form of epilepsy that children have called Dravet Syndrome. Jorge Viera is a biomedical engineering professor at Florida International University.

“Even though there could be a very positive effect with the type of cannabinoid, this is something that requires personalized medicine. So, it needs to be discussed for each individual, and on the basis of a medical doctor.” 

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State News
7:00 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Medical Marijuana Among Issues Lighting Up Florida Attorney General Race

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi (left) and Democratic Attorney General Candidates, Former DCF Secretary George Sheldon (middle) and House Democratic Leader Perry Thurston (far right). All spoke at an event Wednesday hosted by AP.
Florida Channel

The Florida Attorney General’s race is heating up as incumbent AG Pam Bondi sparred Wednesday with two Democrats running to oppose her. Medical marijuana was among the hot button issues discussed during an all-day news event at the Capitol.

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State News
3:02 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Updated: Fla. Supreme Court Approves Medical Marijuana Ballot Language

Florida Supreme Court
Credit Florida Supreme Court

This fall, Florida voters will decide whether to legalize marijuana for medical purposes. The Florida Supreme Court has ruled 4-to-3 that the amendment’s summary and title are not misleading and can appear on the ballot.

Just a few days after elections supervisors confirmed campaigners have collected more than the required number of voter signatures, the high court removed the final hurdle in the amendment’s path to the ballot.

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