Capital Report: 07-26-2019

Jul 26, 2019

State officials have heralded hemp as a new wonder crop.  But the plant’s recent legalization is complicating efforts to enforce marijuana-related charges. Shawn Mulcahy reports the new law has left police and prosecutors alike scrambling for a solution.

New State Hemp Advisory Committee is trying to kick start Florida’s hemp industry. One of its first steps is to create rules. Florida’s Director of Cannabis Holly Bell spoke to Capital Reporter Blaise Gainey on how that process will move forward.

Ronald Rubin was ousted this week from his role as Commissioner of the state Office of Financial Regulation by the Florida Cabinet. Ryan Dailey reports it was the result of sexual harassment allegations, but Rubin is claiming there were political motivations at play.

Some three-dozen groups are asking Governor Ron DeSantis to stop the build of a massive database to track disciplinary and mental health issues of students. The database is a year overdue and was ordered following the Parkland school massacre last year. And as Lynn Hatter reports, it’s just one of the difficulties the state is having with its new school safety laws.

Are you being inundated with robocalls? Americans got more than 26 billion of them last year. Now, a massive bill that passed the U.S. House this week would attempt to put an end to fraudulent calls and text messages.  Gina Jordan spoke with a Florida congressman who’s helping spur the effort.