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House Moves Closer To Senate on Cannabis, Readies For Tough Floor Debate

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House lawmakers could be in for a long fight over medical marijuana when it hits the floor.  The bill’s sponsor is finding common ground with the Senate, but Democrats have filed 25 amendments.

House Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues is adopting numerous Senate positions.  The Estero Republican is now backing edibles and vaping, eliminating a 3 month doctor patient relationship and reducing requirements for snowbirds.  But his proposal maintains thresholds twice as high as the Senate’s for adding new growers.  And a handful of Democrats have offered tweaks of their own tied to physician training, where the drug can be used and how it’ll be tracked.  The House is planning to take up the measure Friday.

Nick Evans came to Tallahassee to pursue a masters in communications at Florida State University. He graduated in 2014, but not before picking up an internship at WFSU. While he worked on his degree Nick moved from intern, to part-timer, to full-time reporter. Before moving to Tallahassee, Nick lived in and around the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years. He listens to far too many podcasts and is a die-hard 49ers football fan. When Nick’s not at work he likes to cook, play music and read.