Health & Science

A field of hemp plants
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Florida’s state-run crime labs don’t have the ability to determine whether a product is weed, CBD or hemp and the issue is stopping law enforcement in its tracks.  The state’s new hemp law is creating a patchwork of enforcement efforts and will likely need the legislature to step in.

Rep. Sullivan (R-Mount Dora) receiving a standing ovation from fellow Republicans after floor debate for the abortion waiting period law in 2015.
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The First District Court of Appeal has reversed a ruling that declared a 2015 law requiring a one-day wait before an abortion unconstitutional. Now, the American Civil Liberties Union is preparing for court once again.

A field of hemp plants
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State Attorney Jack Campbell says his office will no longer prosecute marijuana possession cases at the moment. At issue is confusion over a new state law legalizing hemp.

Marijuana plants in a grow house.
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The Florida House of Representatives wants a say in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of state medical marijuana regulations. The chamber's lawyers asked a Tallahassee appeals court Tuesday for a chance to intervene.

Fighting human trafficking is one of the top issues for U.S. Attorney Pamela Marsh.
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Florida will soon strike up a so-called "John’s Registry" for people convicted of soliciting prostitution. It’s part of an effort to combat human and sex trafficking. The database has been endorsed by law enforcement who see it as a way to shame people who pay for sex, but some victim advocates worry it could sweep up people who’ve been trafficked themselves.

Sophie McCoy

Has seaweed been snubbed by science, when it comes to its role in trapping carbon dioxide under the surface of the seafloor? Researchers at Florida State University say seaweed plays a much larger part than most previously thought.

Morgan Martin

Many Hurricane Michael victims are still feeling the effects of the storm.  It not only caused physical damage to the area, but has left scars on the hearts and minds of survivors. 

Ryan Dailey

The Florida Legislature has passed a proposal to import prescription drugs from Canada and other countries. The measure will now land on the governor’s desk, and from there it will still require federal approval.

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As Governor Ron DeSantis’ proposed Canadian drug importation plan looks poised to pass into law this legislative session, he and other proponents are mocking its critics as fearmongers. The Governor’s defense comes amid attack ads that are ramping up in Florida markets.

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The Senate is moving forward with certificate of need repeal. But some call the move a dramatic shift that reneges on weeks of work. The plan to scrap hospital regulations points to a bigger picture about the legislative process.

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It's been years in the planning and the building, but Tallahassee Memorial Hospital's new quarter-billion dollar M.T. Mustian Center just weeks away from welcoming its first patients.

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A recently released study ranks universities making the transition to clean energy. Advocates say the colleges are paving the way for others when it comes to becoming 100% renewable. 

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This week is a milestone for the youngest residents of Leon County – the tenth year that children's agencies and health care professionals have offered free developmental screenings.

The early interventions have helped hundreds of kids. More than 30 agencies and 100 volunteers have staged the screenings twice a year since 2009, coordinated by Whole Child Leon.

As they do every spring, they'll come together this Friday to screen for problems with vision, hearing, dental, behavioral issues, and more.

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New Agency for Health Care Administration secretary Mary Mayhew got her second positive vote of confirmation from a Senate committee Monday. Mayhew faced more tough lines of questioning from Health Policy committee members, but won over one key Democratic vote.

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Governor Ron DeSantis’ pick to head the Agency for Health Care Administration, Mary Mayhew, passed her first Senate confirmation hearing Thursday. Mayhew briefly oversaw Medicaid for the Trump administration, and was over the program in Maine for seven years prior. Some Senators grilled Mayhew on her noted opposition to Medicaid expansion.

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A measure (HB 1335) that would require minors to receive parental consent before getting an abortion cleared its second state House committee Wednesday. 

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Gov. Ron DeSantis is tapping a doctor from the University of Florida to lead the state Department of Health. 

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A measure moving through Florida’s House and Senate looks to add student immunization records to the Department of Health’s existing database. Amendments to the bill would let parents opt out of being listed on the registry, but critics are still skeptical on whether their privacy is protected.

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A bill to replicate Miami’s needle exchange program statewide is inching closer to passing the Florida Legislature. It cleared its first committee hurdle Tuesday in the House.

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Legislation allowing less-expensive Canadian prescription drugs to be imported for sale to Floridians is moving forward in the Senate. Some of those who oppose the measure have questions about vetting drugs coming in.  

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A bill (HB 1335) requiring minors to get a parent’s consent for abortions passed a House committee this week. The debate was mostly civil, but some audience members had to be escorted out.

Florida law says parents have to be notified when their daughters seek abortions. Under the proposal, parents would have to give their permission.

The House Health Quality Subcommittee heard from a string of women who’ve had abortions, but who have differing opinions about the bill.

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Supporters and opponents of Republican Senator Dennis Baxley’s Fetal Heartbeat Bill had a showdown of sorts Thursday in the Capitol. Baxley, who held a press conference alongside members of an anti-abortion group, wants an opportunity for the bill to get a committee hearing — and its detractors hope the measure never gets there.

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Florida lawmakers are one step closer to adding a work requirement for Medicaid eligibility. 

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A pair of Senate and House Bills looks to address maternal deaths from what legislators say are preventable complications during pregnancy. Supporters of the measure are alarmed that women of color die in childbirth at significantly higher rates than white women.

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Hemp is gaining inroads in Florida following national decriminalization. Now Florida A&M University is trying to get ahead of the burgeoning market.

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