Pastor Julius McAllister discuss mental health and substance abuse
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A vote to create a new marijuana civil citation program in Leon County failed in a tie Tuesday. One of the commissioners dialed into the meeting and local rules say a caller can’t break a tied vote.

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The U.S. Attorney for Florida’s Northern District says he’s willing to review and prosecute marijuana cases that the state attorney will not. The move comes after State Attorney Jack Campbell said last month he's pressing pause on prosecuting marijuana cases in light of a new hemp law.

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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.

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam
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Florida’s two Republican candidates for governor say they don’t want recreational marijuana in the state. Congressman Ron DeSantis and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam made their positions clear during their first debate of the race.

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The Tallahassee Police Department has recovered several allegedly stolen valuable, including firearms, credit cards and electronics. Officers said they’re tracking down the owners and hope to reunite them with their belongings.

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Among the newest members of the Florida Legislature is Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith (D-Orlando), the state’s first openly gay Latino lawmaker. Educational issues regarding minorities and LGBT youth are among his top priorities.

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When it comes to lowering penalties for marijuana possession, discretion is key. In Leon County, law enforcement has the option to grant pre-trial diversion for adults who have 20 grams or less. And  some commissioners say if the program is working, why mess with it?

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Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor is pushing to decriminalize marijuana possession.  If Proctor gets his way, 20 grams or less would result in a ticket rather than an arrest.

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A state lawmaker is hoping to add a standard threshold to what is considered “over the limit” in cases where a person is operating a vehicle and is high on marijuana.

Want to learn about starting up your own Marijuana business? Well, there’s a seminar coming to a city near you over the next couple months.  It’s offered by the Cannabis Career Institute, which according to its website, is America’s first and premier marijuana business training center.

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An advocacy group is asking Florida’s Attorney General, Pam Bondi, to make it legal to prescribe medical marijuana in the state. The Cannabis Action Network presented Bondi’s staff with a petition on Tuesday morning.

Under Florida law, Bondi has 30 days to respond to the group’s request. Cannabis Action Network executive director Jodi James says, her group is asking Bondi to change marijuana’s classification as a Schedule I illegal drug in the state.