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Weekly Roundup: Weed Wars

July 6, 2018 - 4:15pm

Folks in Florida might think their pot-smoking pals in Massachusetts are a bunch of crybabies.

Six months after marijuana became legal in the Bay State, purveyors of pot and their advocates are kvetching after a July 1 rollout date, self-imposed by Massachusetts officials, came and went without the advent of retail sales for recreational use.

But, by Sunshine State standards, a six-month turnaround seems pretty speedy.

Ruling Throws Cold Water on Smokable Pot Case

July 4, 2018 - 6:00am

Chiding a judge who sided with sick patients and saying plaintiffs likely won’t win on the merits of the case, an appellate court on Tuesday refused to allow smokable medical marijuana while a legal fight continues to play out.

The ruling by a three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal came in a lawsuit initiated by Orlando trial attorney John Morgan and others who maintain that a Florida law barring patients from smoking their treatment runs afoul of a 2016 constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana.

Weekly Roundup: Can Dems Turn High Court Blues Into Blue Wave?

June 29, 2018 - 4:15pm
United States Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court and the two Republicans duking it out to succeed Gov. Rick Scott unintentionally helped ramp up enthusiasm for Florida Democrats in advance of the Democrats’ big blue bash this weekend.

Confederate General Statue Headed to Lake County

June 29, 2018 - 6:00am
Kirby Smith statue from Statuary Hall

After spending nearly a century in the nation’s capital, Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith is moving to Tavares.

Supreme Court Unanimously Bounces Northeast Florida Judge

June 26, 2018 - 6:00am
Judge Scott DuPont

The state Supreme Court on Monday removed a Northeast Florida circuit judge because of improper conduct during a 2016 election campaign and other actions while on the bench.

Weekly Roundup: Finger-Pointing in Full Force

June 23, 2018 - 6:00am
Donald Trump

First came the haunting image of a wailing toddler in a pink jacket, followed by harrowing photos of children inside chain-link cages huddled on the floor beneath Mylar blankets. And then came even more heart-wrenching audio of sobbing children pleading for their mamas and papís.

Jeff Greene Vows to Open His Checkbook to Get the 'Message Out'

June 21, 2018 - 6:00am
Jeff Greene

With time running short before vote-by-mail ballots go out next month, Palm Beach billionaire Jeff Greene on Wednesday formally entered a crowded Democratic slate of candidates seeking to replace Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

Trump Immigration Furor Underscored in Florida

June 20, 2018 - 6:00am
Bill Nelson and Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Tuesday

Amid escalating bipartisan demands for President Donald Trump to stop separating undocumented immigrant children from their families at the southern U.S. border, two high-ranking Florida Democrats were denied access Tuesday to a federal detention facility in Homestead housing an estimated 1,000 minors.

Judge Rips State Agency, Calls for Another Pot License

June 18, 2018 - 3:15pm

Accusing Florida health officials of a “colossal blunder” that created a “dumpster fire,” an administrative law judge recommended that the state grant a highly sought-after medical marijuana license to a South Florida nursery.

Weekly Roundup: Democrats Go from Nasty to Nice

June 15, 2018 - 11:45am
Philip Levine, Gwen Graham and Andrew Gillum

Two debates, two days apart -- between the same candidates -- may have left many viewers wondering what happened.

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