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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.

Nikki Fried Hopes Pot Will Score Her the Ag Commissioner Seat

June 12, 2018 - 3:00pm
Nikki Fried

Nikki Fried has spent the past three years trying to tear down barriers to getting medical marijuana to Florida patients, facing roadblocks from state health officials and lawmakers in the process.

Weekly Roundup: Politics, Pot and Grim Numbers

June 8, 2018 - 2:15pm
The Sunshine State was packed with political news this week, along with the perennial twists and turns in Florida’s budding marijuana industry.
But even the most politically plugged-in foodies and fashionistas focused their attention elsewhere, after two American icons reportedly took their own lives within days of each other.

Holy Mother Lode! Florida Medical Marijuana Operation Fetches $53 Million

June 7, 2018 - 6:00am

A California-based company has bought a Florida medical marijuana operation for $53 million in the latest transaction in what investors hope will be among the nation’s most-lucrative medical pot markets.

Judge Seeks to Clear Way for Smoking Medical Pot

June 6, 2018 - 6:00am

A Tallahassee judge on Tuesday lifted a hold on her order finding that Florida patients should be allowed to smoke medical marijuana if their doctors approve it.

State Faces New Challenge on Marijuana Licenses

June 5, 2018 - 6:00am

A Tampa-based orchid grower is challenging a rule proposed by state health officials, arguing the proposal fails to properly carry out a law giving preference for up to two highly sought-after medical marijuana licenses to applicants who own facilities that were used to process citrus.

Weekly Roundup: Politics of Puerto Rico and Pot

June 2, 2018 - 6:00am

Friday marked the onset of the 2018 hurricane season, but the political squalls are already brewing throughout the Sunshine State, with the August primary and November general elections on the horizon.

At the top of the ticket, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and his challenger, Gov. Rick Scott, have been duking it out, with Scott taking a day off from storming the state to travel to Puerto Rico --- in his official capacity as governor --- as he continues to court Hispanic voters.

Marijuana Legalizaton Could Be Key Issue for Democrats

June 1, 2018 - 9:30am

Three of the state’s top Democratic candidates for governor support legalization of recreational marijuana, and the fourth backs decriminalizing pot for personal use, showing near-consensus on an issue political rainmaker John Morgan said could determine the outcome of the August primary.

John Morgan to Rick Scott: Don't Let Your Objection to Pot Lose the Election for You

May 30, 2018 - 6:00am
John Morgan

Gov. Rick Scott’s fight to keep patients from smoking pot could spark a “political wildfire” that will cost the Republican votes in his battle to unseat U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, according to the man largely responsible for making medical marijuana legal in Florida.



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