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Fireworks Light Up Final Democratic Gubernatorial Debate ... if Only Briefly

August 2, 2018 - 11:00pm

With one candidate equating this year’s election to the Normandy battle and another proclaiming it “the most important election in Florida’s history,” five Democrats seeking to succeed Gov. Rick Scott briefly took off the gloves Thursday night in their last onstage matchup prior to the Aug. 28 primary.

State Goes Along with Early Voting Ruling

August 2, 2018 - 6:00am

Secretary of State Ken Detzner has told a federal judge the state will comply with an order that struck down a policy barring early voting sites on college and university campuses.

Judge Weighs Records Dispute in FIU Bridge Collapse

July 31, 2018 - 3:30pm
FSU bridge collapse, March 15, 2018

A Tallahassee judge is set to decide by the end of the week whether records related to a deadly bridge collapse at Florida International University must be released to the Miami Herald.

Canadian Firm Poised to Enter Florida Pot Market

July 31, 2018 - 6:00am

A Canadian love-fest for Florida pot companies continues to blossom with a $93 million deal that includes a Ruskin-based grower yet to begin selling marijuana products.

Embattled State Medical Marijuana Chief Steps Down

July 27, 2018 - 6:30pm
Christian Bax

After three years as a target of ire amid delays and disputes clouding Florida's nascent medical-marijuana industry, Christian Bax is stepping down as the state's pot czar.

Judge Rules Against the State on Campus Early Voting

July 25, 2018 - 6:00am

Calling it a “ham-handed” effort to keep young voters from casting ballots, a federal judge Tuesday struck down as unconstitutional an opinion issued by Gov. Rick Scott’s administration that barred early-voting sites on college and university campuses.

Dem Governor Candidates Agree: We Must Defeat the Spirit of Trump

July 19, 2018 - 6:00am

Showing virtually zero degrees of separation on issues, the Democratic challengers lining up to replace outgoing Gov. Rick Scott relied on gender, race and opposition to President Donald Trump to ingratiate themselves to the party’s base voters during a debate Wednesday night in Fort Myers.

Court Ponders Whether Popular Games Are Slot Machines

July 17, 2018 - 2:45pm

In a legal dispute that’s dragged on for more than three years and has eluded a legislative remedy, an appellate court is grappling with whether popular tabletop games are illegal slot machines or more-benign entertainment options for customers of bars and restaurants.

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.

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