SSN on Facebook SSN on Twitter SSN on YouTube RSS Feed

Judge Gives State More Time to Defend Abortion Law

July 19, 2017 - 5:30pm

A Tallahassee judge gave Florida officials more time to present their defense of a two-year old law requiring women to wait 24 hours before receiving an abortion, but seemed skeptical that the state would convince him to keep the law on the books.

Appeals Court Grapples with Two-Horse Race

July 18, 2017 - 7:00pm

It's clear gambling regulators weren't keen on a horse race between two aging nags on a dirt path, with the race launched by a red rag on a stick.

But what's less clear is whether the regulators had the authority to punish a tiny North Florida horse track that ran the race.

The controversial “flag drop” race three years ago at Hamilton Downs between two horses owned by the same woman was the focus of a hearing Tuesday before a three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal.

Settlement Reached on Services for Disabled Inmates

July 10, 2017 - 8:00pm

In a move that could affect thousands of Florida inmates, attorneys representing disabled prisoners and the Department of Corrections have settled a lawsuit accusing the state of discriminating against prisoners who are deaf, blind or confined to wheelchairs.

Justices May Not Be Buying Aramis Ayala's Arguments on the Death Penalty

June 28, 2017 - 7:30pm

Florida Supreme Court justices appeared highly skeptical of a Central Florida state attorney's assertion that prosecutors have absolute discretion in death-penalty cases during arguments Wednesday in a legal dispute between the prosecutor and Gov. Rick Scott.

Health Officials Move Forward With Marijuana Plans

June 19, 2017 - 6:00pm

Florida health officials have laid out a new process to implement the voter-approved constitutional amendment broadly legalizing medical marijuana, as they attempt to meet deadlines included in the November ballot measure.

Management of Marijuana Operation Changes Hands

May 24, 2017 - 8:30pm

A Canadian-backed firm will take over management of Chestnut Hill Tree Farm, one of Florida's seven medical marijuana operators, the companies announced Wednesday.

The deal involving Aphria Inc., a marijuana grower and processor based in Ontario, and Chestnut Hill comes on the verge of a massive expansion of Florida's medical-marijuana market, sparked by a November constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical pot.

Judge Backs Two More Marijuana Licenses

May 23, 2017 - 8:15pm

In a long-awaited decision, an administrative law judge Tuesday called for the state to issue two new licenses to medical marijuana operators, saying competing businesses --- which lost out to another operator selected by Florida health officials in 2015 --- were virtually tied.

Administrative Law Judge John Van Laningham's recommended order came months after a hearing in the matter and long after he decided that the winning licensee, Alpha Foliage, known as Surterra Therapeutics, should have been ineligible to apply for a license because of changes in ownership.

High Court Says No to Slot Machines

May 18, 2017 - 5:15pm

In a highly anticipated decision, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday squashed a broad expansion of slot machines in at least eight counties, saying the decision to allow pari-mutuels to add the lucrative games rests with the Legislature, not voters.

Defiant Medical Marijuana Vendor Is Selling the Smokeable Product

May 10, 2017 - 6:00pm

Even while Florida lawmakers have insisted they do not want patients to smoke pot, one of the state's seven licensed medical-marijuana vendors on Tuesday began selling whole-flower cannabis.

House, Senate Moving Closer on Medical Marijuana Plan

April 28, 2017 - 8:45pm

Eligible patients would not have to wait 90 days to get medical marijuana if doctors recommend the treatment, under a compromise measure ready for a House vote just days before next Friday's end of the annual legislative session.

The measure, proposed by House Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues, brings the House closer in line with the Senate's approach to carrying out a November constitutional amendment that legalized marijuana for patients with a broad swath of debilitating medical conditions.


Live streaming of WBOB Talk Radio, a Sunshine State News Radio Partner.