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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.

Judge Rules Patients Can Smoke Marijuana

May 26, 2018 - 6:00am

A state law banning patients from smoking medical marijuana is unconstitutional, a Tallahassee judge ruled late Friday.

Weekly Roundup: A Food Fight and a Power Play

May 25, 2018 - 7:30pm
Adam Putnam and Ron DeSantis

For a while, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and Congressman Ron DeSantis were in danger of serious elbow injuries in a “who’s the Trumpiest” contest that’s part of their larger battle to capture the Republican nomination to succeed Gov. Rick Scott.

Pot Rule Could Lead to More Challenges, Delays

May 25, 2018 - 6:00am

Businesses seeking to enter Florida’s pot industry warned state health officials Thursday of numerous flaws in a proposed rule that would expand the number of medical marijuana operators but could lead to further delays in a process that’s already months overdue.

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