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COUNTERPOINT: I'm Tired of Apologizing to Families in Need of Medical Marijuana

April 28, 2017 - 8:00am

The following video is Rep. Katie Edwards' impassioned plea to Rep. Ray Rodrigues, R-Estero, to kill the 90-day wait period in House Bill 1397 on medical marijuana -- asking him to make sure the bill considers patients first.

Edwards, D-Plantation, is one of the originators of Florida's 2014 medical marijuana law allowing noneuphoric strains of marijuana for epilepsy and cancer.

Mandatory Minimum Laws for Nonviolent Drug Offenders Are Not Working

April 20, 2017 - 8:00am

William Forrester was on disability, and recently had a lung removed due to cancer. After he was unable to obtain painkillers legally, Forrester forged a prescription for 120 oxycodone pills, which he then filled at a drug store. When he did it again, the pharmacist called the doctor to confirm the authenticity of the prescription. After the doctor told the pharmacist he had not authorized the prescription, Forrester was charged with trafficking 15.6 grams of Oxycodone.

Why I Say Use Federal Funds to Expand Health Care

October 12, 2014 - 6:00pm

I look at everything from a business perspective. When I sponsor a bill or when I am deciding how to vote on a bill, I examine the cost-benefit analysis. What will this do for Florida and the people in my district?

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