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  1. US FL: Florida Moves Toward More Medical Marijuana Licenses

    Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 20 Sep 2017 - TALLAHASSEE -- Seemingly learning from past mistakes, state health officials have issued an emergency rule outlining the application process for new medical-marijuana vendors seeking to receive licenses in two weeks. The new rule, published Wednesday and going into effect immediately, outsources the evaluation of the applications to "subject matter experts," requires "blind testing" of the applications, and includes a detailed application form --- all departures from the Department of Health's previous medical-marijuana regulations that spawned a series of legal and administrative challenges.
  2. US FL: Nazi Gang Members Arrested After Raid On Florida Trailer Nets

    Orlando Sentinel, 09 Aug 2017 - Authorities found an exhaustive list of weapons, drug paraphernalia and Nazi propaganda when they raided a trailer Tuesday morning in a rural pocket of west central Florida, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. Five felons, two of whom authorities described as documented gang members, were arrested after deputies and a SWAT team served a search warrant on the suburban New Port Richey mobile home, WFLA-Channel 8 reported.
  3. US FL: Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Taking Root In South Florida

    Sun-Sentinel, 26 Jul 2017 - What's legal, what's not, and what we're waiting on in this time between the passage of a state constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana and a July deadline for the Department of Health to institute rules and regulations. What's legal, what's not, and what we're waiting on in this time between the passage of a state constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana and a July deadline for the Department of Health to institute rules and regulations.
  4. US FL: Orange Park Town Council To Consider Allowing Medical

    Florida Times-Union, 24 Jul 2017 - DISPENSARIES ORANGE PARK - Town Council soon will take up whether to lift Orange Park's moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries, and if so, where such establishments may open up shop within the town limits.
  5. US FL: Oviedo To Soon Allow Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

    Orlando Sentinel, 19 Jul 2017 - Oviedo City Council members this week agreed to let the city's moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries expire Aug. 5, making it likely that Oviedo will become the first Seminole County municipality to allow such businesses. Council members also directed city staffers Monday to draft an ordinance that will treat medical marijuana dispensaries under the same zoning regulations as pharmacies.
  6. US FL: Opioid Use Increasing Number Of Foster Children In

    Florida Times-Union, 14 Jul 2017 - AROUND U.S. The blond toddler pounced from the floor without warning and reached for a toy deep within Savannah Woods' entertainment center. She remained on the plush, beige carpet, her eyes following the toddler through the room. In attempt to rein in the child's energy, Woods called him back to her side and asked him to name a smiling woman in the picture she held.
  7. US FL: Real-Time Drug Tests At Music Festivals Show 'Molly' Often

    Orlando Sentinel, 12 Jul 2017 - 'MOLLY' Scientists, public health experts and volunteers working with them have started to show up at music festivals, concerts, raves and other public gatherings where illicit drugs are frequently used. Equipped with special chemical testing kits, they help attendees test pills and powder for purity in real time so people can make better informed decisions about whether to take them.
  8. US FL: Medical Marijuana Bill Passes In Florida Legislature

    Orlando Sentinel, 06 Jul 2017 - The medical marijuana industry officially has its guidelines with the passage of a bill out of the Florida Legislature on the last day of a three-day special session. The votes were 29-6 in the Senate and 103-9 in the House. The few no votes were mostly Democrats who wanted fewer restrictions in the bill, but also a few Republicans who remain against the idea of medical marijuana on principle.
  9. US FL: Handyman Jailed For Months After Cops Mistake Drywall For

    New York Post, 27 Jun 2017 - It was a miscarriage of dust-ice. A handyman spent three months behind bars after cops believed they'd found cocaine sprinkled around his car -- until test results later proved it was clean, according to reports.