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Lawmakers finally pass medical marijuana implementation bill

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After a false start during the regular Legislative Session, lawmakers Friday passed a medical marijuana implementation bill on the last day of the Special Session, sending it to Gov. Rick Scott. The wide-ranging legislation (SB 8-A) will give guidance to state regulators as they put the state’s constitutional amendment medical marijuana into effect. Gov. Rick Scott said later on Friday he will sign the bill into law. According to the bill analysis’ summary, the measure among other things: — Grandfathers in seven existing…

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Dominic Calabro: Keeping cigars in the Cigar City

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Politicians talk repeatedly about doing things to help create jobs. But, sometimes, doing nothing is the best option. We hope that newly-elected lawmakers understand that less government intrusion is often the key to keeping the American Dream alive. A great example is the 2009 “Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.” This innocuously named effort actually increased federal regulation in ways that even many of its supporters now regret. The act gave the Food and Drug Administration the right to regulate…

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Alan Grayson pushes for repeal on limit on when gay, bisexual men can donate blood

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As dozens of injured people were being sent to Orlando hospitals in the immediate aftermath of the Pulse nightclub mass shooting, thousands in Central Florida and throughout the state immediately went to give blood to those fighting for their lives. However, some survivors of the shooting were prohibited from donating blood to their friends who were shot because of an existing Food and Drug Administration policy that prohibits gay and bisexual men from donating blood unless they’ve been celibate for the past year.…

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Today on Context Florida: Republicans don’t think – they believe, high-stakes elections, America at a crossroads and tanning beds

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Today on Context Florida: Florida GOP voters don’t want to think, says Diane Roberts, they just want to believe. Rick Scott endorsed his Soul Brother, but only after that big Florida Primary win. Scott signaled his man-crush back in January, writing breathlessly for USA Today that Herr Drumpf reminds him of, well, him: wealthy, an “outsider,” a business hombre incensed over “endless and tedious regulation and taxation.” You know …  crap like the Clean Water Act. And the Voting Rights Act.…

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U.S Senate approves Bill Nelson bill to speed search for Zika virus cure

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Four new cases of the Zika virus were reported in Florida this week, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 66.   To help prevent the disease from spreading further, late Thursday night the U.S. Senate approved a bill sponsored by Sen. Bill Nelson and others to speed development of vaccines and treatments for the disease.   “We need to figure out a way to stop the spread of this virus sooner rather than later,” Nelson said. “This bill creates an…

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FDA vows to crack down on Kratom, seizes $400K shipment

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is vowing to continue the fight to stop the use of the botanical Kratom, a plant-based product used as a homeopathic treatment that is beginning to concern authorities and healthcare professionals in Florida. PainMedicineNews.com reports that FDA officials recently seized 90,000 bottles of the dietary supplement manufactured under the label RelaKzpro and distributed by Dordoniz Natural Products LLC. The estimated value of the detained product is more than $400,000. “We have identified Kratom as…

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Meridien Research named in lawsuit for research fraud

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Tampa-based Meridien Research could be in some pretty hot water. A former nurse for the medical research company is seeking damages in Hillsborough court as a whistleblower after she claims she was fired for uncovering research fraud. According to lawsuit documents, Cindy Anne Mannis worked as site director at Meridien’s Tampa location along with Dr. Cynthia Huffman, the site’s principal investigator. Meridien conducts clinical drug trials for major pharmaceutical and biotech companies that are seeing FDA approval on new medicines.…

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