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Matt Gaetz goes out for pot

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Matt Gaetz will “host a medical marijuana delivery to a Northwest Florida family,” his legislative office announced Tuesday.

And the Fort Walton Beach Republican invited reporters to join him as he tags along for the ride.

Surterra Therapeutics will deliver the first shipment of medicinal pot to an as-yet-undisclosed location in the Panhandle.

The delivery will be Thursday morning.

Gaetz, a candidate for the 1st Congressional District, championed medical cannabis in the House.

He joined the bipartisan effort to allow low-THC cannabis for children who suffer from debilitating seizures and other diseases.

Gaetz co-sponsored the 2014 Compassionate Use Act with Democratic state Rep. Katie Edwards.

That legislation became the framework for the marijuana growing and delivery system devised by the state Department of Health.

Before joining Florida Politics, journalist and attorney James Rosica was state government reporter for The Tampa Tribune. He attended journalism school in Washington, D.C., working at dailies and weekly papers in Philadelphia after graduation. Rosica joined the Tallahassee Democrat in 1997, later moving to the courts beat, where he reported on the 2000 presidential recount. In 2005, Rosica left journalism to attend law school in Philadelphia, afterwards working part time for a public-interest law firm. Returning to writing, he covered three legislative sessions in Tallahassee for The Associated Press, before joining the Tribune’s re-opened Tallahassee bureau in 2013. He can be reached at

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