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Florida Dems give medical marijuana proponents fundraising boost

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The committee backing the medical marijuana constitutional amendment raised more than $200,000 in the first week of October, helped in part by a donation from the Florida Democratic Party. State records show People United for Medical Marijuana, the fundraising committee behind the medical marijuana amendment, raised $201,450 between Oct. 1 and Oct. 7. Records show the committee received $50,000 from the Florida Democratic Party on Oct. 7. The donation marks the third time this year the state party donated to…

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Poll: 73% of voters support medical marijuana ballot initiative

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The 2016 medical marijuana ballot initiative has strong support among Floridians, according to a new poll. A new poll from the Florida Chamber Political Institute found 73 percent of voters would support the amendment. The survey found 22 percent were opposed to the ballot initiative. The poll of 617 registered voters was conducted from Sept. 15 through Sept. 20. The survey has a margin of error of 4 percent. The 2016 proposal allows people with debilitating medical conditions, as determined by…

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Direct mail round up: Consumers for Smart Solar making pitch to vote ‘Yes on 1″

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The push to vote “Yes on 1” is underway. Mailers from Consumers for Smart Solar are hitting Floridians’ mailboxes, encouraging them to support the solar initiative. The mailers call the proposal a “straightforward plan that encourages solar.” The amendment is backed by the state’s major electric companies, and outlines the rules for solar power in Florida. It would put existing law dealing with the rights of homeowners and businesses to own or lease solar equipment into the state Constitution. According…

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Sheldon Adelson gives $1M to Drug Free Florida

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Drug Free Florida saw a big fundraising period, raising more than $1 million in one week. State records show the organization raised more than $1.02 million between Sept. 3 and Sept. 9, the most recent fundraising period. That sum includes a $1 million contribution from Sheldon Adelson, a casino magnate and opponent of the medical marijuana ballot initiative. Adelson was a major backer of the opposition campaign in 2014. Records show he gave $5.5 million to Drug Free Florida in…

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Poll: 70% of Floridians support medical marijuana amendment

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A medical marijuana ballot initiative continues to enjoy strong support from Floridians. A Public Policy Polling survey released Wednesday shows 70 percent of likely Florida voters said they supported the 2016 ballot initiative. That’s up from a similar survey conducted in March, which found 65 percent of voters said they supported the ballot initiative. The 2016 ballot initiative allows individuals with debilitating medical conditions as determined by a licensed Florida physician to use medical marijuana. It also calls on the…

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Mel Sembler donates $500K to Vote No on 2 campaign in May

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Drug-Free Florida raised more than $500,000 in May, almost all of which came from a single donor. State records show the committee raised $500,085 in the one-month fundraising period. Mel Sembler, a prominent St. Petersburg fundraiser, donated $500,000 in May. In April, Sembler announced he planned to raise once again money to defeat the state’s medical marijuana initiative. At the time, Sembler told the Tampa Bay Times he planned to raise at least $10 million to help defeat the amendment.…

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Solar groups to unite in support of Amendment 4

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A pair of groups pushing solar energy-related changes to the state constitution will collaborate on an effort to pass Amendment 4 on the August 2016 ballot. Florida for Solar, Inc., spearheaded by Sen. Jeff Brandes, and Floridians 4 Lower Energy Costs will combine forces in order to try to surpass the 60 percent threshold needed for a ballot amendment to take effect. “The continued collaboration of these two groups will enhance public awareness and give us the positive enforcement needed to…

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