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Smoke this: John Morgan adds plaintiffs to marijuana lawsuit

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Medical marijuana advocate John Morgan has added three more plaintiffs to his lawsuit against the state, filed after lawmakers refused to allow marijuana to be smoked, according to court filings accessed Wednesday. Diana Dodson of Levy County, a cancer patient; Catherine Jordan of Manatee County, who has Lou Gehrig’s disease; and Roberto Pickering of Leon County, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder; all qualify to use medicinal cannabis under a constitutional amendment passed last year.

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Now cancer-free, Dorothy Hukill says, ‘I’m back’

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After being pronounced cancer-free earlier this year, state Sen. Dorothy Hukill says she “feel(s) great” and already is “excited” to return to Tallahassee for next year’s Legislative Session. She’s also back in the saddle in her district. The Port Orange Republican’s schedule is packed this week: There’s a grand-opening event for a Titusville space-supplies firm, a speech at the Titusville Chamber of Commerce, and post-Legislative Session round-ups before the Lake Helen City Commission and at the Daytona Regional Chamber of…

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Gwen Graham: ‘Health care is a right’

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Former Congresswoman and now Democratic candidate for governor Gwen Graham on Tuesday rapped the U.S. Senate’s proposed Obamacare replacement, saying “if you get quality health care, you can have a miracle.” Graham, speaking to reporters in the state Capitol, was referring to her husband’s recent cancer remission. Steve Hurm was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer last year. Acknowledging that her family has good insurance coverage, “I want that for everyone,” she said. “No one should be put in a position…

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Legislature makes slow progress on medical pot rules

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Florida’s voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment in November that formally legalized medical marijuana for chronic pain and other ailments, but with less than a month to go in their session, Florida legislators remain far apart on how to implement it. Bills in the Senate and House don’t agree on the details of expanding access to the drug, from adding pot distributors to deciding whether doctors can prescribe marijuana to people who haven’t been their patients for at least three…

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Bill Nelson, Marco Rubio applaud NIH funding bill passage; Moffitt money preserved

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Florida’s Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson both applauded passage Wednesday by the U.S. Senate of a bill that heads off potential cuts in cancer research at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa and the University of Miami’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. The Senate approved H.R. 34, entitled the “21st Century Cures Act,” by a 94-5 vote Wednesday. The House of Representatives approved it earlier. “This bill makes a lot of improvements to our nation’s medical research programs, but the…

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Steve Hurm battling cancer, wife Gwen Graham announces

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Tallahassee lawyer Steve Hurm, general counsel to the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and husband to U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, is battling stage 4 prostate cancer, she announced. Graham, who has openly discussed her interest in running for Florida governor next year, announced Hurm’s condition at a presidential rally in Tallahassee that featured Vice President Joe Biden campaigning for Democrat Hillary Clinton Monday, and again in a campaign communique she sent to supporters Tuesday morning. “My husband, Steve, was recently diagnosed with…

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Terminally ill man who saw new “Star Wars” film dies

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A terminally ill “Star Wars” fan who requested an advance screening of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has died less than a week after watching the movie. Daniel Fleetwood, who had cancer, had a private screening at his home in Spring, Texas, this past Thursday. His wife, Ashley, posted on Facebook that he died in his sleep early Tuesday and “is now one with God and with the force.” Diagnosed with spindle cell carcinoma and told he had just months…

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