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Ray Rodrigues stance on medical marijuana angers Amendment 2 advocates

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Because polling in 2016 showed less than half of all Floridians want to legalize marijuana outright, Ray Rodrigues believes he is doing the right thing by pushing regulations that ban people from smoking cannabis or using edible pot. “Here’s what we know,” the Fort Myers House Republican told former Congressman David Jolly on AM 820 WWBA Thursday afternoon. “Amendment 2 passed with more than 70 percent of the vote. And for those of us who were polling this issue during the course…

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Medical marijuana advocates slam ‘scare tactics’ of Florida Sheriffs Association and Drug Free America

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With the possibility Florida may finally pass a state law legalizing medicinal marijuana next week, advocates for the legislation say opponents of Amendment 2 are using “scare tactics” to try to persuade Floridians to reject the proposal. Specifically, they’re taking aim at the claims there is a danger of marijuana edibles ending up in their children’s Halloween candy. “This is a farce. This is totally unfounded, and it is an absolute lie,” said Chris Cano, executive director for the Central Florida office of…

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Tampa poised to be latest Florida city to decriminalize pot

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Tampa took a major step Thursday in joining the growing list of communities across the country   decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana. City Council voted 6-0 to hold a public hearing on a law that would permit Tampa police officers to issue citations for possession of 20 grams or less of pot, instead of arresting the offender. A first offense would become a $75 fine. A second offense would raise the fine to $150. It would be $300 for a third…

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Window closing on advocates’ attempts to change Hillsborough County Commission composition

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Though they haven’t been completely dismissed yet, advocates supporting a change in the size and/or configuration of the current Hillsborough County Commission are on life support today. On Tuesday night the Hillsborough County Charter Review Board voted to review a proposed  “5/4 plan,” which would expand the current number of county commissioners from seven to nine, adding an additional single-member district and another member who would be elected countywide. The other option they will review will be simply to maintain the  status…

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