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Charlotte’s Web fix clears committee stop

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The Senate Regulated Industries took about 90 minutes to do what the Department of Health, growers and investors haven’t been able to do since last August — agree on a regulatory structure allowing the planting of Florida’s first legal marijuana crop. “This is about fulfilling a promise,” said state Sen. Rob Bradley about his glitch bill for a Charlotte’s Web law passed last year but blocked from implementation by lawsuits. “There are simply too many inherent flaws in the system…

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Senate’s Charlotte’s Web fix to be released Monday

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Florida Medical Cannabis Association lobbyist Louis Rotundo nailed it last month when he said, “we’re about to smoke them out.” Rotundo commented after the Department of Health released a proposed Charlotte’s Web rule, a product of a negotiated rule making session with stakeholders in a medicinal marijuana industry. “I think the department did as good of a job that can be done with the law as it is written. Any problem now is not with the rule but with the law not getting people where they…

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The week ahead in the Florida Legislature

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This week in Florida Politics we shall seek clarity. By week’s end we will know about the House and Senate’s competing budget proposals, how Rob Bradley intends to solve the Charlotte’s Web mystery and whether service in the Confederate Army is Hall of Fame material. The highlight of a busy week comes Wednesday when both the Senate Appropriations and the House Appropriations committees will work on their respective budget proposals. The House’s opening bid is $76.2 billion and the Senate’s…

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Rob Bradley will take up Charlotte’s Web’s unsolved mystery Tuesday

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State Sen. Rob Bradley is preparing to free the Charlotte’s Web law from a bureaucratic swamp of lawsuits, hearings and workshops. He filed a shell bill, which his Regulated Industries Committee will take up Tuesday. SP 7066 states: “The Legislature intends to revise laws relating to low-THC cannabis. Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2015.” The bill’s language will be available at least 24 hours before Tuesday’s 1:30 p.m. meeting. It will attempt to solve what state…

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Charlotte’s Web hearing scheduled for April 14

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An administrative law judge has scheduled a hearing for April 14 on a rule challenge for the state’s Charlotte’s Web law. Judge Elisabeth W. McArthur has scheduled the hearing for 9:30 a.m at the DeSoto Building in Tallahassee. It is the second legal challenge filed against the Department of Health over proposed regulations to grow marijuana and dispense medicinal cannabis oil. In preparation for the hearing DOH is beefing up its legal team. The Department has informed McArthur that Tallahassee…

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Florida for Care walking Capitol halls today for medicinal marijuana

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Florida for Care declared Wednesday a Day of Compassion at the state Capitol. More than 20 supporters of two medicinal marijuana bills fanned out across the Capitol Complex early Wednesday to lobby lawmakers on behalf of HB 683 and SB 528. “They came from all over the state,” said Kari Hicks of Florida for Care. “There are people from Tampa, Sarasota, Miami and Jacksonville and have scheduled constituency meetings with their lawmakers.” Hicks said the group is targeting specifically members…

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House releases health care budget with no supplemental funds and deep staff cuts at Dept. of Health

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The House released a health care budget on March 17 that contains no supplemental Medicaid dollars traditionally used to help pay hospitals, federally qualified health centers, graduate medical education and even prepaid health plans. House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Matt Hudson said it would be “premature” for the House to include supplemental, or Low Income Pool, dollars in the budget given the fact the federal government has not approved the continuation of the program beyond June 30. Nevertheless,…

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