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Carlos Guillermo Smith, Amy Mercado say special session needed to end cannabis legal limbo

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Saying that the current limbo of law is bad for doctors and patients, Democratic state Reps. Carlos Guillermo Smith and Amy Mercado pleaded with Gov. Rick Scott and Florida Legislature leaders to call a special session to deal with medical marijuana. “We are here because 71 percent of Florida voters approved the constitutional right to medical cannabis. But we also are here because unfortunately once again Tallahassee politicians have thwarted the will of the people and they have refused to…

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Marion Hammer sees paths around 11th Circuit’s ‘Docs v. Glocks’ ruling

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Gun-rights lobbyist Marion Hammer has denounced the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ “Docs v. Glocks” ruling as “activist,” and complained the court “treats gun owners as second-class citizens.” “This activist decision attempts to use the First Amendment as a sword to terrorize the Second Amendment and completely disregards the rights and the will of the elected representatives of the people of Florida,” Hammer said. “This is not necessarily the final word on these important issues, as the state of Florida has…

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House OKs bill to let nurses practice independently of MDs

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Over the strong objections of organized medicine, a House healthcare subcommittee on Wednesday gave the green light to a bill that would allow advanced registered nurse practitioners to work independently from physicians. The House Innovation Subcommittee debated the bill for one hour before passing it by a 9-4 vote and heard from a score of proponents and opponents. At times the debate teetered on testy. “Where i grew up the kids played doctor,” said state Rep. “Doc” Renuart, who opposed the…

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Florida Medical Association highlights charitable work with ‘FMA Cares’

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Florida’s largest medical trade group is showing just how much the state’s doctors care about their friends, neighbors, and fellow residents. The Florida Medical Association, which represents more than 20,000 physicians statewide, today unveiled “FMA Cares,” a new initiative highlighting how medical professionals give back to local communities. FMA Cares will feature a series of videos and stories about medical professionals who make a difference in their neighborhoods. The first ad introduces FMA member and Tallahassee orthopedic surgeon Andrew Borom, who…

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On Endorsements

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Are endorsements helpful in state legislative races? Of course they are. When one candidate earns a majority of endorsements, like Charles Gerdes has in the Democratic Primary for House District 53, then that has to count for something. Often, though, the slate of endorsements are spread out among each of the candidates in a race. The Realtors endorsed this candidate, the PBA endorsed that candidate and so on. Sometimes, a candidate wins all of the “Democratic” endorsements, like ones from…

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