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“Right to Try” expansion bill adding medical marijuana passes Senate panel

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A bill to allow terminally ill patients to use medical marijuana passed its first committee stop in the Senate on Tuesday, hours after a House panel OK’d a similar bill. Debate focused on eliminating roadblocks to care amid nearly two years of delays since a bill to allow low-THC cannabis derivatives was enacted in 2014. Bill sponsor Sen. Rob Bradley acknowledged the 2014 Compassionate Use Act passed by the Legislature “could have been better.” Asked by Sen. Don Gaetz – Senate president at the time…

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Today on Context Florida: Hunting Ground, Jacksonville Mayo Clinic, medical marijuana and two chambers

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Today on Context Florida: A Tallahassee theater on a holiday weekend is a lonely place, says Florence Snyder, especially if the film is ‘The Hunting Ground,’ a documentary examination of sexual assault on college campuses. Campus sexual assault is not a new problem. In the 20th century, universities stopped acting in loco parentis and many Baby Boomers violated by people they had thought of as friends. Some never spoke of it until years later, and others will carry the stories to…

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Charlotte’s Web at session’s halftime, new issues bloom while families wait

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A Charlotte’s Web fix cleared its second Senate committee this week while drawing fire from patient advocates and black farmers for failing to increase permissible THC levels and discriminatory licensing requirements. State Sen. Rob Bradley is asking his colleagues to keep the bill moving while he continues discussions with stakeholders. Patient advocates’ concerns about the state’s inability to implement a medicinal marijuana law now includes the fact that there is no House bill addressing the problems in the law that has drawn…

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Charlotte’s Web fix advances

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State Sen. Rob Bradley was the man in the arena at Tuesday’s Health Policy Committee meeting. He had to beat back challenges from two factions wanting changes in his SB 7066, a Charlotte’s Web fix (he prefers not to call it a glitch bill) and address complaints from stakeholders wanting an end to the bickering between regulators and growers over rules getting medicinal cannabis oil to the market. “We need to bring this to a close. Give us a regulatory…

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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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