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Treat medical marijuana “like medicine,” advocates say

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The right way to put the new constitutional amendment on medical marijuana into effect is to “treat (it) like medicine,” supporters said Tuesday.  The Senate Health Policy committee held its first workshop for the 2017 Legislative Session on medical cannabis implementation. “The states that have done it poorly, with a lack of regulation, allowed folks to market and advertise the notion of getting high,” said Ben Pollara, who leads Florida for Care, the organization advocating for “a strong, well-regulated medical marijuana system.”…

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Tampa City Council OKs decriminalization of pot possession

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Following in the footsteps of other localities around the state and the country, the Tampa City Council has approved on first reading a proposal to reduce the penalty for possession of small amounts of marijuana. The measure passed by a 6-1 vote on Thursday, with Council member Charlie Miranda, the lone dissenter. The proposal calls for a $75 fine for people found in possession of fewer than 20 grams of weed. A second offense would raise the fine to $150,…

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