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Cities face ‘all or nothing’ choices on medical marijuana

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Florida cities and counties are in a dilemma about pot. State lawmakers approved regulations in June that left city and county officials with a Hobson’s choice about the sale of medical marijuana in their communities.

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William Peebles’ firm rakes in $310K in Q2 lobby fees

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The two-lobbyist governmental relations firm William J. Peebles, PA, operated by the firm’s namesake along with John Wayne Smith, reported earning more than $300,000 during the second quarter of 2015, according to recently submitted compensation reports. The boutique shop’s list of clients heavily tilted toward local government clients: nearly all of the Peeble’s 22 legislative and 21 executive lobbying clients were municipalities or related entities. The City of Tampa and Florida Municipal Insurance Trust were the highest-paying of the firm’s legislative clients, contributing between $20,000-$29,999…

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