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Laura Goodhue

Capitol Reax: Medical marijuana, abortion restrictions, IT security, criminal justice

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Gov. Rick Scott signed a raft of bills into law on Friday, including ones to expand medical marijuana to more patients in need. The bill extends the Right to Try Act to include medical marijuana and also gives assurances to dispensing organizations that have already received a license from the department of state. Susan Driscoll, president of Surterra Therapeutics and managing director of Alpha Foliage, said in a statement: “Governor Scott and the Florida Legislature have helped a lot of…

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Florida lawmaker wants investigation of Planned Parenthood

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A Florida legislator wants a criminal investigation into Planned Parenthood, but the organization calls the request “politically motivated.” Rep. Charles McBurney, a Jacksonville Republican, asked for investigation in a letter Thursday to the head of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Gretl Plessinger, a spokeswoman for the agency, said FDLE would begin a preliminary review to determine whether the allegations are criminal. Planned Parenthood has come under congressional scrutiny after the release of secretly recorded videos that showed officials discussing…

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Today on Context Florida: Follow the money, health care solution, assisted living reform and women’s health

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Today on Context Florida: Darkening prospects that the House and Senate will mend differences over Medicaid expansion lead a casual (and maybe not so casual) observer to ask the obvious question. Why? Peter Schorsch says one possible explanation lies in an old axiom: Follow the money. Floridians send their hard-earned money to Tallahassee and to Washington. State Sen. Garrett Richter says we deserve a return on the money. To close our eyes and cross our fingers is not a solution.  “No”…

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