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Hillsborough Sheriff petitions for cash seized in raid of major meth dealer

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Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee is petitioning for the nearly $45,000 found during a raid that led to the arrest of a local drug dealer to be kept by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. In the Application for Ex-Parte Order Finding Probable Cause for the Seizure of Property, Gee asks the court to find probable cause that the money was used in violation of the Florida Contraband Act. In Florida, the application must be filed within 10 days of the…

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Players: Steve Kerr’s marijuana admission could spark dialogue

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David West has undergone four surgeries in his long NBA career: left knee, right elbow and right foot twice to fix a couple of toes. “I don’t even like saying all that,” he said. So, yes, just like his coach who tried medicinal marijuana to get some relief, West knows real pain. Draymond Green has never needed an operation – he knocks on a table not once but twice as to not jinx himself – yet he considers that the…

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Accused pot smoker looks to get gun returned from St. Pete Police

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After an arrest for possession of marijuana, a Pinellas County resident had a firearm confiscated by the officer who caught her smoking in downtown St. Petersburg. Now, 57-year-old Rebecca Marsh of Tierra Verde is filing a petition to have police return her .380 Ruger LCP. The police report said the gun and concealed carry weapons permit (CCW) would not be permitted to be brought into the jail, so a St. Petersburg Police officer put into an SPPD locker. On Sept. 13,…

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Amendment 2 for medical marijuana sweeps the polls with a huge win

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Florida’s Amendment 2, relating to the availability of medical marijuana to patients who need it, swept the polls with a 70 to 30 split on Tuesday night’s election. The amendment proposes to make medical marijuana legal for doctors to give out prescriptions to patients who need it. Last time out, it got 58 percent of the vote, but because it required a “super majority” of 60 percent, it didn’t pass. Supporters of the amendment say it’s a sensible alternative medicine…

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Mitch Perry Report for 11.3.16 – Guns, pot and minimum wage measures to be voted on next week across the country

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In Florida, we have two constitutional amendments on the ballot that will be decided next Tuesday. The way it looks now, it would be a major upset if Amendment 2, the medical marijuana initiative, fails to get 60 percent of the electorate’s vote. Then again, conventional wisdom was that it would pass in 2014, and it came up a few points short. There’s also Amendment 1, the solar power amendment, where the momentum seems to be going against it at the…

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Why 5 former Florida Supreme Court justices oppose Amendment 2

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As former Florida Supreme Court Justices, we once took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the State of Florida. Today, we urge all Floridians to protect and defend our constitution by once again voting “No” on Amendment 2. The amendment’s sponsors say they fixed the problems that caused Floridians to reject a similar amendment two years ago. We have read this revised amendment and have studied its impact. This amendment is still defective and again should be…

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Bob Buckhorn poised to sign law decriminalizing marijuana in Tampa

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The City of Tampa will join other towns across the nation in attempting to fight back on the war on drugs. On second hearing, the City Council on Thursday voted 5-1 to approve a new ordinance that decriminalizes the possession of marijuana. Tampa Police officers will now have the discretion of writing up a citation for anybody caught with less than 20 grams of pot. A first offense would be $75. A second would be $150, a third $300 and…

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