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Judge: DOH should not have disqualified Gainesville medical pot applicant

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An administrative court judge said the Department of Heath should not have disqualified an application from a Gainesville nursery vying to be one the state’s medical marijuana dispensing organizations. In a ruling Friday, Judge R. Bruce McKibben said the Department of Health incorrectly disqualified Daniel Banks, the director of research and development for San Felasco Nurseries, for failing a level 2 background check. The application was tossed out because Banks pleaded no contest to possession of phenobarbital in Kansas in…

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Jim Rosica’s Top 10 stories of 2015 in state government

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From palace intrigues to pot, 2015 brought a plethora of material to the Capitol Press Corps. Trying to pick the top 10 state government stories is a subjective pursuit, to say the least, but here are the FloridaPolitics.com picks for the passing year: No. 1: The “firing” of Gerald Bailey Gov. Rick Scott actually forced out the state’s top cop in December 2014 but the repercussions of that move spilled well over into the new year. Scott originally announced Bailey’s…

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Lawmakers irked over delays in medical pot law

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Two lawmakers – one Republican, one Democrat – expressed frustration Tuesday over the state Health Department’s delay in putting Florida’s lone medical marijuana law into action. In 2014, the state legalized low-THC, or “non-euphoric,” marijuana to help children with severe seizures and muscle spasms. The department is charged with setting up a system to make sure sick kids can get the drug. At a meeting of the House Health Quality subcommittee, state Rep. Greg Steube asked the Health Department’s top lawyer: What’s taking…

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#4 on list of Tampa Bay’s Most Powerful Politicians — Jeff Brandes

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If Rand Paul is the most interesting man in politics (as he was labeled last fall by Time magazine), then Jeff Brandes is definitely on the short list for the most interesting lawmaker in Tallahassee. Though he skews right (sometimes extreme right, as when he was the only state senator who opposed the Joe Negron “hybrid” proposal on Medicaid expansion in 2013), he’s also got a strong libertarian bent that distinguishes himself from the majority of his GOP brethren. He…

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