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Smoke this: John Morgan adds plaintiffs to marijuana lawsuit

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Medical marijuana advocate John Morgan has added three more plaintiffs to his lawsuit against the state, filed after lawmakers refused to allow marijuana to be smoked, according to court filings accessed Wednesday. Diana Dodson of Levy County, a cancer patient; Catherine Jordan of Manatee County, who has Lou Gehrig’s disease; and Roberto Pickering of Leon County, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder; all qualify to use medicinal cannabis under a constitutional amendment passed last year.

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David Simmons condemns Frank Artiles comments; calls for due process, suggests PTSD might be factor

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Republican state Sen. David Simmons sharply condemned racist and vulgar comments made earlier this week by state Sen. Frank Artiles.  The behavior is nothing new, Simmons said, but he puts his faith in the Senate’s due process to determine a judgment by the body. Simmons, of Altamonte Springs, then suggested that Artiles’ behavior might be a symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder — or some other circumstance — and the Senate needs to hear of any aggravating or mitigating circumstances before…

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Legislature makes slow progress on medical pot rules

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Florida’s voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment in November that formally legalized medical marijuana for chronic pain and other ailments, but with less than a month to go in their session, Florida legislators remain far apart on how to implement it. Bills in the Senate and House don’t agree on the details of expanding access to the drug, from adding pot distributors to deciding whether doctors can prescribe marijuana to people who haven’t been their patients for at least three…

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House bill advances to allow alternative treatments for Florida veterans suffering brain injuries, PTSD

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A Florida House subcommittee unanimously advanced a first-of-its-kind bill Monday to allow alternative treatments for veterans diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD). Treatments to be considered include music, art, horses, dogs, acupuncture, yoga and more. HB 55, sponsored by both Rep. Daniel Burgess and Rep. Frank White, looks to expand beyond the scope of simply prescribing drugs to vets suffering from the serious diagnoses of TBI and PTSD. The legislation would authorize the Florida Department…

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For firefighters, emotional stress often the deadliest enemy

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Battalion Chief David Dangerfield‘s nickname was “Super Dave,” a moniker the veteran firefighter had earned over the years for his cheerful, get-things-done personality. The leader of a fire department dive team in a quiet Florida beach community of 15,000 volunteered for charities helping kids and families and was the 2013 Treasure Coast Emergency Service Provider of the Year. But one Saturday night last month, Dangerfield posted a Facebook message that revealed a world of pain behind the brave facade. “PTSD…

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Mike Fasano-led charity drive nets $9K for New Port Richey therapy ranch

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Pasco County residents raised more than $9,000 for a New Port Richey ranch as part of a charity drive set up by Tax Collector Mike Fasano. “Kiddy Up Ranch would like to thank our wonderful tax collector’s staff and the people of our community for their fundraising efforts,” said Kiddy Up Ranch founder Tammy Harting. “We are so blessed to serve such a wonderful community.” The ranch provides “equine therapy,” a program that helps children and veterans with disabilities overcome…

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