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Senate panel OKs medical marijuana bill, speeds up pace for new licenses

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A Senate panel is moving forward with its version of a bill to implement the 2016 medical marijuana constitutional amendment, approving an amended version of the proposal during its meeting. The Senate Health Policy Committee approved a bill (SB 406), sponsored by Sen. Rob Bradley, that would implement the 2016 medical marijuana constitutional amendment. Facing a jam-packed agenda, members set aside just over an hour to tackle the bill and 15 amendments, leaving little time for public input and member…

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“Right to Try” expansion bill adding medical marijuana passes Senate panel

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A bill to allow terminally ill patients to use medical marijuana passed its first committee stop in the Senate on Tuesday, hours after a House panel OK’d a similar bill. Debate focused on eliminating roadblocks to care amid nearly two years of delays since a bill to allow low-THC cannabis derivatives was enacted in 2014. Bill sponsor Sen. Rob Bradley acknowledged the 2014 Compassionate Use Act passed by the Legislature “could have been better.” Asked by Sen. Don Gaetz – Senate president at the time…

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Andy Gardiner lays out Senate schedule for remainder of session

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Senate President Andy Gardiner announced a few programming notes following a more or less pro forma floor session late Wednesday morning. Among them: The 6 o’clock rule — which has been broken a handful of times this conference season, including an 8:45 meeting of the Education budget panel — remains in effect whether budget chiefs Richard Corcoran and Tom Lee come to agreement today or not. Gardiner’s final offers were more likely to emerge tomorrow. There will be a brief 9 a.m. floor session, in order to…

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