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Drug Free America calls John Morgan lawsuit ‘disappointing’

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John Morgan’s lawsuit against the state for not allowing medical marijuana to be smoked is “disappointing,” but “not surprising,” said the head of the Drug Free America Foundation on Thursday. Morgan, the Orlando-based attorney and entrepreneur, backed the medical marijuana constitutional amendment that was OK’d by 71 percent of voters last year on the statewide ballot. He filed suit earlier on Thursday. “It is obvious that the goal of the Legislature, which puts the health and safety of all Floridians first, is in…

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Smoker’s widow fights for multimillion-dollar jury award

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A lawyer for the widow of a Florida man “addict(ed) to cigarettes” asked the state Supreme Court Monday to reinstate her $30 million jury award for punitive damages. Tallahassee attorney John S. Mills, who represents Joan Schoeff, told the court the conduct of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.(RJR)—in selling a product they knew was killing 500,000 people a year—stopped just short of “intentional genocide.” Mills called RJR “the worst of the worst,” saying the cigarette maker was aware their customers “were going to die and continued (selling cigarettes)…

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Court orders oral arguments in smoking death case

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The state’s highest court has set oral arguments in an appeal of a punitive damages award against the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. The Florida Supreme Court, which accepted jurisdiction this May, will hear the case March 8, court filings show. At trial, a jury found smoker James E. Schoeff 25 percent at fault in his death. He had “died from lung cancer caused by his addiction to cigarettes,” according to court documents.  The suit is one of many Engle progeny cases in which the court,…

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Supreme Court agrees to hear smoke case

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The state’s highest court agreed to hear an appeal of a punitive damages award against the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. in the case of a man who died from smoking, according to filings. The Florida Supreme Court accepted jurisdiction last Thursday, court dockets show. At trial, a jury found smoker James E. Schoeff 25 percent at fault in his death. He had “died from lung cancer ‘caused by his addiction to cigarettes,’ ” according to court documents.  It awarded his…

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Bill banning smoking in car with young children moves through Senate

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Smokers beware: there may be one less place you can light up in the Sunshine State. The Senate Health Policy Committee on Tuesday gave the nod to state Sen. Jeff Clemens‘ bill that makes it illegal to smoke cigarettes in a car if there’s a child under 13 traveling in the vehicle. The bill — SB 548 — isn’t limited to just the driver, though. Anyone who chooses to  to light up with young children in tow could be charged with a…

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Lucy Morgan’s tribute to Jeannie Malchon

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When news of her death at age 86 spread this week, one friend recalled the day Jeannie Malchon loaded all of her papers, charts and things in the back seat of her car as she headed out to yet another meeting. She threw the car in reverse and charged out of the garage, not realizing she had forgotten to close the back door of the car, which was wrenched backward. She got out, ripped the door off of its hanging…

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Michael Phelps caught smoking a bowl

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This is the astonishing picture which could destroy the career of the greatest competitor in Olympic history. In the photo, Michael Phelps, who won a record eight gold medals for swimming at the Beijing games last summer, draws from a bong.

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