Today on Context Florida: December session, crime & punishment, Peyton & Holley Moseley and warning shots

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Today on Context Florida: Peter Schorsch describes the circumstances around a potential rare December special session of the Florida Legislature, after Democrat Charlie Crist unseats Republican Rick Scott in the most expensive gubernatorial race in state history. The GOP will be plotting how they could limit the power of the first Democratic governor since Buddy McKay served out the final days of Lawton Chiles’ second term.

Crime and punishment in Florida needs a “fresh look,” says Director of Florida TaxWatch Center for Smart Justice Dan McCarthy. The state should follow the lead of bipartisan Over-Criminalization Task Force, organized to scrutinize 4,500 felonies criminalized by federal law.

Rick Outzen looks at the efforts of Peyton and Holley Moseley, the leading advocates in Florida to legalize Charlotte’s Web, a strain of cannabis that may help hundreds of thousands of children deal with their epileptic seizures.

The Legislature recently passed a “warning shot” bill, which Steve Kurlander says allows a person without a criminal record to pull a gun and fire a warning shot if the person feels he or she is at risk of serious injury or death. That the protection does not extend to felons is questionable, he adds.

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