Today on Context Florida: EPA & BP, Diane Roberts, researching pot and college student food insecurity

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Today on Context Florida: The Environmental Protection Agency lifting the ban on BP, as they did in March, to Rick Outzen is like granting a pardon to a serial killer. BP’s history shows constantly putting American lives and our environment at risk, and now they are in our backyard, the Gulf of Mexico.

Bob Sparks writes that the Florida Department of State’s cancellation of a lecture by Florida State University Professor Diane Roberts elevated an under-the-radar lecture to a statewide cause celebre. The tempest boiled out of the teapot.

If the Legislature genuinely wants to make medical marijuana an issue, Barney Bishop thinks they should make it legal for research purposes. Lawmakers should fund studies at hospitals across the state for development, testing for consistency, procurement and distribution in clinical tests.

Some college students face food insecurity and can barely afford to eat, says Shannon Nickinson. What does it say about the middle class that six of this state’s universities need food pantries to help students get by?

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