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Capital Report: April 5, 2024

Democrats in the Southeast are setting up abortion as a major election issue after the Florida Supreme Court released two opinions Monday (4/1) that could change the landscape of abortion access in the region. Regan McCarthy reports…..

Florida voters will get to decide this November whether they want to allow recreational marijuana in their state. The state supreme court approved language Monday (4/1) for a ballot initiative that would change the state constitution to allow the sale and consumption of cannabis for Floridians over 21. Trulieve, the largest medical cannabis company in the state, was the main financial supporter behind getting the issue on the ballot. Kim Rivers, the company’s CEO, spoke with Tristan Wood about the push to legalize recreational pot and how its adoption would affect the medical industry.

With plenty of bi-partisan voter dissatisfaction over the major party presidential candidates, it would seem this election cycle would be a great opportunity for a third-party contender. Tom Flanigan reports that’s not necessarily so, at least in Florida.

Broward County is finding itself under pressure to divert more money to the county’s charter schools. WLRN’s Christine DiMattei gets us started on that story.

A small, rural town in North Florida has lost its last mill. Manufacturing companies in Taylor County say the mills were no longer profitable and needed to close. Adrian Andrews spoke with local and state officials, who say hundreds of workers are now out of a job.