Medical Marijuana

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TALLAHASSEE (The News Service of Florida) — Florida appears ready for medical marijuana.

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Florida voters will decide this November whether the state will become the 22nd in the nation to legalize marijuana for medical use, and debate on the issue will likely continue until Election Day.

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A recent University of North Florida poll showed some interesting early numbers in this year's upcoming gubernatorial election.

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A bill legalizing a strain of medical marijuana used to treat seizures in children is expected to make its first appearance in the Florida Senate this week.

The marijuana, called Charlotte’s Web, has a much lower amount of T-H-C than recreational pot, so it doesn’t get users high.

The measure to legalize it is headed to the Senate Health Policy Committee which is chaired by Senator Aaron Bean.

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Florida may soon become the latest state to allow doctors to prescribe marijuana. Advocates there are gathering signatures to put a medical marijuana referendum on the fall ballot.

But Florida's Legislature may act sooner to allow residents access to a particular type of marijuana. Advocates say the strain called Charlotte's Web offers hope to children with severe seizure disorders.

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A petition for a ballot initiative asking Florida voters to legalize medical marijuana might be headed for a photo finish.

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The organization trying to legalize medical marijuana in Florida is baffled and annoyed by a PolitiFact conclusion that their proposal would create one of the least regulated environments for medical marijuana in the country.

Ryan Begin hasn't always been the life-loving pot smoker he is today. Back in 2005, the sergeant nearly lost half his arm to an IED while serving in Iraq and was sent home for reconstructive surgery. Upon his return to Belfast, Maine, Begin was plagued by physical pain and outbursts of aggression. He was prescribed a cocktail of drugs as his treatment.

"They took the soul out of me. All that stuff, it drained my soul, it blackened my soul," Begin says.

Begin's mother, Anna, noticed the prescription drugs seemed to exacerbate his post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms.

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A recently released Quinnipiac poll shows Charlie Crist holding a seven point lead over incumbent Gov. Rick Scott in Florida's 2014 gubernatorial race.

At the same time, Crist’s party switch from Republican to Democrat, and his support of an increasingly unpopular President Obama and his health care law, could also impact the race.

Governor Scott is expected to raise a record setting $100 million in his reelection bid.

Meanwhile, Florida Democrats are ponying up for Crist; his campaign passed the $1 million dollar mark over the Thanksgiving holiday.

A new Quinnipiac poll looking at Florida's gubernatorial race and the hot issue of medical marijuana shows some interesting results.

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A Financial Impact Estimating Conference report concluded Monday that the cost of medical marijuana in Florida could not be determined due to uncertainty regarding taxation of the plant.

Although the Department of Health estimates the annual cost for Florida would be roughly $1 million, the FIEC report would be more-accurate if marijuana sales taxes were clear.

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