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Pot Back In Political Spotlight In FloridaVoters next November will almost certainly have the chance to again decide whether Florida should legalize medical marijuana, after narrowly rejecting an almost-identical proposal a year ago.
Family Ecstatic State Picks Med Pot Growers, Still Want More Change For Ailing SonA family is ecstatic that five Florida nurseries were chosen to grow medical marijuana in the state, but they fear it could be a little too late for their son if another change isn't made.
Medical Marijuana Industry Gets Off The GroundA select group of sick patients will now have access to non-euphoric medical marijuana after Florida health officials selected five "dispensing organizations" on Monday that can grow, process and distribute the special pot.
Florida’s Medical Marijuana Fails Those In NeedA new bill allowing medical marijuana in Florida appears to be making its way through the legislature but it may be too little to late, particularly for those who say they need it most.
Florida Lawmakers To Weigh In On Medical Marijuana BillsHouse and Senate panels are scheduled to consider two proposals allowing terminally ill patients to use medical marijuana, according to legislative calendars.
State Challenged Over Move To Drop Children's Cardiac StandardsAttorneys representing four children with serious heart conditions have challenged a move by the Florida Department of Health to repeal cardiac-care standards related to a program that provides specialized services to children.
State Softens Stance On Screening For Children's Medical ServicesUnder orders from an administrative law judge, the Department of Health on Friday held a hearing on a controversial new method of determining eligibility for Children's Medical Services --- and offered a compromise that could allow the department to resume enrolling special-needs kids.
State Eyes Repeal Of Standards For Pediatric Cardiac SurgeryA proposal by the Department of Health would reduce state oversight of hospitals where cardiac surgery is performed on children.
Health Dept. Says Pot Licenses To Be Awarded This Fall A day after facing criticism for the pace of carrying out a 2014 medical-marijuana law, the Florida Department of Health has announced that it expects to issue key licenses to five nurseries this fall.
Senate Panel Wants Answers From DOH On Children's Health ProgramsA Florida Senate panel on Wednesday demanded answers from a state Department of Health official about how many special-needs children have recently lost services as the state transitions to a new Medicaid system --- and why.
Senate Proposal Allowing Medical Marijuana For Terminally IllTwo key lawmakers have proposed allowing terminally ill patients a cannabis cure to help grapple with pain.
Medical Marijuana Licensing Delays Lead To FrustrationWith the Department of Health unable to say when licenses will be issued in the state's new medical-marijuana industry, a House Republican on Tuesday blasted delays in carrying out a 2014 law billed as helping children with severe epilepsy.
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