medical marijuana

Area lawmakers say recreational pot coming

Area lawmakers say recreational pot coming

Recreational marijuana’s legalization in Florida is inevitable and could come within three years, according to Santa Rosa County’s two members of the state House of Representatives. “The whole movement about medical marijuana has really been about recreational use and it’s going in that direction,” said Rep. Alex Andrade, R-Gulf Breeze. Addressing the Gulf Breeze Area […]

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

1. WHAT A HOUSE RESOLUTION WOULD DO A resolution being voted on in the House would make it easier for Democrats to sue the Trump administration and other potential witnesses who refuse to comply with subpoenas. 2. BISHOPS MEETING ON SEX ABUSE CLOUDED BY STATE INVESTIGATIONS Lawyers are sifting through millions of records seized from […]

Navarre gives Gaetz warm welcome

Navarre gives Gaetz warm welcome

U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz was received positively by the packed porch of Dewey Destin’s in Navarre Saturday during his “Won’t Back Down Tour” through northwest Florida. The staunch conservative addressed a variety of topics during his Q and A with the public including increasing benefits to partially disabled veterans and limiting aid to foreign nations. […]

Court overturns state ban on smokable medical marijuana

Court overturns state ban on smokable medical marijuana

Smoking medical marijuana in the state of Florida is a constitutional right, according to a recent court ruling, but the more than 100,000 patients with chronic and debilitating illnesses in Florida who use marijuana for treatment are not safe to light up just yet. Just one hour after Leon County Circuit Judge Karen Gievers handed […]

Gaetz sponsors bill to expand medical marijuana research

Gaetz sponsors bill to expand medical marijuana research

In an effort to expand federal research into medical marijuana, U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz has proposed legislation to promote and protect that research. The Medical Cannabis Research Act of 2018 (H.R. 5634) was introduced April 26 and taken up by the House Judiciary Committee. Co-sponsoring Gaetz’s bill are 30 other Congress members from states across […]

Medical marijuana and federal laws locked in policy dance

Medical marijuana and federal laws locked in policy dance

While state laws across the nation are allowing more use of marijuana for everything from life-threatening illnesses to recreational highs, the drug remains illegal under federal law. The U.S. Department of Justice has largely let states slide due in part to what is known as the Cole Memorandum. Written in 2013 by then-Deputy Attorney General […]

Gulf Breeze enacts medical marijuana sales ban

Gulf Breeze enacts medical marijuana sales ban

Any potential controversy about the new City of Gulf Breeze ordinance that prohibits medical marijuana sales outlets within the municipality’s borders ended with no one speaking up in a public hearing on the matter Monday night. Without opposition from residents, the City Council voted 5-0 for the ban to start immediately. “The City Council finds […]

City council high on self

City council high on self

In November 2016, 70 percent of Floridian voters amended the state’s constitution to expand medical marijuana use for thousands of patients. Milton, Niceville and Crestview have decided to ignore these constituents by placing bans on medical marijuana dispensaries. Despite even higher levels of support – 79 percent – within their constituency, Gulf Breeze’s city council […]

Gulf Breeze nears medical marijuana sales ban

Gulf Breeze nears medical marijuana sales ban

The impending City of Gulf Breeze ordinance that prohibits medical marijuana sales outlets within the municipality’s borders leaves no room for misinterpretation—starting with its first words: “Ban imposed.” Written by the city’s paid staff at the direction of the elected City Council, the new law is tentatively slated to go into effect in mid-to-late August […]

Medical marijuana in Gulf Breeze squeeze

Medical marijuana in Gulf Breeze squeeze

The message from Gulf Breeze City Council to medical marijuana dispensaries: This town isn’t big enough for both of us. Despite the 70 percent statewide voter approval of the expanded sale of a non-euphoric form of the drug in November, the five-member Gulf Breeze panel is balking at allowing sales in this beachy community of […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 7

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 7

LAWSUIT CHALLENGES FLORIDA BAN ON SMOKABLE MEDICAL MARIJUANA Lawyer John Morgan filed the lawsuit Thursday, saying smoking marijuana is the best way to administer it to some patients. Morgan led the ballot effort that put medical use of marijuana in the state constitution with 71 percent voter approval. He said the language in the constitution […]

Getting medical marijuana no easy task

Getting medical marijuana no easy task

After more than 70 percent of Florida’s voters approved an amendment to the state’s constitution broadening allowable use of medical marijuana, law makers at the state and local level were scrambling to put regulations in place and sort out fact from fiction as Amendment 2 went into effect Jan. 3. As the Florida Senate Health […]

Gulf Breeze delays medical marijuana sales

Gulf Breeze delays medical marijuana sales

Although medical marijuana sales are supposed to be available in more Florida venues starting this week, the City of Gulf Breeze has enacted a moratorium of up to one year on dispensing and treatment centers within its borders. Acknowledging that 71 percent of state voters approved an amendment to the Florida Constitution in November that legalizes […]

Near-record numbers in election

Near-record numbers in election

Voters of Santa Rosa county turned out to vote in numbers not seen since the 2008 General Election, and before that you have to go all the way back to 1984 when the voter turnout was 70.28 percent of all registered voters.  In this 2016 election the percentage was 68.04.  In a heated presidential race […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 21

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 21

IN THE MARKET FOR A THRONE? CHECK OUT THIS ESTATE SALE A motorcycle, nativity statutes, mannequins and a gold-and-silver-painted throne are among the scores of items being sold off in a massive estate sale by The Holy Land Experience religious theme park as it deals with a financial crunch. The estate sale by the Christian […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 5

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 5

FLORIDA, VULNERABLE TO ZIKA VIRUS, GETS READY FOR FIGHT Florida Gov. Rick Scott says the state has three new cases of Zika and he’s adding a fifth county to his health emergency declaration. Scott said Thursday at a news conference in Tampa that the 12 cases in Florida are all from people who became infected […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 25

5 Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 25

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today. 6 companies vie for southwest Florida’s medical marijuana business The six nursery businesses that have applied to be southwest Florida’s medical marijuana dispensing organization are turning to prominent professionals in the Sunshine State and cultivation experts from […]

Breaking down Navarre’s votes in the 2014 election

Breaking down Navarre’s votes in the 2014 election

If Navarre ran the state, election results would be … exactly the same. Navarre’s six precincts voted similarly to the rest of the county and matched almost every election result. Both Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi received more support from Navarre, more than 74 percent, than they averaged around the state. Scott […]

Bondi and law enforcement fight Amendment 2

Bondi and law enforcement fight Amendment 2

A push to legalize medical marijuana use in Florida is being opposed by law enforcement officials, including Attorney General Pam Bondi and the Florida Sheriff’s Association. The measure will appear as Amendment 2 on the Nov. 4 ballot. People United for Medical Marijuana gathered more than 100,000 petitions in excess of the 683,149 required to put Amendment 2 on the general election ballot. Of those United for Care campaign petitions, […]

Gaetz’s marijuana bill clears final committee

Gaetz’s marijuana bill clears final committee

The Florida House Judiciary Committee voted 15-3 April 21 in support of a bill introduced by State Representative Matt Gaetz that would legalize strains of non-euphoric marijuana for the purpose of helping children with medical conditions that cause seizures. The bill’s next stop is a vote before the full House of Representatives. “Can not wait […]