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Pat Kemp talks with Ben Pollara of United for Care about medical marijuana listen

12/10/13 Patricia Kemp
Last Call Tuesday
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Pat Kemp talks with Ben Pollara, of United for Care, the campaign to put medical marijuana on the Florida ballot in 2014.

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Florida Supreme Court hears arguments on proposed medical marijuana amendment listen

12/05/13 AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi's office is arguing that a proposed constitutional amendment allowing marijuana for medical reasons would go beyond what voters would be led to believe.

That's the case a lawyer for Bondi made before the Supreme Court Thursday in an effort to keep the proposal off the 2014 ballot.

Allen Winsor told the court the ballot summary says medical marijuana would be used for debilitating diseases, but the full language of the amendment allows it to be used f...

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Medical marijuana may hit Florida ballots in 2014 listen

10/22/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: medical marijuana, John Morgan, United for Care, marijuana, drugs, elections

A group called United for Care is in the midst of a ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana in Florida.

The organization is headed by prominent central Florida attorney, John Morgan.

WMNF spoke with Ben Pollara, the campaign manager for United For Care about where the effort is at and what still needs to be done.

"There are thousands upon thousands of people in the state of Florida who are suffering from diseases and conditions where their lives can be dramatically improved...

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Medical cannabis advocates gather at Tampa film premier listen

06/11/13 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Despite a federal prohibition, several states allow medical marijuana, though it’s outlawed in Florida. The film American Drug War 2 focuses on a two-year-old boy's struggle with cancer during and after he was treated cannabis. The premier was held last Thursday at Westshore Movie Theater in Tampa

Cathy Jordan is president of the Florida Cannabis Action Network. Jordan has ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig's disease and understands fi...

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Florida's ban on bongs looks imminent

04/26/13 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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The Florida Senate, Friday, approved legislation that would ban drug paraphernalia used to smoke marijuana. The ban on bongs was introduced by St. Petersburg area Rep. Darryl Rouson who is an admitted ex-addict. If signed by Governor Rick Scott, the law would take effect on July 1st.

Sellers would be charged with a misdemeanor for first offenses. Subsequent offenses would be a third degree felony.

Critics are outraged over the decision arguing that Florida has it backwards. Several ...

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A look at the candidates for Pinellas Sheriff listen

11/01/12 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Next Tuesday Pinellas County will be choosing a sheriff. The race is between Democrat Scott Swope, incumbent Republican Bob Gualtieri and write in candidate Greg Pound. Candidates agree on efficiency measures. They differ only on which ones to implement.

During a town hall meeting last month in Saint Petersburg candidate Scott Swope said sheriff Bob Gualtieri has the wrong priority. He called it “mismanagement”. To insure public safety Swope would instal...

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"Too High To Fail" author Doug Fine looks at the potential of legalizing marijuana

09/27/12 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Journalist Doug Fine spent most of 2011 in the hills of Northern California's Mendocino County, where he discovered that county law enforcement was issuing permits to cannabis cultivators for a fee. His book Too High to Fail gives readers an in-depth look at the burgeoning legal cannabis industry and its potential to boost the economy.

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Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson discusses his quest for the Republican Presidential nomination

12/12/11 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Coming up we'll talk with former two-term New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson. Johnson will be in Clearwater this evening. The former business owner is a triathlete and he's running for the GOP Presidential nomination. He's a fiscal conservative who is liberal on social issues.

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Interview with hydroponics shop owner whose customers were spied on by Pinellas Sheriff's Department

12/05/11 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Coming up this hour we'll talk with Dawn Bednar who is one of the owners of Simply Hydroponics and Organics (FMI hydrodawn@yahoo.com). Yesterday in the St. Petersburg Times there was a story about how Pinellas sheriffs deputies had placed a camera on a poll outside her business in Largo. The deputies were photographing customers who were going in and out of her store, looking for people who were growing marijuana in their homes. Bednar says that her customers are legitimate and should not ...

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Is it past time to legalize cannabis?

08/04/11 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Dr. Christopher Glenn Fichtner, M.D., author of the book: Cannabinomics: The Marijuana Policy Tipping Point.

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