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An interview with family of Tampa man killed in police raid over two dollars worth of pot listen

04/23/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: Jason Westcott, Tampa Police, marijuana, Patti Sillman, Israel Reyes, wmnf, Rob Lorei


Today Host Rob Lorei interviews the family of Jason Westcott, a 29-year-old man that was shot and killed during a police raid of his home in Tampa last year. He was previously advised by the same police department to arm himself against a potential intruder after uncovering a potential plot to rob his home. The Tampa Police were led to Westcott by an informant that claim...

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The economics of weed in Florida listen

03/02/15 Samuel Johnson
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: Weed, marijuana, pot, cannabis, economics, Florida


The concept of making money in the cannabis industry in Florida without marketing the plant brought entrepreneurs and business experts together. Organizers are poised to help launch marijuana minded businesses in Florida despite the obstacles.

The day long event Saturday was held in Ybor City. Medical or recreational weed is not legal in Florida but there is money to be made on things like hemp rope, rolling papers or vaporizers. Carlos Hermida of [Common Bond Collaborative](http://cbcg...

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St. Pete voters weigh in on governor, medical marijuana and Greenlight Pinellas listen

11/04/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: elections, St. Petersburg, St. Pete, marijuana, medical marijuana, Amendment 2, Greenlight Pinellas, Pinellas County, taxes, transit, light rail, Rick Scott, Charlie Crist


Probably the most closely-watched race in Florida is for governor.

Tuesday morning at the Coliseum in downtown St. Petersburg WMNF spoke with voters about who they supported for governor.

We heard from Henry Weinsheimer, Susie Buckley, Ross Johnson and Robin O’Dell.

Florida voters will also decide whether to add the right to use marijuana for medical purposes to the state constitution.

In Pinellas County, residents will decide to add a penny to the sales tax to fund transit an...

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Residents and panelists discuss medical marijuana in South St. Petersburg listen

10/22/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Amendment 2, medical, marijuana, cannabis, Eckerd, Bob Gualtieri, law enforcement, civil forefeiture, NORML, Washington Post, Sheriff's Association


A forum in South St. Petersburg last night brought together panelists who support and oppose the legalization of marijuana for medical use in Florida. Most of the residents who squeezed into the conference room in Childs Park support Amendment 2.

The nearly 40 people on hand overwhelmingly support passing the constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana. But one of the panelists, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, urges a “no” vote.


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Ferguson solidarity rally in St. Pete to end police violence and militarization listen

09/02/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Race, marijuana, Ferguson, police, police militarization, ACLU, police violence, Michael Brown, rally, arrests, St. Petersburg


Some citizens of St. Petersburg are outraged the at the militarization of the city's police and systemic racial inequality. They gathered in peaceful rally Saturday to show solidarity with the people of Ferguson, Missouri. The protesters' contempt for police injustice isn't a question of better police public relations; it goes much deeper.

Issues like ethnic injustice and inequality have reverberated around the country following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. So...

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John Morgan and Grady Judd spar during Lakeland debate on medical marijuana listen

08/29/14 David Byant
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: medical marijuana, John Morgan, Grady Judd, Pasco County, Lakeland, marijuana, Charlotte's Web, Amendment 2, Florida


In front of a raucous standing-room-only crowd of almost 700 people Thursday night, six panelists argued in favor or against Amendment 2, the Florida medical marijuana initiative, which voters will decide on November 4. The forum was held at Harrison School of the Arts in Lakeland on August 28. As the moderator, Lakeland Ledger Editor Lenore Devore, pointed out, it was designed to be an educational session, not a debate. Audience members were encouraged not to applaud or speak out, but the ra...

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Charlie Crist says if elected he'll reconvene annual climate change summit listen

06/16/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Charlie Crist, Florida, Rick Scott, economy, The Everglades, Cuba, jobs, environment, marijuana, Space X, Elon Musk, education, Steve Kornell, Saint Petersburg, climate change


If Charlie Crist is re-elected governor this year he says he will reconvene two environmental summits that were held at the beginning of his previous term as governor. One hundred or so Crist supporters were on hand Saturday to help launch a new St. Petersburg campaign office.

During his first two years as governor, Crist convened what were billed as annual summits on global climate change. But then, in his last two years as governor the [summits stopped without notice](https://www.wmnf.or...

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Medicinal marijuana debated at Suncoast Tiger Bay club listen

06/04/14 Ashley Whitney
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: marijuana, medical marijuana, Tiger Bay, St. Petersburg, drugs, Florida, Constitution

Is Medical Marijuana an illicit drug? If Florida voters approve Amendment Two in November, will the Department of Health be able to regulate its distribution, and what consequences will Floridians suffer if loopholes in its legislation arise? Members of the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club gathered in St. Petersburg Wednesday to ask these questions.

Lana Beck of the Drug Free America Foundation opposes the amendment.

“But I’d like to leave you with just asking if you would please read the a...

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Faith-based activists call on reduction of juvenile arrest rates listen

04/07/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: juveniles, law enforcement, school to prison pipeline, marijuana, FAST, Nehemia

Juvenile arrest rates are the focus of a faith-based group in St. Pete meeting Monday night. The group FAST, which stands for Faith and Action for Strength Together is co-chaired by Reverend Willie McClendon. He says the group is asking elected officials to embrace a statewide program that allows police officers to issue civil citations to juveniles for non-violent offenses, like marijuana possession.

McClendon expects about 3,000 interfaith activists at the rally in Tropicana Field Monda...

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Attorney John Morgan pushes medical marijuana amendment at Tampa political forum listen

02/21/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: John Morgan, medical marijuana, marijuana, Tampa Tiger Bay, Charlie Crist


Medical Marijuana is an issue attorney John Morgan says he’s fighting to bring to Florida, for the people. Morgan answered questions at a Tiger Bay Club of Tampa luncheon Friday where he said it would be a law of compassion.

Morgan first became interested in ...

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