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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

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Medical Marijuana is an issue attorney John Morgan says he

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Residents speak out to Pinellas legislators about marijuana and Medicaid listen

01/27/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Pinellas County, Medicaid, marijuana, Weed, Jeff Brandes, Larry Ahern, medical marijuana

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On Monday the Florida Supreme Court approved language for the medical marijuana constitutional amendment. Since last week it raised enough signatures, it will be on November's ballot.

Two supporters who signed up to address the Pinellas County Legislative Delegation didn

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Can John Morgan's medical marijuana group get enough petitions for ballot initiative? listen

12/13/13 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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Tags: medical marijuana, marijuana, John Morgan, United for Care, Janelle Irwin

Backers of a medical marijuana initiative in Florida need just under 700,000 certified petitions to get an amendment on the 2014 ballot. Because many petitions get thrown out by supervisors of elections, the group United for Care is aiming for 1 million. The deadline to have the required petitions is February first, but the group will need to have them gathered by early January to allosw time for supervisors to verify signatures and weed out duplicates.

Here is the summary of the United f...

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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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Tags: marijuana, medical marijuana, Pat Kemp, Ben Pollara, ballot, amendment

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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Tags: marijuana, medical marijuana, Florida Supreme Court

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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 firs...

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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 install be...

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