Update 12 May 2016: The Department of Corrections has extended the contract (with revised terms) for Bradenton Bridge. An all-female inmate transitional facility in Bradenton could close soon because its contract has not been renewed by the state. The re-entry center provides substance abuse services and has a popular jobs program. Catherine Rodeheaver got a… Read more »
On Monday in Tampa, The Hillsborough County Sheriffs office said in a letter recited at a meeting of interfaith congregations that it will not extend its civil citation program for misdemeanor marijuana possession to juveniles. At the annual Nehemiah action meeting for The Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality, an interfaith coalition of over 20… Read more »
Tampa City Council voted 6-to-1 Thursday afternoon to give police the discretion to issue a civil fine instead of an arrest if someone is caught with less than 20 grams of cannabis; the only no vote was from Charlie Miranda who is worried that much of the city’s crime is because of drug deals gone bad…. Read more »
The St. Petersburg City Council wants people caught with small amounts of marijuana to be fined rather than arrested for a misdemeanor. In case neither the state nor Pinellas County makes those changes to the law, Council has asked its legal staff to write an ordinance to give people caught with less than 20 grams… Read more »
Today on Radioactivity, we listen back to an interview from April with the family of Jason Westcott, a 29-year-old man shot dead by Tampa police last year during a police raid on his home in Seminole Heights. He was previously advised by the same police department to arm himself against a potential intruder after uncovering a… Read more »
By Rob Lorei Today we look at the latest developments in a statewide push to regulate recreational marijuana. Activist group Regulate Florida announced yesterday that it will be ending its campaign to make cannabis completely legal for adults over 21, citing a lack of petition signatures and funding needed to get the issue on the… Read more »
By Rob Lorei Today our guest is Dr. Darryl Paulson, professor emeritus of government at USF St.Petersburg, to talk about how the state crackdown on pill mills and prescription drug abuse has made it harder for actual pain sufferers to get the medication they need. At one point, Florida was ground zero for prescription drug… Read more »
By Rob Lorei With recreational pot legal in Colorado, Oregon, and Washington and legal medical marijuana initiatives being considered around the country, the cannabis industry is set to becoming a booming business, possibly bigger than the organic food industry, according to one study. We discuss legal issues regarding the commercialization of marijuana is one of… Read more »
By Rob Lorei Today we have the November edition of The Fairness Doctrine, a debate show moderated and produced by Jennifer Sullivan, host of TV show, also host of the TV show On the Table With the Green Party. This episode’s topic of the debate is medical marijuana. Advocates are pushing for a new amendment… Read more »
There’s a new effort to make marijuana legal in Florida – nope, not just medical marijuana. We’re talking legal recreational use of marijuana by adults; a new group will announce its new voter initiative this week. It’s called Regulate Florida and it is an effort to amend the state constitution to legalize and regulate marijuana… Read more »
An amendment to legalize medical marijuana failed to pass last November, but there is an renewed effort for the 2016 ballot. United for Care is once again working to collect the 700,000 signatures and supreme court clearance to put medical marijuana up to vote. According today’s guest,United for Care campaign manager Ben Pollara, the new… Read more »
A local Drug treatment finders Ohio is fighting back against a float in the Temple Terrace Fourth of July parade she says gives kids the wrong message — promoting marijuana smoking. WMNF interviewed Ellen Snelling, board chair of the Hillsborough County Anti-Drug Alliance. During the interview we referred to some quotes in this Tampa Tribune… Read more »
The science of weed: interview with National Geographic cover story author
Ben Pollara weighs in on medical pot
An interview with family of Tampa man killed in police raid over two dollars worth of pot
Deggans and USF professor Roy Kaplan about how might decriminalization of drug possession affect racism
The Chicago Mayor’s race & outright legalization of pot in Florida
The concept of making money in the cannabis industry in Florida without marketing the plant brought entrepreneurs and business experts together.
Trying to measure what a drugged driver is
The bid for Medical marijuana in Florida went up in smoke last night. Amendment 2 got 58% support – not enough for the 60% needed to pass.
A forum in South St. Petersburg last night brought together panelists who support and oppose the legalization of marijuana for medical use in Florida.
Today on Radioactivity we discuss why Florida is lagging behind northern states when it comes to creating green jobs.
United for Care’s Ben Pollera pushes back on new poll that shows Amendment 2 losing
Today on Radioactivity airs a Medical Marijuana Forum from a few days ago that The Ledger sponsored
John Morgan and Grady Judd spar during Lakeland debate on medical marijuana