The Scoop: Mon. June 17th, 2024 Tampa Bay and Florida headlines by WMNF

The Governor of Maryland pardons more than 100,000 people. Meanwhile, DeSantis comments on Florida's energy.
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Supporters of Florida constitutional amendments on abortion rights and recreational cannabis raise millions

A political committee leading efforts to pass a constitutional amendment aimed at ensuring abortion rights raised nearly $11.8 million.
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Mothers, cops, and vets rally behind $5M push for recreational marijuana

A $5 million statewide ad campaign is aimed at boosting support for a proposed constitutional amendment for recreational marijuana in Florida
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Joe Redner supports Florida recreational weed amendment despite its shortcomings

Joe Redner is best known for fighting the government over his world-famous Mons Venus strip club, but he garnered headlines a few years ago fighting for the right to grow his own medical marijuana. He...
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Ron DeSantis blasts Florida’s pot and abortion ballot questions

One would enshrine abortion rights in the Florida constitution and the other authorizes recreational marijuana for people ages 21 and older.
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Florida Supreme Court allows recreational marijuana on the 2024 ballot; then donations spike

Smart & Safe Florida announced Wednesday it had collected another $15 million to kick off the next phase of the pro-pot campaign.

Recreational pot will be on Florida’s 2024 ballot

A divided Florida Supreme Court approved placing on the ballot a proposed constitutional amendment to allow the recreational use of marijuana.
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Florida Supreme Court decisions on pot and abortion ballot measures are expected Monday

We may know Monday if Florida constitutional amendments on abortion rights and recreational marijuana will go on the November ballot.
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Will abortion or pot be on Florida’s ballot in November? We’ll have to wait to find out

The Florida Supreme Court did not release opinions about whether proposed constitutional amendments on abortion rights and recreational marijuana will go on November's ballot.
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Promoting the pot industry in Florida

A handful of Florida's medical marijuana operators have formed a trade association designed to “foster a thriving medical marijuana industry.”
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Florida lawmakers target hemp products with more regulations

Hemp farmers & small-business owners are pushing back against Republican lawmakers’ efforts to restrict sales of euphoria-inducing products.
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Learn more about these ten big issues to watch halfway through the Florida Legislative session

Florida’s annual 60-day legislative session reached its halfway point Wednesday. Here are updates on 10 big issues in the session.

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