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Florida Matters: What's Next For Medical Marijuana

Florida voters overwhelmingly approved Amendment 2 last November, expanding the state's medical marijuana program. But how is the government going to implement it?

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Florida voters overwhelmingly approved Amendment 2 last November, expanding the state's medical marijuana program. But how is the government going to implement it? 


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The Florida Department of Health is working to implement Amendment 2 as soon as possible. But public hearings have been contentious across the state. The raucous meetings were standing room only, with crowds cheering and booing.

Health News Florida’s Abe Aboraya has been following these hearings across the state. He talked about them with WUSF host Lisa Peakes as part of a Florida Matters episode on medical marijuana.

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Florida Power and Light announced Monday that it plans to build eight solar generators by early 2018. The plants will increase the company's solar capacity to nearly 1000 megawatts. 

Car Break-Ins Higher In St. Petersburg In 2016

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St. Petersburg residents have increasingly been the target of car break-ins since 2015.

In the last three months of 2016, the city saw a 53 percent increase in car burglaries compared to the same time a year ago.

Police Chief Anthony Holloway says that most of these crimes happen when people leave their cars unlocked or leave valuables in plain sight.

"If people just can remember to lock their vehicles and double-check and don't leave their valuables in their cars, we both can work on this together to reduce burglaries in vehicles,” he explained.

This week on Florida Matters we're exploring the current rules on medical marijuana in the state and what might be in store for the industry. 

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Florida wildlife officials say their annual manatee survey counted 6,620 of the sea cows — the most since the state began the census in 1991.

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Health News Florida recently reported on how some middle school students at Academy Prep in St. Petersburg conducted tests on the lead levels in their tap water.

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Police say a man and a woman are accused of killing their landlord in Florida and living with the body for two weeks while trying to decide how to dispose of it.

The head of the Florida Department of Corrections says her agency is doing its part to help make sure released inmates aren’t targeted by potential human traffickers.

Nursing Homes Fight Repeal Of ‘Certificate of Need’ Process

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As Florida's 2017 legislative session prepares to start March 7, the debate about repealing what is known as the "certificate of need" regulatory process has expanded to include nursing homes and hospice facilities — and has touched off a new wave of lobbying by industry groups.

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