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Florida Matters News Roundtable: CRC Bundling, Medical Marijuana And Political Races


This week on Florida Matters we'll talk about some of the latest news impacting our state during another edition of our monthly reporters’ roundtable.

Our guests include longtime political reporter William March and Tampa Bay Times health reporter Justine Griffin.

We discuss some of the political races heating up in Florida, including the race to fill former U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross’ (R-Lakeland) open House seat, Gov. Rick Scott entering the U.S. Senate race against incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson and Sarasota Congressman Vern Buchanan’s bid for re-election.

We talk about some of the proposed amendments recently approved by the Constitution Revision Commission and the controversy that aroused from those that bundle different issues.   

We also discuss some medical marijuana news: Florida recently hit a milestone of having over 100,000 patients registered to use medical marijuana; and Tampa strip club owner and stage 4 lung cancer survivor Joe Redner seems to have come out on top of a legal battle with the Department of Health to grow his own medical marijuana.

You can hear more conversation about the latest news, including the opening of the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art in downtown St. Petersburg, on our podcast Florida Matters More.

I cover health care for WUSF and the statewide journalism collaborative Health News Florida. I’m passionate about highlighting community efforts to improve the quality of care in our state and make it more accessible to all Floridians. I’m also committed to holding those in power accountable when they fail to prioritize the health needs of the people they serve.
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