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Intersection: Rules For Implementing Medical Marijuana

The clock is running out for the Florida Department of Health to figure out the rules on medical marijuana use. Lawmakers approved a bill in special session to implement the constitutional amendment and the deadline for those rules is July 3rd. Intersection looks at the road ahead for medical marijuana: what it means for patients and growers in the Sunshine state.
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Florida agriculture commissioner Adam Putnam, who is running for Governor on the Republican ticket, holds a basket full of Florida shaped cookies at a campaign stop in Altamonte Springs. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE
Central Florida News

Adam Putnam Campaigns In Central Florida

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam says Governor Rick Scott has a good opportunity to wield his veto pen over the state budget. Putnam weighed in on the budget during a campaign stop in Altamonte Springs Tuesday. He’s part way through a bus tour of the state after launching his bid for Governor on the Republican ticket.
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Intersection: Florida’s Budget Deal

Florida lawmakers have struck a deal on an 83 billion dollar state budget. They’ll be back on Monday to vote. So who were the big winners and losers? What’s in it for environmental programs, healthcare and education? And what about the cut to the Orange – Osceola County prosecutor’s funding?
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

5 Year Old Treated with Medical Marijuana for Epilepsy

For a long time, Jacel Delgadillo wasn’t sure her son knew who she was. Five-year-old Bruno Stillo began having seizures as a three-month-old infant and soon after was diagnosed with Dravet syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy. Bruno would seize 300 to 400 times a day. The constant epileptic episodes left him unable to walk or talk. All that changed once he started using medical marijuana. Now his seizures are down to once a week and he’s learning to crawl, walk on a treadmill and can even use an iPad. Bruno got his first home delivery of low-THC cannabis earlier this year after the historic passage of Florida’s medical marijuana amendment last November. After expanding the number of conditions allowed …
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