Rick Stone http://wlrn.org en Pollsters Say Medical Marijuana Support Runs High In Most Florida Demographic Groups http://wlrn.org/post/pollsters-say-medical-marijuana-support-runs-high-most-florida-demographic-groups <p>If the latest poll is believable, nearly nine out of 10 Floridians are prepared to vote "yes" on the medical marijuana Amendment 2 in November.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Quinnipiac pollsters in Florida surveyed 1,251 registered voters on the medical marijuana question. The result? Overwhelming support: about 88 percent in favor. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Voters younger than 30 were the most enthusiastic, with 95 percent in favor. Voters older than 65 were the least supportive -- but, even there, the yeses were 83 percent of the total.</span></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:30:03 +0000 Rick Stone 36287 at http://wlrn.org Pollsters Say Medical Marijuana Support Runs High In Most Florida Demographic Groups Dueling Appeals Court Decisions Leave Obamacare Subsidies In Limbo http://wlrn.org/post/dueling-appeals-court-decisions-leave-obamacare-subsidies-limbo <p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:.2in;margin-left:0in; line-height:15.75pt"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Georgia;">Some<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>Obamacare<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>insurance subsidies were struck down by one court but upheld by another during a tumultuous day for the Affordable Care Act. One of&nbsp;the rulings is a direct threat to the tax credits that have recently helped thousands of Floridians buy health insurance.</span></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 01:36:13 +0000 Rick Stone 35978 at http://wlrn.org Dueling Appeals Court Decisions Leave Obamacare Subsidies In Limbo Sneaking A Peek At All Aboard's Fort Lauderdale Station http://wlrn.org/post/sneaking-peek-all-aboards-fort-lauderdale-station <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">All Aboard Florida -- the fast passenger rail that will connect Miami to Orlando through Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach -- unveiled plans for its Fort Lauderdale station on Tuesday.</span></p><p>The $30 million structure will straddle the Florida East Coast Railway tracks on Northwest Second Avenue between Broward Boulevard and Northeast Fourth Street, opening an overlooked and unattractive area near important downtown destinations to development and commerce.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:30:21 +0000 Rick Stone 35202 at http://wlrn.org Sneaking A Peek At All Aboard's Fort Lauderdale Station How A Boca Attorney Expects Charlotte's Web Rules To Affect Amendment Two Businesses http://wlrn.org/post/how-boca-attorney-expects-charlottes-web-rules-affect-amendment-two-businesses <p>Florida's new <a href="http://www.floridahealth.gov/healthy-people-and-families/office-of-compassionate-use/index.html" target="_blank">Office of Compassionate Use</a> has issued proposed rules for the regulation of Charlotte's Web, that buzz-free variety of marijuana the Legislature approved for limited medical use this year.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 22:27:54 +0000 Rick Stone 35156 at http://wlrn.org How A Boca Attorney Expects Charlotte's Web Rules To Affect Amendment Two Businesses Florida Gets Lion's Share Of Water Bill For Port Expansion, Everglades Restoration http://wlrn.org/post/florida-gets-lions-share-water-bill-port-expansion-everglades-restoration <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Florida is the big winner under the new </span><a href="http://transportation.house.gov/wrrda/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Water Resources Reform and Development Act</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, which President Obama signed last week. The bill carries $12.3 billion in infrastructure spending for the entire nation and $3 billion of that is coming to the Sunshine State.</span></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:22:56 +0000 Rick Stone 34125 at http://wlrn.org Florida Gets Lion's Share Of Water Bill For Port Expansion, Everglades Restoration How All Aboard Florida Could Remake Downtown Miami On Its Way To Orlando http://wlrn.org/post/how-all-aboard-florida-could-remake-downtown-miami-its-way-orlando <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">All Aboard Florida will be all about connections, hopeful developers of the high-speed passenger rail system told the city this week, and not just about the link from Miami to Orlando. Its Miami infrastructure, they said, would also become the glue binding downtown Miami to its special-purpose districts across today's barriers of blight and no-man's-land.</span></p> Thu, 29 May 2014 20:40:53 +0000 Rick Stone 33134 at http://wlrn.org How All Aboard Florida Could Remake Downtown Miami On Its Way To Orlando Florida's Medical Marijuana Law Would Out-California California, Opponents Charge http://wlrn.org/post/floridas-medical-marijuana-law-would-out-california-california-opponents-charge <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The group that wants you to vote "no" on legalizing medical marijuana this November has launched </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://voteno2.org/">a web site</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and produced </span><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKS37A_S0MM" style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>a video</strong></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Its media warns that Amendment Two is much more permissive and loophole-ridden than most people realize.</span></p> Mon, 19 May 2014 18:16:06 +0000 Rick Stone 32572 at http://wlrn.org Florida's Medical Marijuana Law Would Out-California California, Opponents Charge Conservatives: Support Immigration Reform, It Will Replenish The Workforce http://wlrn.org/post/conservatives-support-immigration-reform-it-will-replenish-workforce <p>Citing a more tolerant political atmosphere and a developing need for workers, leading Florida conservatives are calling on Congress to support and pass comprehensive immigration reform.</p><p>One good reason: &nbsp;It would renew the state's dwindling supply of warm bodies.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 23:15:29 +0000 Rick Stone 32411 at http://wlrn.org Conservatives: Support Immigration Reform, It Will Replenish The Workforce Charlotte's Web Bill Could Limit The Future Of Medical Marijuana http://wlrn.org/post/charlottes-web-bill-could-limit-future-medical-marijuana <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Somewhere on the quality scale between Internet scuttlebutt and peer-reviewed research, you'll find the case for medical marijuana. It relies mostly on the recent discovery of</span><a href="http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/11/04/tapping-medical-marijuanas-potential/?_php=true&amp;_type=blogs&amp;_r=0" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank"> the endo-cannabinoid system</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, an elaborate network of brain receptors that are activated by the components of marijuana to send comfort and cure to the human body.</span></p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 03:24:13 +0000 Rick Stone 31512 at http://wlrn.org Charlotte's Web Bill Could Limit The Future Of Medical Marijuana Marijuana Petitioners To Supporters: Thanks For The Signature, Now Give Us Your Vote http://wlrn.org/post/marijuana-petitioners-supporters-thanks-signature-now-give-us-your-vote <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">TALLAHASSEE -- The campaign to legalize medical marijuana in Florida took it up a notch this weekend with coordinated phone banking and outreach in 13 Florida cities. The objective? Make sure everybody who signed the ballot petition follows through with a vote on election day.</span></p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:16:56 +0000 Rick Stone 31086 at http://wlrn.org Marijuana Petitioners To Supporters: Thanks For The Signature, Now Give Us Your Vote Concern For Public-Records Access As Florida Legislative Session Nears End http://wlrn.org/post/concern-public-records-access-florida-legislative-session-nears-end <p>With two weeks to go in the lawmaking session, open government and ethics measures favored by watchdog groups are stalled in the Florida Legislature. There is a two-part concern about citizen access to public records.</p><p>The first worry is about the number of public-record exemptions that are pending this year. Barbara Petersen of the First Amendment Foundation says it's a dozen<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:54:29 +0000 Rick Stone 30915 at http://wlrn.org Concern For Public-Records Access As Florida Legislative Session Nears End Who Was That Tea Party Lady At The Solar Energy Rally With Charlie Crist? http://wlrn.org/post/who-was-tea-party-lady-solar-energy-rally-charlie-crist <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There was an odd moment at the Solar Uprising rally at the state capitol on Thursday, which Charlie </span>Crist<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> attended to be seen championing solar energy for our state.</span></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 22:37:13 +0000 Rick Stone 30616 at http://wlrn.org Who Was That Tea Party Lady At The Solar Energy Rally With Charlie Crist? Miami Legislators Will Eat On A Minimum-Wage Food Budget http://wlrn.org/post/miami-legislators-will-eat-minimum-wage-food-budget <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In Tallahassee, legislative Democrats are facing a time of store brands and junk food -- or so they say -- as they begin a week of subsisting on the state's $7.93 minimum wage. It's all in support of an effort to raise the minimum wage to $10.10. But&nbsp;the bill that would do that is stalled in the Legislature and it's very unlikely to pass this year.</span></p><p>Click below to hear the story.</p><p></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:03:16 +0000 Rick Stone 30545 at http://wlrn.org Miami Legislators Will Eat On A Minimum-Wage Food Budget Senate Film Industry Incentives Include Charges To Local Governments http://wlrn.org/post/senate-film-industry-incentives-include-charges-local-governments <p>Dramatic increases in state incentives to lure film and entertainment production to Florida may be on the way. But this time, local governments would have to pay to play. A bill approved in the Senate Commerce and Tourism&nbsp;Committee would charge counties where&nbsp;the productions take place 10 percent of the face amount of the producers' tax incentives.</p><p>Click below to hear the full story.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 21:07:38 +0000 Rick Stone 30445 at http://wlrn.org Senate Film Industry Incentives Include Charges To Local Governments Florida Senate Committee Aims To End Greyhound Racing http://wlrn.org/post/florida-senate-committee-aims-end-greyhound-racing <p>The Florida Senate's Select Committee on Gaming makes its last stand in Tallahassee this week with a couple of bills that could end greyhound racing in the Sunshine State. It's the only gambling issue that still remains within the committee's grasp.</p><p>Click below to hear the radio story:</p><p></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 10:03:50 +0000 Rick Stone 30301 at http://wlrn.org Florida Senate Committee Aims To End Greyhound Racing