Florida Set to Change Burden of Proof in 'Stand Your Ground'

Lauren Perry
May 6, 2017

But House bill sponsor Jim Boyd, R-Bradenton, successfully urged the House to reject the Senate amendment, arguing that anyone possessing four or more grams of fentanyl was not an ordinary drug user. The measure now goes back to the House. In contrast, the House legislation would have limited each grower to 100dispensaries. Scott has seven days to take action if the legislature stays in session or 15 days if the legislature adjourns.

A potential deal collapsed Friday evening after the House amended its proposal (HB 1397) to impose a cap of 100 retail outlets for each of the state's medical marijuana operators, over the objections of some Democrats. The tax break would be in place for the next 20 years.

"This is an effort, Mr. President, to compromise".

"Addicts have no idea what they are buying", he said.

During floor debate, opponents raised concerns about legalizing marijuana at a time when opioid addiction is at crisis levels. "Towards the end, we started getting gradually closer and closer to where we wanted to be". Dick Sears, D-Bennington, chair of the Judiciary Committee, have maintained that any legalization bill must also have a path to setting up a regulated market. "SEIA applauds the leadership of Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues and Senator Jeff Brandes in working to pass this legislation".

Among the proposed changes in the amended Senate bill: limiting growers to opening up five retail facilities, an adjustment from the House version, which previously allowed medical marijuana treatment centers (MMTCs) to open unlimited facilities.

The House included several sweeteners to appease centrist Republicans and their conservative counterparts to amass the 217 votes that got the bill through. "My perspective now is the governor has to issue a veto threat".

Despite Corcoran's claim of historic K-12 spending, school superintendents across the state say the per-pupil increase of 0.34 percent, or $24.49 per student, is "alarming" and "not sufficient to meet the basic funding needs" of students.

Chief Physician at the Compassionate cannabis clinic of Venice Dr. Barry Gordon says the proposed bill will make recommending a patient for medical marijuana hard.

Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday declared a "state of emergency" in Florida because of an opioid crisis that has led to the overdose deaths of hundreds of Floridians.

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