With time running out, Florida Legislature remains split

Special session to include medical marijuana after all

When legislators wrapped up their regular 60-day session in early May, they had slashed money for Visit Florida, the state's tourism marketing agency, by two-thirds and scaled back the operations of the state's main economic development agency.

Last-minute scurrying between House and Senate Republican leaders has apparently resulted in a deal regarding the dispensary limits, according to Bradley. And his logic echoes a House move from the regular session this year-offering to pass a so-called continuation budget when initial spending talks reached an impasse.

As part of those negotiations, education funding for grades K-12 will increase by $100 per student over a year ago.

Lawmakers also approved a plan to carry out a November constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana before adjourning the three-day session.

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The House and Senate are still at odds over key budget provisions.

That led many observers to predict that lawmakers might miss the Friday evening deadline to end the session, much as they needed overtime to finish the state budget in May following a similarly chaotic process.

"Expanding Stand Your Ground would send a clear message to communities of color in Florida - that we are not welcome or safe in this state", said Lucy McBath, whose son Jordan Davis was killed by a man claiming Stand Your Ground defense. "We get you guys all worked up and then we come to a nice, smooth landing".

Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, confers with minority leader Sen.

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As questions linger on how Florida will regulate the medical marijuana industry, Katie LaGrone of ABC Action News takes you behind-the-scenes and beneath the soil to show you how one company is cultivating legal cannabis.

Morgan says a ban on smoking is not what voters wanted when they approved amendment 2 and he's not surprised at all the issue is being discussed during a special session. "Why do we even bother electing the full Legislature if a handful of power-brokers will make all of the decisions in secret?"

Rick Scott (R) has signed into law a strengthened version of the famous "stand your ground" law that was cited in the jury instructions in the 2012 trial for the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin that eventually acquitted neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. "And now, the Governor has freed up probably another billion through the vetoes". Democrats on Friday, however, assailed the measure as a "slush fund" for Scott.

"The bill will be consistent with the Senate goal of increasing the overall number of MMTCs that provide medicine to patients", Bradley said.

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Hovering over the session was the fate of HB 7069, a top Corcoran priority that contains $419 million for teachers bonuses and seeks to entice charter schools to compete against chronically failing public schools. The assemblage in Tallahassee was supposed to rubber-stamp behind-the-scenes deals on education and economic development.


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