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Medical Marijuana Comes To Florida

The Florida Department of Health recently approved five growers to produce low-THC strains of medicinal marijuana. An Alachua County grower, Chestnut Hill Tree Farm, was among the five selected. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons Flickr.

An Alachua County grower was among five selected by the Florida Department of Health to  grow and sell medical marijuana to patients who qualify under the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act. The organizations selected will grow low-THC cannabis, the primary psychoactive chemical compound. Chestnut Hill Tree Farm in Alachua City was approved to grow …

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Local Organizations Discuss Refugee Resettlement, Prepare For Syrians

Two boys celebrate in the airport after officially entering the U.S. as registered refugees. The process of how refugees are screened for entry into the U.S. has generated new interest in the wake of the Syrian refugee crisis and the Paris terror attacks. Photo courtesy of Catholic Charities of Jacksonville.

Recent world news about Syria and Rick Scott’s statement to block the relocation of 425 Syrian refugees has led refugee resettlement to become a more high-profile issue. Refugees experience an extensive screening process when coming to the U.S. After coming through the state department, resettlement organizations are available to help refugees get assimilated into society.

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Behind The Brewing Battle Over Solar In the Sunshine State

Solar panels installed by ECS Solar Energy Systems provide Pearl Country Store with  about 30 percent of its electricity. (Lindsay Alexander/WUFT News)

Alachua County Commissioner Mike Byerly said he paid about $20,000 to install a solar power system for his home near Micanopy, Florida. He said his family wanted to reduce its carbon footprint, and it was a good financial investment because he no longer pays power bills. His home is completely …

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New Bill Aims To Encourage Boating Safety

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A new bill proposing the use of emergency locator devices known as beacons on boats will offer a 25 percent discount on annual registration fees if boaters purchase this device. The bill is targeting boating safety due to the boys lost at sea in the Jupiter Inlet.

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Campus Carry Measure Advances In House

A proposal that would allow concealed-weapon permit holders to bring handguns onto college and university campuses moved forward Wednesday in the state House. The measure is one of several proposals that would expand the rights of people who have concealed-weapons licenses. Leaders of the state university system have opposed the campus-carry proposal.

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