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Opponents Launch Salvo Against Marijuana Amendment

Marijuana is cultivated at a growing operation in Oakland, California. In Florida, five organizations have been approved to grow and dispense medical marijuana.
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Opponents of a ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana gave a glimpse of their strategy Monday by releasing a video alleging the measure would lead to a plethora of "pot shops" similar to the marijuana industry in California. The video, posted online by the"Vote No on 2 Campaign" also compared the proposal to a medical-marijuana initiative that Florida voters narrowly rejected in 2014.

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Skiles Out As Coach Of Orlando Magic

FILE - In this March 1, 2016, file photo, Orlando Magic head coach Scott Skiles watches play late in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks, in Dallas. Skiles has stepped down as coach of the Magic. Skiles was 35-47 this season, his lone year leading the Magic. The team made the surprising announcement Thursday morning, May 12, 2016, saying Skiles informed them that he would not be returning. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

Following the conclusion of a frustrating regular season, Scott Skiles has stepped down as coach of the Orlando Magic after just one year. Skiles was 35-47 this season, his lone year leading the Magic — the team that he spent five seasons with as a player as well. The team said a search for a new coach is starting immediately.

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Justices Give Green Light To Stops Over License Plates

The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that police officers have broad authority to pull over motorists whose license plates are not fully visible. The decision rejected an appeal from a man who was charged with possession of cocaine, marijuana and paraphernalia after he was stopped by Orlando police because a tag light and wires were hanging down over the license plate on the vehicle he was driving. Evidence found during the stop led to the possession charges.

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Online Auction Halted For Gun Used To Kill Trayvon Martin

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 19,  2013, file photo, George Zimmerman, acquitted in the high-profile killing of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, listens in court, in Sanford, Fla., during his hearing. The pistol former neighborhood watch volunteer Zimmerman used in the fatal shooting of Martin is going up for auction online. The auction begins Thursday, May 12, 2016, at 11 a.m. EDT and the bidding starts at $5,000. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool, File)

The pistol that former Florida neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman used to kill Trayvon Martin was removed from the GunBroker.com website Thursday, minutes after the auction was to begin. Zimmerman had told an Orlando TV station that the 9 mm Kel-Tec PF-9 pistol was returned to him by the U.S. Justice Department, which took it after he was acquitted in Martin's 2012 shooting death. It was not immediately clear why the website took down the listing.

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