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The Point, March 19, 2019: Smoking Medical Marijuana Is No Longer Illegal In Florida

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The last criminal case stemming from the October 2017 shooting following the Richard Spencer speech in Gainesville has come to an end. A judge handed the driver in the case, Colton Fears, a five-year prison sentence yesterday. “You were plenty old enough to know better in what you were doing,” the judge told him. (WUFT News)

Silver Springs is slowly allowing hunting again after it was banned in 2015. Families are eager to get back to doing what they love: “It’s peaceful, it’s just a good challenge all the way around for all game.” (WUFT News)

• A vigil was held on the University of Florida campus last night to honor the 50 lives lost in Friday’s shooting in New Zealand. (WUFT News)

• Today, Gainesville voters decide who their next mayor and District 4 city commissioner will be, as well as whether to establish a charter review commission. (WUFT News)

• Fines levied against an Alachua County commissioner who’s also a landlord in the county could lead to a policy change and possibly even the end of the county code enforcement board. (Gainesville Sun)

Increased bear activity caused Juniper Wilderness in the Ocala National Forest to close for a month. It is now open during daylight hours. (WUFT News)

• If you’re wondering where the booms are coming from on the UF campus today, this would be the source. (WCJB)


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Around the state today

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation Monday to repeal the ban on smoking medical marijuana in Florida, two years after his predecessor enacted it. (AP)

• After Hurricane Michael, many cancer patients were left without care. The Florida Cancer Affiliates in Panama City reopened a week after the hurricane hit and worked continuous hours to make sure cancer patients received the care they needed. (Panama City News Herald)

• State Attorney General Ashley Moody wants local governments to respect immigration laws and supports a state Senate proposal that would allow her to file civil actions if those laws are not respected. (News Service of Florida)

• The FBI has been asked to investigate a former Florida massage parlor owner who was reported to have access to President Donald Trump and Chinese executives. (Miami Herald)

• Counties that were affected by Hurricane Michael are in line to receive more than $5 million a year. Some of the money will go to infrastructure and workforce-training programs. (Northwest Florida Daily News)

• “I don’t know if we’re taking a step backwards,” Tampa’s first woman mayor says, but for the first time in almost 50 years, Tampa City Council will be all men. (Tampa Bay Times)

• After missing the first few weeks of this year’s legislative session, State Representative Kristin Jacobs has returned to work in Tallahassee after undergoing cancer treatments. (Sun-Sentinel)


News from NPR

• World: Stomach Of Dead Whale Contained ‘Nothing But Nonstop Plastic’

• World: Utrecht Shooting: Suspect Arrested After Manhunt; 3 Died In Tram Attack

• Politics:  Supreme Court To Take Up D.C. Sniper Case, Raising Issue Of Sentencing Minors

• World: ‘Shocked’ New Zealand Rifle Club Revokes Membership Of Mosque Shootings Suspect

• Health: Former Physician At Rikers Island Exposes Health Risks Of Incarceration

• Business: Why The Promise Of Electronic Health Records Has Gone Unfulfilled

• National: Blind Runner And His Trio Of Guide Dogs Make History In NYC Half Marathon

About Kylie Adkins

Kylie is a reporter for WUFT News who can be reached by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing news@wuft.org.

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