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The state Legislature approved the use of certain strains of marijuana rich in cannabidiol, such as Charlotte’s Web, that have been found to help some patients.Associated Press (2014)

Barriers delay availability of approved medical marijuana

TALLAHASSEE — A bill attempting to get the implementation of the state's Charlotte's Web marijuana law back on track has created a new dilemma for its sponsor: how to make it equitable for black farmers. Under the existing law, only farms that have been in continuous existence for 30 years and grow 400,000 or more  …


  1. Florida senators visit Washington to discuss health care budget issues

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — With a $5 billion health-care budget breach between the House and Senate halfway through the legislative session, Senate President Andy Gardiner dispatched two of his lieutenants to Washington this week to meet with federal officials about key health issues involving care for poor and uninsured …

  2. Fish oil claims not supported by research


    Fish oil is now the third most widely used dietary supplement in the United States, after vitamins and minerals, according to a recent report from the National Institutes of Health. At least 10 percent of Americans take fish oil regularly, most believing that the omega-3 fatty acids in the supplements will protect their …

    The vast majority of clinical trials involving fish oil have found no evidence that it lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
  3. Mom of epileptic son caught in Charlotte's Web medical marijuana bureaucracy

    Human Interest


    Just as 13-year-old Branden Petro flops into the passenger seat of his mom's car, his eyes roll back. His face twitches uncontrollably. He curls into a fetal position.

    In a rare quiet moment, Renee Petro kisses her son, Branden, 13, who suffers from febrile infection-related epilepsy syndrome. She says medical marijuana helps him.
  4. U.S. House passes bill changing Medicare fee formula, extending children's insurance


    The House overwhelmingly approved sweeping changes to the Medicare system Thursday, in the most significant bipartisan policy legislation to pass through that chamber since the Republicans regained a majority in 2011.

    The legislation embodies a rare and significant agreement negotiated by the House Democratic leader, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, and Speaker John A. Boehner, an Ohio Republican.
  5. For mud runners, getting dirty is no obstacle for fun, grueling challenge


    Leslie Brosig hates running. Still, she sat on the grass lot outside Raymond James Stadium, lacing her shoes, preparing to take off in the seventh wave of what would be her eighth mud race.

    It’s not all mud and games at the Spartan Race. At last month’s race at Raymond James Stadium, competitors had to sprint across flaming logs to reach the finish line.
  6. Like Angelina Jolie, women at risk for ovarian cancer face complex decision (w/video)


    Actor and director Angelina Jolie has ignited another worldwide conversation about cancer, revealing in the New York Times on Tuesday that she had undergone surgery, at age 39, to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes to prevent ovarian cancer. As she did 22 months ago, when she announced that she had had …

    Angelia Jolie announced in an article she wrote for The New York Times that she has had preventative surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes, two years after having a preventative double mastectomy. [Getty Images]
  7. Lupron Depot slows Alzheimer's, study shows, but it may not matter


    A drug used to treat advanced prostate cancer and endometriosis stabilized memory in women with Alzheimer's disease for more than a year, according to a study conducted at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

  8. Shape up to ace the game of tennis, stay in shape


    Tennis is a sport for a lifetime, at any age or skill level. And it comes with many benefits, physical, mental and emotional. But tennis requires considerable endurance and involves nearly every muscle in the body. If you want to improve your performance on the court to reap the sport's benefits and to prevent injuries, …

    Sheen Cesare demonstrates a stationary lunge with weights.
  9. Shriners Hospitals for Children in Tampa makes custom wheelchairs



    Five days a week, the sick and disabled stop by Craig Kraft's workshop on the bottom floor of Shriners Hospitals for Children.

    Liam Geary, 5, of Lutz gives the Tiger Moth Ninja hand signal, from the book series, for his mother, Valerie Geary, while getting a wheelchair adjustment on March 16 at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Tampa. Liam was born with spina bifida.
  10. Popular weed killer deemed probable carcinogen by UN


    Associated Press

    LONDON — One of the world's most popular weed killers — and the most widely used kind in the United States — has been labeled a probable carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.