Florida health department challenged on pot licenses
Heeding a legal blueprint laid out by an appellate judge, a Tampa-based orchid grower has filed a lawsuit accusing the Florida Department of Health of violating the state Constitution by delaying the issuance of nearly two-dozen medical marijuana licenses.
Russian court rejects Brittney Griner appeal of her 9-year sentence
A Russian court has rejected an appeal by U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner of her nine-year prison sentence for drug possession, a step that could move her closer to a possible high-stakes prisoner swap between Moscow and Washington.
Fugitive arrested in Flagler County after found asleep in truck with 338 grams of fentanyl, deputies say
A fugitive from Georgia was arrested in Palm Coast after he was found asleep in a truck with enough fentanyl that could “potentially kill the entire populations of Flagler and Putnam counties,” according to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office.
Years ago, DeSantis pledged to import cheaper medications from Canada. Here’s why it hasn’t happened
Nearly three years after Florida lawmakers approved a plan to import cheaper prescription drugs from Canada, Gov. Ron DeSantis expressed frustration Tuesday that the plan remains stalled in Washington, D.C.
Counterfeit prescription pills loaded with fentanyl a growing menace in overdose crisis. ‘It scares the hell out of me.’
The DEA says fentanyl has been passed off as legitimate painkillers, anti-anxiety drugs and medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It is also showing up in cocaine, methamphetamine and MDMA.chicagotribune.com
US Coast Guard seizes $411 million worth of drugs
The US Coast Guard has seized more than $411 million worth of drugs. Twenty-three thousand pounds of cocaine and nearly 9,000 pounds of marijuana were taken from drug smugglers Wednesday in the Pacific Ocean, authorities said. According to the Coast Guard, the drugs were being trafficked off the coasts of Mexico and Central and South America. [TRENDING: 250,000 chickens killed in fire | SpaceX launch to bring sonic booms | New stimulus could mean $600 direct payment]Multiple agencies and other countries, including the UK, were involved in seizing the drugs.
The unexpected winner on election night? Drugs
While we may not know if President Donald Trump or former Vice President Joe Biden won the presidential election for a while longer, there was one clear “winner” on election night, and that was recreational drugs. States across the country have been legalizing recreational marijuana every election cycle, and 2020 was no different. Residents in New Jersey, Arizona, Montana and South Dakota all voted to legalize recreational cannabis, and South Dakota also legalized medical marijuana, along with Mississippi. South Dakota became the first state to legalize medical and recreational marijuana in the same election. For the first time in U.S. history, the state of Oregon decriminalized possession of hard drugs, as well as voted to legalize psychedelic mushrooms.
President Trump heading to Florida this week
President Trump is planning to travel to Florida later this week. During his trip on Friday, Trump will focus on drug trafficking in South America. A White House official said Trump will visit the U.S. Southern Command in Doral for a briefing. Doral is in Miami-Dade County, which is currently experiencing a huge coronavirus outbreak. Miami-Dade County officials report the county has seen a 90% increase in the number of coronavirus patients being hospitalized in the past 13 days.
Complaints about Titusville home lead police to stolen guns, drugs
TITUSVILLE, Fla. – Complaints from residents about a home in Titusville resulted in police finding drugs and stolen firearms, officials said. According to police, half of the seized firearms had been previously reported stolen to law enforcement. Latasha Lanette Staley, 39, of Titusville is charged with felony child neglect. “This collective effort from police and community members resulted in taking multiple guns and drugs off the streets of our city”, said SIS Sergeant Troy Barbour. “This incident remains ongoing investigation by the Titusville Police Department,” officials said.
Generic drugs blocked from entering market
Generic drugs blocked from entering market Drug companies have developed maneuvers to delay entry of generic drugs. Companies tell doctors to transition their patients to a newer form of medication, one that has additional patent protection and is unlikely to go generic. Dr. Jon LaPook reports.cbsnews.com