Some Florida lawmakers consider capping amount of THC in medical marijuana

first_imgSome lawmakers are worried Florida medical marijuana patients are getting too high or even addicted to weed. Now, they are considering capping the amount of THC a patient can legally have access to.As it stands, THC ranges 15% to 25% in medical marijuana. But some Florida lawmakers want to reduce the amount of THC to just 10%.Steven Shea is a medical marijuana patient who carries his state medical card that he and others like him must renew annually. He said he has personally seen the results medical pot can have. Florida teacher fired for medical marijuana use March 26, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Cape Coral doctor offers medical marijuana discount as COVID-19 vaccine incentive June 11, 2021 AdvertisementTags: medical marijuanapolitics Florida city employee fired over legal medical marijuana use March 29, 2021 Advertisement Dr. Bertha Madras is a professor of psychobiology from Harvard Medical School and told lawmakers in Tallahassee Tuesday that marijuana has not gone through a rigorous FDA process compared to other drugs.Dr. Madras also warned lawmakers of her concern with the high THC levels patients have access to.“The consequences are a greater high. There’s more tolerance that can develop. There is a more addictive potential,” Dr. Madras said.However not everyone agrees. “Marijuana is medicine — it helps relieve symptoms of debilitating conditions and improves patients’ quality of life. Installing an arbitrary THC cap will limit the impact of the flower and increase costs, which could force patients to seek alternatives on the black market,” said Nikki Fried, Florida commissioner of agriculture. “Decisions about treatment should be left between doctors and patients, not politicians.” Dr. Heather Auld runs the Compassionate Cannabis Clinic in Fort Myers. She is against capping THC.“What if we gave the same dose of antibiotic to everybody — would that be the right thing? What if we gave the same antibiotic to everybody. Would that be ok? I don’t think so,” Dr. Auld said.She feared watering down the potency could have consequences for many patients.“Capping it at 10% would really push a big segment into the black market again number one,” Dr. Auld said.She invited any lawmaker considering the cap to join her on the job.“Follow me a day in my office, and they’ll see the patients that we have, and they’ll see that they got off their narcotics,” Dr. Auld said.Currently, there is no bill to cap THC. There was one introduced in 2020, and it failed to gain any steam. Advertisement“My mom spent roughly 5 years fighting against lung and brain cancer,” Shea he said.He opposes any cap on the amount of THC in pot.“I don’t know any medical professional who would come in and say ‘hey we’re going to cap the amount you can get in order to help with what you’re going through,”’ Shea said. RELATEDTOPICS Advertisement AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Bill that caps THC potency in medical marijuana moves forward in Florida House March 10, 2021last_img read more

Man leads deputies on chase to downtown Fort Myers after traffic stop

Advertisement Tags: downtown fort myersLCSO Detours & delays expected in Downtown Fort Myers until Wednesday June 8, 2021 LCSO deputies investigate Words With Friends “romance scam” June 16, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Advertisement Lee County deputies arrest five men for Island Vista robbery June 4, 2021 At this time Ortiz is facing charges of Battery on LEO, Fleeing and Eluding, and Aggravated Assault with a Vehicle. Additional charges might be added, according to authorities. This is a developing story FORT MYERS, Fla.– A man led authorities on a chase to downtown Fort Myers after hitting a deputy with his car during a traffic stop.Deputies with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on Pondella Road in North Fort Myers on Thursday.A driver, later identified as Victor Rivera Ortiz, 36, refused to listen to law enforcement’s instructions, allegedly knocking an LCSO deputy to the ground. While driving away from the area, the man allegedly tried to run over a deputy with his car. It is unknown if the deputy was injured. LCSO among law enforcement agencies deploying officers to Texas, Arizona June 16, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Advertisement Courtesy of Dan HillLaw enforcement chased him to the downtown Fort Myers area, where they were able to take Ortiz into custody.LCSO has since learned that Ortiz is on federal probation out of Puerto Rico for trafficking cocaine. Advertisement read more

Salmonella infections in 8 states could be linked to sick, dead songbirds

first_imgInvestigators are looking into an outbreak of salmonella infections in 19 people that could be associated with sick or dead birds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Infections have occurred in eight states, including California, Tennessee, and New Hampshire, with eight people requiring hospitalization, CNN reports. No deaths are currently reported.The agency cites interviews with sick people and laboratory testing that show contact with wild songbirds and bird feeders could be driving the infections.The California Department of Fish and Wildlife reports being “inundated” with calls about residents finding sick or dead finches at or around bird feeders, particularly around the state’s central coast and in the San Francisco Bay Area. AdvertisementTags: salmonellasongbirds Red onions linked to multistate outbreak of salmonella poisoning August 4, 2020 Multistate salmonella outbreak tied to backyard chickens, CDC says May 23, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments RELATEDTOPICS Sabra issues hummus recall amid salmonella scare March 31, 2021 Birds can contract salmonella when they eat birdseed that is contaminated with the feces from other birds, often on the ground below bird feeders, according to CNN.Birds often carry bacteria such as salmonella, and the germ can spread from birds to pets, and to people, the agency said.In humans, salmonella illness can involve diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps, tends to last four to seven days and most people can recover without treatment, the CDC said. Some severe cases, however, do require hospitalization.The CDC recommends that people wash their hands immediately after they touch a bird feeder, bird bath, or handle a bird, even if they were wearing gloves. It also advises cleaning bird feeders outside your house, when possible.And the Audubon Society recommended washing bird feeders with soapy water, before dunking them in a bleach-water solution, CNN confirmed. Cleaning bird feeders monthly can help prevent feeders from harboring disease. It can also help to rake or shovel up feces or birdseed casings scattered below bird feeders. the society said.The-CNN-Wire™ & © 2021 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved. CDC investigates multistate salmonella outbreak tied to bearded dragons, hedgehogs October 2, 2020 AdvertisementOne species in particular, pine siskins, is most frequently the subject of those calls in the state.These birds, marked by a yellow streaks on their tail feathers, can congregate and rapidly spread salmonellosis, causing large numbers of the species to die within 24 hours, according to the department.Pine siskins can be found throughout the US, as well as parts of Mexico and Canada, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology said. AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

One dead, five wounded in Texas workplace mass shooting

first_imgAdvertisementThe gunman used a handgun and acted alone, the Chief said.A trooper with the Texas Department of Public Safety was shot while pursuing the suspect, the department tweeted. AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments 13 hurt in Austin, Texas mass shooting June 14, 2021 Advertisement Four rescued from boat hanging over dam in Texas reservoir June 14, 2021 LCSO among law enforcement agencies deploying officers to Texas, Arizona June 16, 2021 BRYAN, Tx. / CNN — A gunman killed one person and wounded at least five others — four of them critically — at an office park in Bryan, Texas, on Thursday, police said.An employee of Kent Moore Cabinets is believed to be the shooter, Bryan Police said. He left the scene before police arrived but was later found and arrested.According to a press release from BPD, Larry Bollin, 27, was taken into custody by the Texas Department of Public Safety and had been charged with murder. He was booked into the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office and is being held on a $1,000,000 bond.Bryan Police Chief Eric Buske said earlier that it was not known how long the suspect had been working at the company, located inside an industrial park, or what the motive was for the shooting. AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 commentscenter_img AdvertisementTags: mass shootingTexas RELATEDTOPICS Gulf Coast High School student accused of threatening mass shooting June 2, 2021 She said she thought, “Oh, the machine got messed up again,” and began walking toward it to fix it.“I started walking and someone grabbed me and said, “No, we need to run.’”She feels lucky to be alive, Rodriguez said.“I think I’m very lucky and blessed to be talking to you this very moment,” Rodriguez said. “I’m still in shock because we live in a very peaceful community.”The company said in a statement to KBTX that it was “devastated” by the shooting.“We want to thank the many members of our law enforcement teams and other emergency personnel who responded so quickly,” the statement read. “We are fully cooperating with law enforcement during the investigation of this horrible crime.”Following the shooting, Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement the “state will assist in any way needed to help prosecute the suspect.”The-CNN-Wire™ & © 2021 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved. Survivors of the shootingAmelia Rodriguez, a Kent Moore Cabinets employee, was painting with a coworker when she heard multiple booms. Advertisementlast_img read more

Two dead in semi-truck rollover crash in Immokalee

first_imgCOLLIER COUNTY, Fla. — Two people died in a semi-truck rollover crash on State Road 29 at Johnson Road in Immokalee, officials said.The driver, a 21-year-old man, and the passenger, a 51-year-old man, both died at the scene of the crash, according to Florida Highway Patrol. The semi-truck drove off the road while on SR 29, south of Oquinn Road, trooper said. That’s when the driver overcorrected and overturned onto the southbound lanes of SR 29. There was a complete roadblock on SR 29 south of SR 82, troopers said. Drivers need to use an alternate route. AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments RELATEDTOPICS Advertisement Florida driving laws set to change to allow hazard lights in heavy rain June 7, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments I-75 crash in Lee County leaves two injured June 7, 2021center_img AdvertisementTags: Florida Highway Patrolrollover crash Motorcyclist rushed to the hospital after Fort Myers crash June 7, 2021 Advertisement Advertisement Driver seriously injured after dump truck flips on SR 82 in Collier County June 11, 2021last_img read more

Cape Coral victim tracked after ex hides GPS tracker in car

first_imgCAPE CORAL, Fla. – A person arrived at the Cape Coral Police Department on Tuesday to report their ex-significant other had been following them nearly everywhere. The victim did not know how until they checked their backseat.According to the Cape Coral Police Department, the victim found a GPS tracking device hidden under the back seat of their car. They didn’t know how long the device had been there, but they had a hunch their ex was responsible — they had recently filed an injunction against their ex.Alan Smith, the general manager of Terry Wynter Auto in Fort Myers, said exes tracking each other through their vehicle is more common than people think. RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementHe said the shop receives up to five calls a month asking their crew to check cars for any bugs they believe are inside.“It’s an unfortunate situation. Some people call and they’re scared to death — I get it,” Smith said. Usually, they don’t find a tracking device in the car. The real culprit is often in their pocket. Cape Coral man thrown from car killed when vehicle flips on top of him June 14, 2021 CCPD officers cracking down on illegal ATV’s this weekend June 11, 2021 Car splits in two after slamming into Cape Coral power pole June 16, 2021center_img “Majority of the time, it’s the cell phone,” Smith said.But they have found hidden devices in the past. Smith said many times the GPS trackers are battery powered and easy to conceal.“It plugs right into the OBD2 port and it’s usually on the drivers side underneath the dash, you really can’t see it,” he said. “If he can get underneath it and put it in a spot with you not knowing, he may be doing it that way, too.” Smith said people should check their online devices to see if they are being tracked that way.Cape Coral police said anyone who feels like they are being stalked or threatened by an ex should call law enforcement right away. AdvertisementTags: cape coral police departmentstalking Fort Myers man arrested for stealing puppy facing new charges in stealing spree June 14, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 commentsDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 commentslast_img read more

Florida middle school killer dies in prison at 31

first_imgRELATEDTOPICS Advertisement No Content Available Advertisement “We miss him, and the big question is: What would he be today?” he said.Hernandez had planned to kill two friends, but Andre Martin got leery when Hernandez tried to lure him and Gough into the stall. The bell rang and the three went to class. The next day, Hernandez killed Gough.Martin is now a Miami-Dade County police detective. He told the Herald he had mixed feelings about Hernandez’s death.“My continued condolences for Jaime Gough’s parents, and the entire Gough family,” Martin said. “And the Hernandez family — they were not the ones who committed a crime and they did lose a family member.” AdvertisementAfter Jaime’s body was found, a teacher noticed blood on Hernandez and notified police. It was discovered that Hernandez had become fascinated with serial killers, studying them online. He had made a list of people he wanted to slay, including Jaime. He was found guilty in 2008 of first-degree murder after a jury rejected his insanity plea.Jorge Gough, Jaime’s father, told the Miami Herald that he was “shocked” to learn of Hernandez’s death.“I was not expecting this at all,” Gough said. He said he and his wife still talk about their son, who would now be 31, but “not in a sad way.” His son was a straight-A student who played the violin.center_img AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments MIAMI (AP) — The teenage killer who lured a friend into a bathroom stall at their suburban Miami middle school 17 years ago and cut his throat has died in prison.Florida Department of Corrections online records show Michael Hernandez, 31, died Thursday. He had been incarcerated at Columbia Correctional Institute, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) west of Jacksonville. No cause of death was released, but WFOR-TV said Hernandez was seen on video collapsing, and no foul play is suspected.Hernandez was serving a life sentence for the February 2004 murder of Jaime Gough when they were both 14-year-old students at Southwood Middle School in Palmetto Bay, just outside Miami.Hernandez had lured Jaime into a handicapped stall before school with a promise to show him something. He then pulled out a knife, stabbed him more than 40 times and slit his throat. He then hid the knife in a secret compartment in his backpack and went to class. AdvertisementTags: Michael Hernandez AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 commentslast_img read more

Tax collector’s office’s in Lee County seeing long lines

first_imgAdvertisementThe scene in North Fort Myers is even worse. “I was a little surprised at how long the line is and how long the wait is,” Linda Brown said. “I think she said a little over two hours, so we definitely didn’t expect it to be that long of a wait.”Lee County Tax Collector Noelle Branning blamed the long wait times primarily on the number of new people moving into Lee County. Lee County officials to accept millions for homelessness relief June 13, 2021 “Fort Myers is one of the fastest growing areas, and we’re feeling it,” she said.Branning was well aware of the problem and explained that her office was looking into how best to address the matter.“We have a data analyst on hand whose looking numbers to give us recommendations, so we can best serve everyone who walks through our doors,” Branning stated.She suggested that some residents may want to try doing some of their business online.“We have self-serve kiosks in three different Publix locations located throughout Lee County,” she explained.The tax collector said the best advice is to make an appointment online, show up early and be prepared to wait.    LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Tax collector’s office’s in Lee County are experiencing long waits. The wait is so long for some people that they’re forced to walk out.Whether you need a driver’s license, car registration, or a new title, people are reporting waiting in line for more than two hours.It was hard to even find an empty seat at the downtown Fort Myers office with some people waiting in the hallway for an hour and left wondering when they may be called. RELATEDTOPICS Balloons from your outdoor celebration could be dangerous to wildlife June 16, 2021 Advertisement AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Lee County Commission could allocate over $3 million to fight homelessness June 16, 2021 All-electronic tolls to stay on certain Lee County bridges June 17, 2021 AdvertisementTags: Lee Countytaxes Advertisementlast_img read more

New Halloween event coming to Disney’s Magic Kingdom

first_imgMasks are no longer mandatory outside at Disney parks May 17, 2021 AdvertisementYou can even dress up in your boo-tiful best, according to Disney. Guests can don a costume for the event, but be sure to review the park’s dress code and costume guidelines.Tickets will go on sale in June. Click here for more information.All guests are required to wear face coverings for the event. AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments ORLANDO, Fla. – A new Halloween event coming to Disney World’s Magic Kingdom was just announced – Disney After Hours BOO BASH!The new event will take place on select nights from August 10 through October 31, announced the company on the Disney Blog. Tickets for the event will grant guests access to Magic Kingdom as early as 7 p.m. without the need for a day park ticket or Disney Park Pass theme park reservation.Guests will be able to get into the spooky spirit with Halloween-themed sweets at candy stops throughout the park, music, decorations, attractions, and special performances. AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementTags: DisneyhalloweenMagic Kingdom ‘I spent $15,000’: Man arrested at Disney Springs after refusing temperature check April 6, 2021center_img Advertisement Disney Cruise Line will set sail on 2-night COVID test cruise June 3, 2021 Samuel E. Wright, the voice of Sebastian in ‘The Little Mermaid,’ dies at 74 May 27, 2021 Advertisement RELATEDTOPICSlast_img read more

Demolition of former primary school building unlikely to start until summer

first_img Facebook Pinterest By David Power – 20th February 2018 St Pauls Primary School Demolition on the former St Paul’s school building, which has been vandalised and the scene of anti-social behaviour, will not begin until the summer, at the earliest.Portlaoise Parish is responsible for the upkeep of the former school building in the meantime and is struggling to keep the site secure.It had been believed that demolition and construction work would begin on the former site of the St Paul’s school shortly after it was vacated.However, it has since emerged that this is not the case.A Department of Education spokesperson confirmed that tender documents are currently being finalised and the project will go out to tender shortly. Rugby “The project will thereafter proceed to construction. The demolition of the former St Paul’s school will be carried out when the contractor goes on site which is expected to be in the summer,” the spokesperson said.Monsignor Byrne PP said it had been believed that there was a sense of urgency attached to the project and that the Department was keen to get on site as soon as possible.In the meantime, responsibility for the old school building on the Borris Road remains with the local parish.“We have attempted to keep it boarded up and keep the building protected, but it has just gone beyond us.“There have been incidents of anti-social behaviour and vandalism. The gardaí and the fire service were called there. I am afraid what might happen in a building where there is broken glass,” he said.SEE ALSO – Garda helicopter combing the Midlands following robbery Twitter Community Council TAGSSt Paul’s school. Monsignor John Byrne PP Facebook WhatsAppcenter_img Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste Home News Community Demolition of former primary school building unlikely to start until summer NewsCommunityLifestyle Previous article10 new houses planned for Portlaoise ‘delayed’Next articleAppeal for robbery in popular Abbeyleix salon David PowerA journalist for over 20 years, David has worked for a number of regional titles both as journalist and editor. From Tullamore he also works as a content editor for Independent.ie. His heroes include Shane Lowry, Seamus Darby and Johnny Flaherty Twitter Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Pinterest Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining WhatsApp Demolition of former primary school building unlikely to start until summer RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more