Nick Evans

Nick Evans is a masters student in communications at Florida State University.  Before moving to Tallahassee, Nick lived in and around the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years.  He listens to far too many podcasts and is a die-hard 49ers football fan.  When Nick’s not at work he likes to cook, play music and read.

Florida’s Office of Medical Marijuana has issued two new cannabis licenses under the terms of a measure passed in this June’s special session.  Jim Eaton is an attorney with one of the new licensees, 3 Boys Farm.

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The Florida Board of Medicine is preparing to vote on rules for doctors recommending medical cannabis.

Tallahassee is getting a new medical marijuana dispensary.

The eastern indigo snake is back in North Florida, at least that’s what a group of scientists is hoping.  Reintroducing the species caps off three decades off environmental restoration efforts.

States across the country are struggling to hold off a rising tide of opioid abuse and Florida is no exception.  But the return of harsh penalties for possession—a hallmark of the war on drugs—is frustrating a broad spectrum of advocates and officials.

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council is unveiling its plan for 2017 and looking for public feedback.

Bay County health officials are offering a two week immunization clinic ahead of students returning to school.  

Local officials and cannabis advocates are chafing under Florida’s latest medical marijuana legislation.  But they’re reacting to the new regime in different ways.

The Department of Health’s new rules for medical marijuana are taking effect.  The provisions carry out a last minute legislative measure approved in a June special session.

Florida’s insurance officials are considering moves to rein in assignments after the Legislature again failed to take action.  The procedure allows service providers to work directly with an insurer, but some say they’re taking advantage of the system.

Provisions in the medical marijuana legislation approved during last week’s special session are raising eyebrows.  The bill contains language seemingly written to favor specific companies.

Florida’s nascent medical marijuana industry is encouraging state lawmakers to draft a measure implementing amendment two.  If they refuse, the Department of Health will take the lead.

Activists statewide are urging U.S. Senator Marco Rubio reject a controversial healthcare overhaul approved earlier this month by the House.  They showed up Tuesday at the Republican’s offices throughout the state.

The U.S. Supreme court’s silence on Florida’s appeal settles it:  capital cases in the state require unanimous jury sentences.  But many are dubious about how state courts are applying the standard to previously settled cases and state officials remain uncertain of how far the changes reach.

Environmental groups are encouraging Floridians to be careful of shorebirds when they head to the beach for the holiday weekend.  Nick Evans has more.

The US Supreme Court is refusing to take up a further challenge in Florida’s precedent setting capital case Hurst v. Florida.

Agriculture Commissioner, and Republican candidate for governor, Adam Putnam is adding his voice to the chorus calling for a medical marijuana special session.

Florida service providers are wasting no time taking advantage of nearly $30 million in federal money for addressing the opioid epidemic.

While lawmakers weigh whether to call a special session for medical marijuana, dispensaries are pushing ahead.  One grower is preparing to open its first retail outlet.

Florida’s medical examiners are seeing a precipitous rise in fentanyl deaths.  They recently published their interim 2016 report on drug-related fatalities.

Florida lawmakers are approving a measure giving state workers a raise in exchange for revamping benefit plans.  The proposal passed alongside the state budget on the final day of Florida’s legislative session.

The Florida House is advancing a medical marijuana proposal packed with last minute changes to bring it closer to the Senate position.  But for some in the House, it’s a tough sell.

House lawmakers could be in for a long fight over medical marijuana when it hits the floor.  The bill’s sponsor is finding common ground with the Senate, but Democrats have filed 25 amendments.

Spending offers are flying back and forth between House and Senate leaders.  But Nick Evans reports time is running short on this year’s legislative session.

Medical marijuana measures in the House and Senate are heading to the floor.  Lawmakers are making some last minute adjustments ahead of negotiations.

The Florida House has approved a proposal banning the use of steroids in greyhound racing.  

The medical marijuana provisions implementing amendment two are trudging ahead in the House and Senate.  But the chambers’ proposals remain very different.

A measure placing gambling warnings on Florida lottery tickets is heading for the House floor.

The infusion of 1.5 billion dollars in the state budget to help cover health care for low income Floridians could go a long way toward bridging the divide between the House and Senate spending plans. 

Senate Democrats are huddling to discuss proposed changes to nursing home funding.  Nick Evans reports the chamber’s spending plan alters the way Medicaid dollars flow to facilities.

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