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.

A Florida bank is making its first few tentative steps into the marijuana industry.  But there’s still a long way to go before pot is treated like other businesses.

Florida’s administrative courts continue to overhaul the state’s marijuana licensing system.  A judge seems likely to allow a seventh nursery.

Legislative researchers have found nearly half of the state’s nursing programs are underperforming.  But Tallahassee area programs are in the clear.

The state’s first medical marijuana dispensary opened this week in Tallahassee.  After two years of waiting, patients throughout Florida will be able to get the drug, but there are new challenges ahead.

Florida’s first cannabis dispensary is now open in Tallahassee.  Trulieve medical director Dr. Ken Brummel-Smith says the next step is getting doctors ready to prescribe the treatment.

Floridians with unique abilities now have access to tax free savings plans thanks to a program that launched July 1.  ABLE accounts are based on college savings plans that have been around since the 1990s.

An administrative court will spend this week and the next deciding whether another nursery should be allowed to grow medical marijuana.  Loop’s nursery would be the seventh in the state.

A measure placing new restrictions on abortion providers takes effect Friday unless a federal judge intervenes.  Planned Parenthood is calling on the court to block the measure. 

With the U.S. Supreme Court striking down Texas abortion restrictions, attention is turning to Florida where a similar measure is set to take effect Friday.  The law’s backers are confident their legislation will survive a court challenge of its own. 

Democratic Congresswoman Gwen Graham is touting new legislation aimed at protecting seniors.  Graham is hoping to notch a legislative win before her term ends.

Florida’s Department of Health says nurseries could begin processing marijuana next month.  The department has been wrangling with the issue for more than two years.

Two groups are throwing their weight behind a Gainesville clinic challenging a state-mandated abortion waiting period.

The same medical marijuana proponents who failed at the ballot box in 2014 are back.  The same opponents are back too.

The U.S. Supreme Court is charting a middle course on the issue of contraceptive coverage for employees of religious non-profits. 

Florida’s highest court is weighing a decision that will likely impact all 390 men and women on the state’s death row.  Two men in very different places are hoping to see the same thing happen. 

In January the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated Florida’s death sentencing system.  Now Florida’s high court is considering how the ruling applies to inmates waiting on death row.  Their decision could change the sentences of nearly four hundred men and women.

State lawmakers and healthcare industry leaders are taking stock in the wake of this year’s legislative session.  The Associated Industries of Florida just wrapped up a healthcare affordability summit.

Abortion rights advocates are trying to convince Florida Governor Rick Scott to veto sweeping new abortion legislation.  They delivered 12,000 petitions to Scott’s office Thursday.

The Florida Senate is sending a medical marijuana proposal to the governor.  The reform package grants access to terminal patients and carries a number of changes for the existing regulatory system.

This week the U.S. Supreme Court heard a case challenging a Texas law that requires abortion providers have admitting privileges.  Meanwhile similar legislation is marching through the Florida Capitol.

There’s just one hurdle left for a Miami-Dade needle exchange program.  The long-awaited pilot passed the House Wednesday.

Medical cannabis legislation is heading to the Senate floor for the second time after a clash in committee.  But time is running out for the proposal to gain passage in both chambers before session closes.

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The Florida Senate will again take up a medical marijuana bill today.  It expands the scope of Florida's Right to Try Act, which allows terminally-ill patients to try drugs not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The measure emerged from the rules committee Monday.

The question of abortion policy is at the center of legislative and judicial debates playing out in Florida.  A 24 hour waiting period may be on its way to the Supreme Court while lawmakers propose new, more stringent restrictions.

Florida women seeking an abortion will now have to wait 24 hours and make a separate trip to their physician.  This comes after an appeals court overturned a ruling putting the law on hold.

The Florida House is moving forward with a new capital sentencing scheme after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the existing system just over a month ago.  But even with last minute changes, lawmakers are hesitant to completely embrace unanimity.

The House Health and Human services committee sent two measures to the floor that would’ve been unthinkable just a few years ago.  The full House will now consider a needle exchange pilot program and a new medical marijuana proposal.

After years of trying, lawmakers are finding success with a plan to create a needle exchange pilot program in Miami Dade County.

A needle exchange program some lawmakers have been trying to get off the ground for years is moving in the House. 

The state Legislature is on the verge of extending healthcare to thousands of Florida children.  Revisions to the KidCare program will cover children of legal immigrants.

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