Articles by Brendan Farrington

Florida Lawmakers Repeal Ban on Smokable Medical Marijuana

The Florida Legislature met Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’ deadline to hand him a bill to repeal the state’s ban on smokable medical marijuana when the House passed the legislation Wednesday. While lawmakers aren’t necessarily in favor of allowing medical marijuana …

Expert: Florida’s Hurricane-Hit Timber Industry Will Need Years to Recover

It could take a decade or more for Florida’s timber industry to recover from Hurricane Michael’s devastation, and the countless downed trees pose an immediate wildfire threat, Florida Forest Service Director Jim Karels told a Senate committee last week. Karels …

Trump Expands Federal Reimbursement for Florida’s Hurricane Michael Cleanup

Florida will get potentially hundreds of million dollars for Hurricane Michael recovery after President Donald Trump agreed to expand the number of days the federal government will reimburse state and local governments for cleanup efforts, the state’s governor announced Thursday. …

New Florida Gov Wants State Ban on Smokable Medical Marijuana Ended

Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis criticized the Legislature’s implementation of a medical marijuana law and said last week that if they don’t fix it quickly, he’ll take matters into his own hands. DeSantis wants a new law by mid-March that …

New Florida Gov Signs Order to Fight Algae, Red Tide

Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis began following up on a campaign promise to make the environment a priority by signing an order last week seeking to tackle Florida’s problems with blue-green algae in its rivers and red tide off its coast. …

Power Outages Still Plague Florida Panhandle Nearly 2 Weeks After Michael

It’s the greatest need after a hurricane and sometimes the hardest one to fulfill: Electricity. Almost two weeks after Hurricane Michael smashed into the Florida Panhandle on a path of destruction that led all the way to the Georgia border, …

Rural Communities Hit by Michael Face Tough Recovery

Haylie Byler and her husband were just beginning life in their new home when Hurricane Michael’s monstrous winds mowed down a dozen trees on their property, more than an hour’s drive inland from where the storm made landfall. They had …

Fire that Destroyed 36 Homes in Florida Sparked by Controlled Burn

John Matthew Polous watched a “controlled-burn” fire for three days as it consumed foliage outside his tiny community on the Florida Panhandle. And then he watched as it quickly raged out of control. What he doesn’t understand is why it …

Irma Dealt Devastating Blow to Florida Citrus, Other Crops

Florida’s famous oranges are still falling from trees and rotting on the ground weeks after Hurricane Irma, and the state’s agriculture commissioner said Thursday there will be fewer Florida vegetables on Thanksgiving tables and a shortage of poinsettias at Christmas. …

Florida Supreme Court Rules Medical Malpractice Award Caps Unconstitutional

Caps on how much money patients injured by a doctor’s mistakes can receive were declared unconstitutional by the Florida Supreme Court June 8, a decision that strikes down one of former Gov. Jeb Bush’s major policy victories. The court ruled …