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Name: Steve
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Florida's medical marijuana proposal: Five things to know about Amendment 2

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/elections/floridas-medical-marijuana-proposal-five-things-to-know-about-amendment-2/2190045

Floridians will vote Nov. 4 on whether to legalize medical marijuana. What could it mean for patients, the health care industry and the burgeoning pot industry if the required 60 percent of voters say yes to pot? Here are some key facts to keep in mind:

1) Nobody will be buying or selling legal medical pot in Florida until late 2015 or early 2016

Amendment 2 gives the Florida Department of Health until early July to establish regulations to make the system work. The department then has until early October to license the first Medical Treatment Centers. Until then, no one can start growing, much less selling. The first harvest might not come in until late 2015 or beyond. Regulations may forbid Treatment Centers from importing pot from other states or countries for resale. And even if Florida does allow that, postal regulations. airline rules and state laws probably would make importation impractical. Imagine a truck full of pot driving from Colorado to Florida. If it gets stopped in Arkansas, authorities will not care that the pot is legal in both Colorado and Florida. Buyers probably will have to await the first harvest.

2) The regulations will fill in many missing details.

more at link above

Florida's medical marijuana proposal: Five things to know about Amendment 2

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/elections/floridas-medical-marijuana-proposal-five-things-to-know-about-amendment-2/2190045

Floridians will vote Nov. 4 on whether to legalize medical marijuana. What could it mean for patients, the health care industry and the burgeoning pot industry if the required 60 percent of voters say yes to pot? Here are some key facts to keep in mind:

1) Nobody will be buying or selling legal medical pot in Florida until late 2015 or early 2016

Amendment 2 gives the Florida Department of Health until early July to establish regulations to make the system work. The department then has until early October to license the first Medical Treatment Centers. Until then, no one can start growing, much less selling. The first harvest might not come in until late 2015 or beyond. Regulations may forbid Treatment Centers from importing pot from other states or countries for resale. And even if Florida does allow that, postal regulations. airline rules and state laws probably would make importation impractical. Imagine a truck full of pot driving from Colorado to Florida. If it gets stopped in Arkansas, authorities will not care that the pot is legal in both Colorado and Florida. Buyers probably will have to await the first harvest.

2) The regulations will fill in many missing details.

more at link above

Britain arrests two in suspected female genital mutilation case

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/26/us-britain-fgm-idUSKBN0FV0KU20140726

(Reuters) - British police have arrested two people in London on suspicion of conspiracy to carry out female genital mutilation (FGM) and placed a young girl in the care of social services, a police statement said on Saturday.

The arrests followed the arrival at the capital's Heathrow airport on Friday morning from Kampala of a 72-year-old Ugandan man accompanied by an 11-year-old girl, the statement said.

They came only days after London hosted a one-day summit on FGM and forced marriage where the government announced it would earmark 1.4 million pounds ($2.4 million) for a prevention program and prosecute parents allowing the practice.

The man was arrested in Newham, east London, on Saturday and a 40-year-old woman was also arrested in Hackney, northeast London, it said. Both remain in police custody.

Favorite "high fantasy" movie ?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_fantasy

I just got done watching ALL the Hobbit movies, and I've decided I really like this genre. I've also seen all the Harry Potter movies. What's your fave ?

Tropical Storm Genevieve moves west in Pacific, TD-8E moves NW, Invest 93E and Invest 91C move W



Last Updated 7/26/2014, 5:00:00 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Location 12.2N 136.7W Movement W at 5 mph
Wind 40 MPH Pressure: 1005 MB




Last Updated 7/26/2014, 5:00:00 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Location 13.4N 106.3W Movement NW at 14 mph
Wind 35 MPH Pressure: 1007 MB




Last Updated 7/26/2014, 2:00:00 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Location 14.3 126.4W Movement W at 10 mph
Wind 35 MPH




Last Updated 7/26/2014, 2:00:00 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Location 9.4 152.0W Movement W at 15 mph
Wind 30 MPH




The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies first poster promises a fiery showdown between Smaug....

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies first poster promises a fiery showdown between Smaug and the Dwarves

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/the-hobbit-the-battle-of-the-five-armies-first-poster-promises-a-fiery-showdown-between-smaug-and-the-dwarves-9625634.html




The first official poster for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has been released at Comic-Con ahead of the movie’s Christmas release.

Hero Bard the Bowman is seen standing defiantly before a fearsome Smaug as Esgaroth is devastated by fire, under a caption reading: “The defining chapter”.

Directed by Peter Jackson, the final instalment in the JRR Tolkien franchise stars Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, Ian McKellen as Gandalf, Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield and Lee Pace as Thranduil.

Lee Evans plays Bard while Benedict Cumberbatch provides the dragon’s voice. Evangeline Lilly, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom and Manu Bennett also feature, among others.

Invest 91E moves west, Invest 92E moves WNW, Invest 91C moves west



Last Updated 7/25/2014, 2:00:00 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Location 12.3 133.8W Movement W at 10 mph
Wind 35 MPH




Last Updated 7/24/2014, 8:00:00 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Location 9.9 141.6W Movement WNW at 15 mph
Wind 25 MPH




Last Updated 7/25/2014, 2:00:00 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Location 10.0 145.0W Movement W at 15 mph
Wind 25 MPH

Tropical Storm Matmo lashes China, Invest 91E moves west, and TD2 dissipates



Last Updated 7/23/2014, 8:00:00 AM (Eastern Daylight Time)
Location 25.8N 241E Movement NW at 11 mph
Wind 60 MPH



Last Updated 7/23/2014, 8:00:00 AM (Eastern Daylight Time)
Location 11.0 125.5W Movement W at 15 mph
Wind 30 MPH



Last Updated 7/23/2014, 11:00:00 AM (Eastern Daylight Time)
Location 14.0N 56.0W Movement W at 25 mph
Wind 35 MPH Pressure: 1012 MB

Appeals court panel deals blow to Obamacare

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2014/07/21/obama-health-care-court-ruling/12482127/

WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court dealt a potentially major blow to President Obama's health care law Tuesday, ruling that participants in health exchanges run by the federal government in 34 states are not eligible for tax subsidies.

The 2-1 ruling by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, which is sure to be appealed by the government, threatens the framework of the health care system for about 5 million Americans without employer-provided health plans.

The case, filed by a coalition of states, employers and individuals, had been considered a long shot effort to derail the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Federal district judges in the District of Columbia and Virginia previously had ruled for the government. Three similar cases remain pending.

The appeals panel ruled that as written, the health care law allows tax credits to be offered to qualified participants only in state-run exchanges. The administration had expected most if not all states to create their own, but only 16 states did so.

Germany remembers the plot to kill Hitler

http://www.dw.de/germany-remembers-the-plot-to-kill-hitler/a-17792469

July 20 marks the 70th anniversary of Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg's attempt to assassinate German Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler. His son and a former guard still have vivid memories of that day.

Berlin, July 20, 1944: Colonel Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg headed to Adolf Hitler's Wolf's Lair field headquarters. It was still early, just before 8 a.m., on the day Stauffenberg planned to kill Adolf Hitler with a bomb. It was too good an opportunity to miss: Stauffenberg was supposed to brief Hitler as part of his military duties.

Kurt Salterberg, now 91, was a guard at the Wolf's Lair, near what was then Rastenburg in East Prussia and today is the Polish town of Ketrzyn, some 600 kilometers (370 miles) east of Berlin. Back then, 21-year-old Salterberg was part of the team protecting the inner area.

At around 11 a.m. Stauffenberg and two co-conspirators, Major General Helmuth Stieff and First Lieutenant Werner von Haeften, entered the command headquarters of the Nazi regime. It was where the most powerful military figures would meet and where Hitler would hand out orders to his officers.
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