An amendment to legalize medical marijuana in Florida could find itself before Florida voters in 2014, but Attorney General Pam Bondi is trying her damnedest to make sure it doesn't. The Florida Supreme Court today heard initial arguments in a case that will decide whether or not Floridians will get ... More >>
Smoke it if you've got a prescription. That's what the vast majority of Floridians say about marijuana. A new Quinnipiac poll shows that 82 percent of Floridians support the use of medical marijuana. But only 48 percent support decriminalization of small amounts of pot for recreational use, which, ... More >>
Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi has been doing a lot of fundraising lately, but she hasn't drawn a Democrat opponent yet. Well, George Sheldon, who most recently was an undersecretary in President Obama's Department of Health and Human Services, has announced he'll run, setting up a duel that ... More >>
Florida is one step closer to getting a statewide public vote on legalizing medical marijuana. With powerful backers like Orlando super-lawyer John Morgan and funding from big Democrats around the state, the push by People United for Medical Marijuana is blazing ahead. The group announced yesterday ... More >>
In the capital of medicare fraud, Miami therapist Paul Thomas Layman and his cohorts pulled off a doozy of a heist, stealing $63 million from the federal government through bogus mental health services. Now Layman will spend the next nine years in federal prison following his sentencing hearing yest ... More >>
Uncle Luke, the man who made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke says its time to legalize medical marijuana.Florida lawmakers need to roll up a fat joint and chill out. While the Republican-dominated state legislature ... More >>
Florida has some of the nation's toughest anti-marijuana laws. For instance, anyone caught growing at least 25 plants in their home can be charged with a second-degree felony and face a maximum sentence of 15 years. Even the feds aren't that draconian. They at least give you 99 plants before chargin ... More >>
Come 2014, Florida may join the ranks of states that legalize medical marijuana. There is talk of putting the measure on the ballot in the next state-wide election, and a new poll conducted by People United for Medical Marijuana finds that nearly seven out of ten Floridians back the idea.
In a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court has upheld President Obama's health care mandate, with Chief Justice John Roberts casting the surprising, deciding vote that the sweeping reform is constitutional. The ruling is a blow to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who spearheaded the first national court ch ... More >>
Ronald Poppo, the homeless victim of the face-eating attack, faces a long and expensive road towards recovery. But the international interest in the gruesome event has an upside: To date, around 2,000 Samaritans have donated approximately $75,000 to go to his medical care. We got that figure from La ... More >>
Robert Platshorn served thirty years in prison for smuggling pot into Florida. That's more than any other person has served for a marijuana offense in the United States. He'll turn 70 years old in November. But it now appears clear that he will never be free from the federal government. Platshorn ... More >>
When it comes to the little vices, Miami-Dade is notoriously lax. Depending on where you are in the county, you can order a drink at a bar til 5 a.m. and smoke inside the whole night. You can also stop by a liquor store until 1 a.m. But the Miami-Dade County Commission is now considering an uncharac ... More >>
President Barack Obama was just at the University of Miami, so you'd think that his staff could get the name of the school correct. Apparently not. The White House sent out a press release today describing University of Miami president Donna Shalala as "President of Miami University." Miami Uni ... More >>
The corrosive work of cigarettes is supposed to be a slow thing, quietly eating away at your lungs as you puff away. Though, electric cigarettes are a whole other story. A Florida man is recovering after an e-cigarette exploded in his mouth and knocked out his front teeth and took a chunk of his ... More >>
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi may be fighting to repeal President Obama's healthcare reform laws in court, but the new laws have already saved Floridians close to $142 million, and most of the laws haven't even gone into effect yet. The savings come from Medicare recipients who now pay l ... More >>
Cigars are as Miami as white guayabaras, cafecitos and questionable uses of teal and pink, but a national group is slamming the Orange Bowl this week for including the Calle Ocho favorites in the bowl week festivities.The American Cancer Society has sent a letter to NCAA and Orange Bowl offi ... More >>
The first steps towards the possibility of legalizing medical marijuana in Florida are underway. Last month State Rep. Jeff Session, a Democrat from Lake Worth, introduced a resolution that would allow Floridians to vote on the matter in 2012. Now, state Sen. Larcenia Bullard, a Miami Democra ... More >>
In a strange about-face, the president tries to hack medical marijuana off at the knees.
The average health care bill for a family of four living in the Miami area in 2011 will be $23,362. That's more than any other major metro area in America, and a 120.5 percent, or $3,969, more than the national average. Considering that national average for health care cost has more than doubled ... More >>
With a recent poll showing 57 percent of Floridians favoring legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, state Rep. Jeff Clemens (D-Lake Worth) has introduced a resolution to put an amendment on the 2012 ballot that would do just that. Clemens claims that the move could bring in $5 to $12 million ... More >>
With 14 states and the District of Colombia allowing the legal medical use of marijuana, acceptance of the issue is steadily growing in America. A new poll shows that 57 percent of Floridians support legalization of medical marijuana as buzz grows that the issue could be placed on the ballot as s ... More >>
Students and faculty at Florida International University should expect increased incidents of their colleagues incessantly tapping pencils, drinking inhuman quantities of black coffee, and randomly exploding at them for no apparent reason before sending a text message latter saying, "Sorry about ... More >>
Bad doctors, bad. Miami has long been the country's capitol for Medicare fraud schemes, and today federal authorities arrested four people associated with American Therapeutic Corporation and charged the Miami-based company with fleecing $200 million from Medicare. The company is accused of preyi ... More >>
SoBe is ground zero in the battle to decriminalize pot.
From AmsterdamAfter recently writing a goofy post about imaginary pot-food pairings, I received an email from the pseudonymous William Breathes, one of two medical marijuana critics for our sister paper Westword, in Denver, Colorado. He expressed gratitude for being mentioned in the post and disa ... More >>
via BartBaKer's YoutubeVanity Fair and 60 Minutes have come together to commission a wide ranging poll that includes questions on the ability of Sarah Palin to be President (most don't think she can) and whether or not people would still see a Mel Gibson movie (most would). Though perhaps ones of ... More >>
In the News Roundup each morning we've been keeping an eye on the plight of Diana Smith, a local mother battling a rare form of leukemia. Smith was almost denied a life saving treatment when Social Security disability payments made to her son raised her income enough to where she no longer qualif ... More >>
Fidel Castro took some time out of his busy schedule of not dying to pen a piece for a state newspaper that said President Obama and the Democrat's recent passage of health care reform is a "miracle." Well, the Republican Party of Florida took time out of their busy schedule of basically giv ... More >>
via A R B O's flickrAccording to a new Quinnipiac poll, 58% of Floridians support creating a government health insurance plan, while only 36% oppose it. So it should be good news for supporters of the so-called "public option" that voters in a notoriously moderate swing state seem to be ... More >>
The string of headlines involving several local busts of fraudulent HIV/AIDS treatment facilities milking medicare for money was no coincidence. Two years ago the justice department begin specifically targeting medicare fraud in the city. After success in Miami and then Los Angeles, today Attorney G ... More >>
For some, ganja is nothing to giggle about.
County jail officials finally decide to get serious about a highly contagious disease
The rotten roots of a sweet HMO deal rip dental health from the mouths of babes
Celebrate the medicinal benefits of Mary Jane
To ban or not to ban, that could be the question on a ballot near you.
December 10 - 16, 1998
Step right up and be astounded by Miami's bizarre side show of Medicare and Medicaid scammers! After all, you're paying for it!