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Friday, August 28, 2020   (0 Comments)
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Don’t Bogart that therapeutic comestible, bruh.

Edibles are coming to Florida. Yesterday, the Florida Department of Health released the much-anticipated rules regulating cannabis edibles, paving the way for medical marijuana treatment centers in the state to begin producing and selling. The rules were released under DOH’s emergency rule authority and so immediately became effective upon release last night. The bulk of the rules are dedicated to requiring MMTCs to prepare edibles in a manner which makes them easily identifiable as a cannabis product and seeks to prevent additions such as colors, shapes or toppings—like sprinkles or anything that looks like an insect—that might appeal to children. Edibles are expected to be a popular and profitable category for MMTCs with lots of consumer interest.



How is Biden doing in battleground states?

Nationally, Joe Biden currently enjoys a comfortable 8-point leadaverage over Donald Trump. But, presidents aren’t elected by popular vote. They’re elected by electoral votes, and here battleground states make the difference between winning and losing. In key battleground states, how is Joe Biden doing? Not nearly as well. In the states of Florida, Wisconsin, Michigan, Arizona, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina, Biden currently has a 4-point advantage over Trump, and that margin is tightening. But, compare Biden to Hillary Clinton at the same point in the presidential cycle. On August 25, Hillary was up 9.2 in Pennsylvania in 2016; Biden is up 5.7 in 2020. In Michigan, Hillary +9.0; Biden +6.7. In Wisconsin, Hillary was +11.5; Biden now has +6.5 margin in that state. Races tighten, and with two months to go, this race is very much up in the air.



A glimmer of budgetary normalcy.

For the first time since March, state revenue collections moved into positive territory in July, posting a tiny gain of $2.5 million for the month. Much of the improvement can be attributed to an increase in corporate income tax collections and documentary stamp tax collections, which benefitted from home buying spurred by low interest rates. Senator Bill Galvano released a memo yesterday touting the good news, saying “recoupment is likely to continue over the coming months.” The Legislative Budget Commission, a combination of Florida House and Senate members, is scheduled to meet early next month to approve the state’s required Long Range Financial Outlook. The outlook document will provide an overall view of the state’s financial health.






FL Case Count

0.5% GROWTH SINCE 8/26
11,011 DEATHS
as reported by FL DOH


US Case Count

0.8% GROWTH SINCE 8/26
180,380 DEATHS
as reported by Johns Hopkins


Global Case Count

1.2% GROWTH SINCE 8/26
827,801 DEATHS
as reported by Johns Hopkins




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