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The Buzz 7/16/15

Bergosh Seeks BCC Seat Escambia School Board member Jeff Bergosh pre-filed on July 7 as a candidate for Escambia County Commissioner, District 1 as a Republican for the 2016 Election. Wilson Robertson currently holds that seat, but he has announced that he doesn’t plan to run for another term.

Jesse Casey, who lost to Robertson in 2012 in the GOP primary, has also pre-filed. He has collected $17,750 in monetary contributions, $15,550 of which he loaned to his campaign.

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Bergosh said on News Talk 1370 WCOA’s “Pensacola Speaks” that he had considered running for the District 1 post in 2012, but decided to do another term on the school board when Robertson told him that he wanted to do one more term.

Commissioner Robertson has made it clear that he won’t be seeking a third term. Bergosh is ready to make the jump from school board to county commission.

“I do feel like my skill set—as a former business owner, current small business owner, master’s degree in public administration, all that—lends itself to serving the people, the same people I’ve served in a different capacity,” Bergosh said.

He said that he expects four or five candidates in the race.
“I do think my chances are better than average,” he said. “I’m going to keep it clean, but I’m going hard. I’m going to go to about 10,000 houses, door to door. I’m going to go all in like one of those teams from the poker tournament—all chips in.”

Key Step for Medical Marijuana In a key step toward making low-THC marijuana available, the Florida Department of Health last week received 28 applications from firms that want to cultivate, process and distribute in the state.

Last year, the Florida Legislature passed the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014 that allowed physicians to prescribe the non-euphoric strain of cannabis that has been known to help children with severe forms of epilepsy.

Some nursery firms submitting proposals in more than one region. Seven applications were submitted for Central Florida, while six each were submitted for Northeast Florida and Southwest Florida. Five were submitted for Southeast Florida, and four were submitted for Northwest Florida.

Ryan Wiggins of Full Contact Strategies has worked hard for the passage of the bill and its implementation.

“The great news is the challenge period is over and applications are being accepted and the department has three months to decide which nursery,” she told Inweekly. “There will be five of them from five different regions that will receive licenses.”

Many see the low-THC regulations as a test case for full medical marijuana in the future.

“This is a beta test and the Legislature really wanted to take baby steps in legalizing cannabis,” Wiggins said. “There was a huge fear factor behind it so this is the very first step and let’s see how this goes.”

She admitted implementing the bill has been a headache. The low-THC marijuana was to be made available by Jan. 1, 2015, but several legal challenges have delayed the application process. Wiggins hopes that there will no further legal delays.

“It’s been really, really hard to get to where we are,” she said. “I read an article just last night where one of the associations that has just popped up in the state for medical marijuana is talking about potentially challenging us because they don’t think the process is fair. I don’t know could be any more fair than it’s been.”

On July 10, the Stanley brothers, the creators of the most well-known strain of low-THC cannabis, “Charlotte’s Web,” announced that have licensed their product with Loops Nursery in St. Johns County, one of the nurseries that have submitted applications for the Northeastern region of Florida.