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Medical marijuana research, 16 other higher-ed programs restored in budget deal

The budget package deal that gave Gov. Rick Scott the $85 million he wants for a Florida Job Growth Grant Fund also restored cut funding sought by Florida colleges and universities for 17 different projects, including funding for medical marijuana research.

The research money, $1.69 million will go to the University of Florida Health Center for the College of Cannabis Research in Gainesville. UF also is getting $5.9 million for its Music Building.

Florida State University was a big winner from the special session, getting four projects totaling more than $12 million restored. FSU will get $6.8 for its Interdisciplinary Research Commercialization Building, $4.2 million for its STEM Teaching Lab, $846,000 for faculty and a scholarship program for FSU College of Law, and $515,000 for its Florida Campus Compact.

Another big winner was Florida International University in Miami, which is getting $12.7 million for its School of International and Public Affairs.

Also winning big was Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, which is getting $12.7 million for its Integrated Watershed and Costal Studies program.

Polk State College is getting $2.5 million to expand its Art Program.

Lake Erie College is getting $2.1 million for its Osteopathic Medicine School in Bradenton.

The University of Central Florida in Orlando is getting $1.69 million for its downtown presence initiatives.

Miami-Dade College in Miami is getting $1.2 million to rem ode its gymnasium into a Justice Center.

Florida Atlantic University is getting $1 million for its Tech Runway Initiative.

The University of West Florida in Pensacola is getting $931,0000 for its Archaeology Program.

Florida Gateway College of Lake City is getting $336,000 for its Olustee Campus Public Safety Facility

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Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.

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