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PolitiFact Florida checks claims by Dan Gelber on Crist's record on ex-felons' voting rights and Pam Bondi on pot laws

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The Lie of the Year isn't the only thing that's been keeping us busy at PolitiFact. Here's a summary of our latest fact-checks:

Former state legislator Dan Gelber said that when Charlie Crist was governor he "sought for and got approved the automatic restoration of felon rights for nonviolent offenders for the first time in Florida history (since reversed by Governor Scott)." Gov. Reubin Askew made it easier for ex-felons to vote in 1975. We alerted Gelber to our research and he re-worded his claim on Crist's campaign website to reflect Askew's role. We rated Gelber's claim False.

We also fact-checked two claims in a legal brief by Attorney General Pam Bondi's office about medical marijuana amendment:

"The proposal hides the fact that the Amendment would make Florida one of the most lenient medical-marijuana states, allowing use for limitless ‘other conditions’ specified by any physician." We rated that claim Mostly True. The brief also stated "whether the Amendment passes or not, the medical use of marijuana is a federal criminal offense" -- we rated that claim True.

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