Florida Five: Redistricting testimony begins, Rubio skirts personal pot-smoking question

Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips:

RPOF attacks Charlie Crist’s job record for women: The Republican Party of Florida released an infographic on Monday contrasting former Gov. Charlie Crist’s record on creating jobs for Florida women. Read more.

GOP operative: Consultants wanted ‘a seat at the table’ in redistricting: A Republican consultant testified Monday that he and other political operatives wanted a “seat at the table” during Florida’s once-a-decade redistricting process, despite constitutional reforms voters adopted to insulate the process from partisan politics. Read more.

Port Miami’s tunnel project complete: Federal, state and local officials headed to South Florida on Monday to celebrate the completion of the Port of Miami Tunnel, which will connect Miami International Airport and I-95 directly to Port Miami.The project had been under construction for four years and came at a price tag of $915 million. The tunnel is the largest bored tunnel for soft ground in the country to date. Gov. Rick Scott was present at the celebration of the completion of the tunnel, which he said would “provide relief” to Miami-Dade families as well as visitors to the area. Read more.

rubio potMarco Rubio dances around question on whether he ever smoked pot: Prospective presidential hopeful, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said he doesn’t believe there is a “responsible way to recreationally use marijuana,” but wouldn’t say whether he ever smoked it. Rubio told ABC’s Jonathan Karl that he is opposed to the legalization of marijuana in a “Politics Confidential” interview released Monday. Read more.

Here’s what a medical marijuana dispensary could look like in Palm Beach County: Quivas Street in Denver, Colo., is more than 1,600 miles away from Clematis Street in West Palm Beach.But what’s happening inside a building on that street could provide a snapshot of things to come to the Sunshine State if voters say yes to the legalization of medical marijuana.L’Eagle Services bills itself as producer and distributor of organic, pharmaceutical-grade medical marijuana.Its storefront on Quivas Street is part of an old warehouse, formerly used to print posters for the Olympics. Read more.

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