12/05/2018: Recreational Marijuana; Elder Sexual Abuse; Art Walk

Dec 5, 2018

Now that marijuana is legal in Florida for medical use, the next step for pro-pot activists is legalizing it for recreational use.

Tuesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Shelton Hull, who writes about marijuana issues in Folio Weekly.

Nikki Fried campaigned on a vigorous pro-cannabis platform and won her race for Agriculture Commissioner. But at the same time, with Republicans keeping control of the governor’s mansion and legislature it’s not likely to happen unless it’s placed on the ballot in 2020. 

Sexual Abuse Among The Elderly

An elder sexual abuse case in Jacksonville is highlighting just how widespread the issue is here in Florida with our large senior population.

Recently a 94-year-old woman was sexually assaulted inside an assisted living facility in Jacksonville.

A study conducted by the National Institute of Justice finds that 83 percent of victims of elder sexual abuse reside in an institutional care facility.

Jacksonville attorney Tom Edwards of Edwards and Ragatz, P.A represents the woman. He joined us with a look her specific case and the larger overall issue.

Snow And The North Pole Comes to Art Walk

There will be snow in Hemming Park during the December Art Walk.
Credit Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

There will literally be 15 tons of snow at Hemming Park for Wednesday night’s downtown Art Walk. A section of the park will be transformed into a North Pole play area and free 3-D snowflake glasses will be given away while supplies last.

Christina Parrish Stone runs Friends of Hemming Park and told us what art fans and families and can expect.

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Bill Bortzfield can be reached at bbortzfield@wjct.org, 904-358-6349 or on Twitter at @BortzInJax.