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10/18/2016: Amendment 2; Trainwrecks; MS Bike Tour

A lively discussion about the medical marijuana amendment, Amendment 2, was featured on First Coast Connect. We were joined by Susan Pitman of Drug Free Duval. Host Melissa Ross also spoke by phone with author Sady Doyle about her book “Trainwreck,” which takes a look at the sometimes unusual behavior of female celebrities and what it says about our society’s views on women. We also spoke to National MS Society North Florida Chapter President Corrina Madrid and cyclist and multiple sclerosis victim Ellen Kallaher about this Saturday’s MS: PGA Tour Cycle to the Shore bicycling fundraiser at TPCSawgrass.    

Amendment 2          

Depending who you ask, Florida’s medical marijuana Amendment 2 is needed to help those battling disease or it’s just a scam to legalize pot in the Sunshine State. Pitman discussed the opponent’s position on Amendment 2. Leslie Bocskor, founder of Electrum Partners — a firm specializing in medical and recreational cannabis — but was unable to participate.


There’s Britney Spears shaving her head and Whitney Houston saying, “Crack is whack.”

Ross spoke with Doyle about her book that dissects a centuries-old phenomenon of the female “trainwreck” and what it means to “behave.”


MS Bike Tour

It’s part of the number one fundraising cycling series in the nation.

The Bike MS PGA Tour on Northeast Florida’s scenic coastline will raise money to battle multiple sclerosis Saturday at TPC Sawgrass. Madrid and Kallaher spoke about the event including a few changes that had to be made due to Hurricane Matthew.    

Producer Kevin Meerschaert can be reached at, 904-358-6334 or on Twitter at @KMeerschaertJax

Kevin Meerschaert has left WJCT for new pursuits. He was the producer of First Coast Connect until October of 2018.