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5/15/2017: Next For Corrine Brown; Medical Marijuana; Ann Sabbag; Cole Pepper

  Monday on “First Coast Connect,” attorney John Phillips (1:03) talked about what’s next in the case of former Congresswoman Corrine Brown (D-FL5). We spoke with David Feuerstein (23:10) from the New York-based Feuerstein Kulick law firm on why medical marijuana legislation is so slow moving in Florida. Health Designs founder and CEO Ann Sabbag (40:50) talked about the future of workplace wellness, and WJCT sports analyst Cole Pepper (44:45) discussed a historic PLAYERS Championship. 

What’s Next For Rep. Brown

Former Jacksonville Congresswoman Corrine Brown is now a convicted felon. Last week, a jury returned guilty verdicts on 18 of 22 federal counts related to her role in raising money for a bogus charity and spending much of that money on herself and her friends and family. Her attorneys are saying they’ll appeal the conviction and request a new trial.   


Medical Marijuana  

Florida lawmakers ended their legislative session last week without an agreement on how to implement a voter-approved constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana in the state. One major sticking point was the number of retail outlets that could operate in Florida. The slow pace of implementation has frustrated patients seeking wider access to cannabis.

Ann Sabbag   

Local firm Health Designs is an industry leader in workplace wellness.  It’s been honored as one of the top 50 women-led companies in Florida that promote a culture of wellness. Health Designs is one of 86 recipients for the distinction nationwide.

Sports with Cole Pepper

South Korean golfer Si Woo Kim became the youngest-ever winner of  THE PLAYERS Championship this weekend. The 21-year-old had a  bogey-free final round of 69 to finish at 10 under par, three strokes better than England's Ian Poulter and South African Louis Oosthuizen. Also, the Jacksonville Armada soccer team lost for the first time this season 3-to-1 against North Carolina FC.  

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.