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Capital Report: April 19, 2024

Florida’s six-week abortion ban goes into place May first. Abortion access advocates are working to ensure people who need care, will still be able to get it. And for that, many are turning to abortion funds. Regan McCarthy reports the second oldest abortion fund in the country operates in Florida.

Parents with young kids will soon be able to get their children free swimming lessons thanks to a new Florida law. As Adrian Andrews reports, state officials are touting the measure as a plan to save thousands of lives.

Florida voters will get to decide this November whether they want to allow recreational marijuana in their state. The state supreme court approved language Monday (4/1) for a ballot initiative that would change the state constitution to allow the sale and consumption of cannabis for Floridians over 21. Trulieve, the largest medical cannabis company in the state, was the main financial supporter behind getting the issue on the ballot. Kim Rivers, the company’s CEO, spoke with Tristan Wood about the push to legalize recreational pot and how its adoption would affect the medical industry.

Florida voters will decide in November whether to allow the adult use of marijuana through a proposal known as Amendment 3. Regulated industries attorney John Lockwood joined the Deeper Dive with Dara Kam podcast from the News Service of Florida. They talked about what the state Legislature might do to regulate a potential market for recreational marijuana.

Most people with opioid use disorder aren't in treatment. But research shows those with Medicaid are a lot more likely to get care. Florida is one of 10 states choosing not to expand the program. In part 2 of her report, WUSF’s Stephanie Colombini tells us how recent disruptions in coverage made it harder for some to get treatment.

Bob Graham transcended party. He was the governor of Florida for two terms and its U.S. Senator for three. He was a moderate Democrat whose signature issues were education, the environment and national security. But as Margie Menzel reports, his greatest legacy might be in the hearts of ordinary Floridians. Graham died Wednesday at the age of 87.