Today on Context Florida: Obscenity in Jacksonville, Amendment 2, America’s mojo and Charlotte’s web

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Today on Context Florida:

On the Monday before Thanksgiving, Julie Delegal noted that something obscene happened in Jacksonville. On Nov. 24, the secretary of the Duval County Republican Party, Kim Crenier, tweeted the following about protesters in Missouri: “A suggestion for Ferguson — fire hoses. Grt big fire hoses, serious water pressure. Knock those thugs over. They probly need a shower anyway.”

In November, Amendment 2, which would have allowed the use of medical marijuana in Florida, garnered just under 58 percent support. It needed 60 percent to pass. Ben Pollara says that this issue now is clearly a major part of the political and legislative dialogue in our state. But there was a time in the not-too-distant past when medical marijuana was a taboo topic.

Watching demonstrations across the country reminds Marc Yacht that an apathetic public can come to life.  Has America found its MOJO, he asks. Perhaps the public will begin to question why every industrialized nation but ours provides health care to all its citizens. Demonstrators may want to understand why someone has to work two and three jobs to barely support a family.

Implementing the Charlotte’s Web medical marijuana legislation is at a standstill and may remain that way for some time, writes James Call. Last month an administrative law judge rejected proposed rules drafted by the Department of Health. Whatever DOH decides, an appeal or a rewrite, it is doubtful that a licensing process would begin before the Legislature convenes the 2015 session March 3.

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