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Today on Context Florida: Hunting Ground, Jacksonville Mayo Clinic, medical marijuana and two chambers

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Today on Context Florida:

A Tallahassee theater on a holiday weekend is a lonely place, says Florence Snyder, especially if the film is ‘The Hunting Ground,’ a documentary examination of sexual assault on college campuses. Campus sexual assault is not a new problem. In the 20th century, universities stopped acting in loco parentis and many Baby Boomers violated by people they had thought of as friends. Some never spoke of it until years later, and others will carry the stories to their graves.

Florida is blessed to have some of the highest quality cancer care centers in the world, says Mia Jones, Democratic Leader Pro-Tempore and ranking member on the Health and Human Services Committee. Among them is the renowned Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, designated by the National Cancer Institute as a Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Florida Medical Cannabis Association Executive Director Cerise Naylor notes that since June 2014, medical marijuana has been legal in Florida thanks to the Florida Legislature’s passage of Senate Bill 1030. Unfortunately, Florida patients still wait for the law to become a reality in their medical treatment due to continuing delays in implementing the statute.

Peter Schorsch writes that in an interesting and oft-forgotten historical footnote, the origin of the terms “Upper Chamber” and “Lower Chamber” are not related to power, but were originally derived from the actual physical location of the legislative bodies. Thereafter, the Senate was considered “Upper Chamber,” despite having equal power to the House. As we head into the final days of the Florida legislative session, the terms seem to come into sharp contrast as a gantlet of sorts has been laid down between the upper and lower chambers.

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Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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