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Frederica Wilson Doesn’t Trust Border Patrol Agents Around Teenage Girls

U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., told CNN’s “New Day” that she doesn’t trust federal Custom and Border Patrol (CBP) agents around young girls as illegals are continued to be rounded up.

“I do not trust them (CBP) with adolescent girls. I do not trust them with girls going through puberty,” said the congresswoman.

 

Plastic and Styrofoam Cup Ban Approved in St. Augustine Beach

As one way to help clean up the local environment, the St. Augustine Beach City Commission approved an ordinance that would ban single-use straws, plastic bags and Styrofoam.

City officials think the move will help take care of litter problems.

The city claimed plastic materials cause harm to the environment, hurting animals including jellyfish and endangered sea turtles. The ordinances goes into effect at the start of 2020.

Violators of the city ordinance will get a verbal warning, followed by a $50 fine and then a $100 fine for each additional violation.

 

Recreational Marijuana on the Florida 2020 Ballot?

Supporters of recreational marijuana legalization say they want to implement a full court press to get a proposed amendment to the Florida Constitution on the 2020 ballot.

The Medical Marijuana Business Association’s Jeff Sharkey said the numbers look good in its favor. Sharkey pointed to a recent Quinnipiac University poll showing 65 percent of Floridians support recreational marijuana.

Sharkey says these numbers are encouraging. He points out that around four months ago, the polling was only showing the low 50s in voter support.

One of the groups behind the ballot proposal, Sensible Florida, claimed it has more than 63,000 signed petitions. The group noted it needs another 14,000 to get to the state Supreme Court. In 2016, Florida voters overwhelmingly supported medical marijuana. Gov. Ron DeSantis opposes legalizing recreational marijuana.

To pass, a proposed amendment needs 60 percent support from the voters in a general election.

 

Reach Ed Dean at ed.dean@floridadaily.com.

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