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5/13/19: Decriminalizing Pot; Faster Recovery Post-Surgery; Sandalwood Band


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Councilman Dennis in Studio 5.

Jacksonville City Councilman Garrett Dennis has introduced legislation to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. If passed, it would add Jacksonville to a growing list of states and cities moving to eliminate criminal penalties for recreational use of the drug. Councilman Dennis joined us to discuss his bill in more detail.

Faster Recovery After Surgery

Health care providers are starting to embrace an innovative new set of protocols designed to help patients heal faster after a surgery. They are known as Enhanced Recovery After Surgery, or ERAS.  Josue Brainin, MD, Anesthesiologist at Baptist Health; and Francine Marabell, Director of Safety and Clinical Quality, and Leader of the ERAS Multidisciplinary Task Force for Baptist Health, joined us for a closer look.

Cole Pepper

Cole Pepper joined us with an update on the Jacksonville Jaguars and other local sports news.

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Members of the Sandalwood High School Band in Studio 5.

Sandalwood High School Band

The Sandalwood High School Band is on a quest to win the Manilow Music Project Grant. Band Director Stephen Panoff joined us, along with some band members, to tell us more about it - and perform.

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Heather Schatz can be reached at, 904-358-6334 or on Twitter at @heatherschatz.

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Heather is the senior producer of WJCT 89.9 FM talk shows including First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, the Florida Roundup and What's Health Got to Do with It?