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FDA & CBD; Small Business Saturday; Local Gift Guide; St. Augustine Distillery

CBD products are pictured at New Leaf Vapor Co. in Five Points.

This week, the FDA issued warning letters to 15 companies for illegally selling products containing cannabidiol - that’s CBD - in ways that violate the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. The FDA also published a revised Consumer Update detailing safety concerns about CBD products more broadly. 

In addition to CBD, there’s lots of news around the state and the nation when it comes to marijuana legalization. Attorney Sally Kent Peebles and Folio Weekly Cannabis Columnist Shelton Hull joined us with an update on all things cannabis.

Small Business Saturday

After you’ve eaten that Thanksgiving turkey, and braved the Black Friday crowds, don’t forget to shop small - and support local businesses - this weekend on Small Business Saturday. Bernie Dandridge with Florida Capital Bank joined us now with a closer look at why shopping small can have a big impact.


Local Gift Guide

In honor of Small Business Saturday, we spent the last few weeks scouting out the best locally-made gifts in our area, and unveiled our picks Wednesday morning.  They cover everything from food to fashion to knowledge, and you can find them here through the holidays.

St. Augustine Distillery

One of our local picks is the St. Augustine Distillery. Philip McDaniel, Cofounder & CEO of the St. Augustine Distillery and Co-Founder, City Gate Spirits, joined us with some tips on how to have a spirited holiday.

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?