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Is it time to legalize cannabis in the USA?; aphasia; support for Ukraine; Sleeping Giant Fest

Andrey Saprykin

The US House of Representatives passed legislation last week to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level, with some Florida Republicans supporting it. It opens the door for debate on both sides.

Guest: Sally Kent Peebles, a partner with Vicente Sederberg and member of the state’s Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee.


Fans of actor Bruce Willis were saddened to learn last week that he suffers from aphasia. It’s a disorder in the brain that affects communication.

Guest: Kayla Fouraker, of theBrooks Rehabilitation Aphasia Center in Jacksonville.

Support for Ukraine

A Jacksonville chef is raising money to help international nonprofit World Central Kitchen feed thousands of Ukrainian refugees forced from their homes by the Russian invasion.

Guest: Chef Jay Phelan, of J. William Culinary.

Sleeping Giant Fest

The Sleeping Giant Fest returns to Sun-Ray Cinema this week, after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.

Guest:  Shana David-Massett, the festival’s co-programmer.

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Patrick Cantin is joining WJCT from the University of North Florida as a news intern for the fall 2020 semester.