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Recreational marijuana; mosquito-borne illness; rip currents; fireworks

Marijuana grows beneath lights at Alternative Solutions, a medical marijuana producer, on April 20 in Washington, D.C.
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Marijuana grows beneath lights at Alternative Solutions, a medical marijuana producer, in Washington, D.C.

State Attorney General Ashley Moody has urged the Florida Supreme Court to reject the Smart and Safe Florida Committee’s proposed amendment to legalize recreational use of marijuana by people 21 and older. Local attorney Sally Kent Peebles, a partner with Vicente Sederberg LLP, gave us a closer look at the battle over marijuana in Florida.

Mosquito borne illness

The Florida Department of Health released an alert after four cases of mosquito-borne illness, malaria, were recently confirmed in Florida. Chad Nielsen, director of Accreditation and Infection Prevention at UF HealthJacksonville, addressed concerns about the disease ahead of the Fourth of July.

Rip currents

Ten people have died along Gulf of Mexico beaches, stretching from Florida’s panhandle to Mobile, Alabama, as a result of rip currents. We sat down with Tim Deegan, an avid surfer and longtime meteorologist for First Coast News, for tips on how to avoid rip currents and what to do if you encounter one.


Jacksonville’s Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration is making a comeback this year to celebrate the nation’s independence. Chandler Fussell, chief of sports and entertainment for the city of Jacksonville, called into WJCT to outline these events.

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Kelila Ritchie is a junior at the University of North Florida. She is majoring in mass communications with a focus in multimedia journalism. She is minoring in African American history.