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Marijuana enforcement; prescription drug shortages; First Coast Relief Fund; Artwalk

Marijuana grows in the home of two medical marijuana patients in Medford, Oregon.
Jeff Barnard
Marijuana grows in the home of two medical marijuana patients in Medford, Oregon.

The Department of Health and Human Services has asked the Drug Enforcement Agency to reevaluate marijuana’s classification in an attempt to ease limitations on the drug.

Marijuana is currently listed as a Schedule 1 drug alongside substances such as heroin and LSD.

Sally Kent Peebles, a cannabis attorney and partner with Vicente Sederberg LLP, joins us today for a closer look at the issue.

Prescription drug shortages

Prescription drug shortages are on the rise in the United States. Some of these medications, such as antibiotics and cancer therapies, are critical to patients' health.

Dr. Joe Sirven, a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic and our in-house medical expert, talks with us about what the Food and Drug Administration is doing to resolve the issue.

First Coast Relief Fund

The Jacksonville community is still hurting from the deaths of three Black residents as a result of a racist shooting. Addressing racial imbalances in the community is an important element of the healing process.

Melanie Patz, president and CEO of United Way, discusses how the First Coast Relief Fund will help restore the northwest part of Jacksonville.

What’s Good Wednesday

It’s the first Wednesday of the month, and Artwalk will take place Downtown tonight.

Kandice Nicole, founder of the Black Mural Map and the Petite Art Pop, tells us what we can expect to see at Artwalk.

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Kathy Waterman joined WJCT News 89.9 as associate producer after graduating from the University of North Florida with a degree in multimedia journalism. She was previously a production intern on the station's talk shows.