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Polls show 60 percent of likely California voters support the November ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana. Backers of the measure see big dollar signs in California’s future and the green rush dream is on display this week at the Cannabis Business Expo.

Not everyone in attendance is stoked about Prop 64, though. Take Virgil Grant, for instance, one of the original medical marijuana dispensary owners in LA, who’s skeptical that legalizing recreational weed will be a good thing for people like him.

Next, NBC’s Matt Lauer is being criticized for his performance as the host of the network’s presidential forum on foreign policy. Observers say he failed to push back against Donald Trump and spent too much time hounding Hillary Clinton about her use of a private email server during her time as Secretary of State. Was Lauer inappropriately tough on Clinton and easy on Trump?

Then, it’s been four years since Frank Ocean put out his first studio album, the seminal “Channel Orange.” Does his long-anticipated “Blonde” live up to the hype?

Finally, Apple announced its iPhone 7 has no headphone jack. Will that allow Apple better control over content rights?

Photo courtesy of Adam Jones

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Sarah Sweeney

Green rush dreams on display at LA’s Cannabis Business Expo 9 MIN, 41 SEC

Polls show 60 percent of likely California voters support Proposition 64 – the November ballot initiative that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Backers of the measure see big dollar signs in California’s future, and local growers and retailers, as well as out-of-state hedge funds and big money investors, are positioning themselves to cash in on what could be a multi-billion dollar a year industry. The green rush dream is on display this week at the LA Convention Center at the Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo and KCRW reporter and producer Saul Gonzalez went to check it out.

Guests:
Saul Gonzalez, KCRW producer (@SaulKCRW)

Prop 64 could pit mom-and-pop pot shops against big business 6 MIN, 35 SEC

Not everyone attending the 2016 Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo is stoked about Proposition 64 – the ballot measure to legalize recreational pot. Take Virgil Grant, for instance, who’s already in the cannabis business. Grant has had an up and down experience in the marijuana industry so far. He is one of the original medical marijuana dispensary owners in LA, but that got him into trouble with federal authorities and he ended up spending six years in federal prison. Now he advises caution, and he’s skeptical that legalizing recreational weed now will be a good thing for people like him.

Guests:
Virgil Grant III, Founder

More:
California Minority Alliance

Matt Lauer faces critics after NBC’s presidential forum 9 MIN, 56 SEC

NBC’s Matt Lauer is facing critics Thursday for his performance as the host of the network’s presidential forum on foreign policy. Observers say he failed to push back against Donald Trump when he said he did not support the war in Iraq, which he did. Lauer also didn’t follow up when Trump said things that required a little more explaining: like how, in response to Lauer’s question about whether Trump’s rhetoric could destabilize foreign relations and put American lives at risk, Trump responded: “I think if you saw what happened in Mexico the other day, when I went there, I had great relationships, everything else. I let them know where the United States stands… And if you look at what happened, look at the aftermath today where the people that arranged the trip in Mexico have been forced out of government. That’s how well we did.” Without pushing back, Lauer moved on. But he did spend a full third of Hillary Clinton’s portion of the forum pushing back on her use of a private email server during her time as Secretary of State. Was Lauer inappropriately tough on Clinton and easy on Trump?

Guests:
James Poniewozik, New York Times (@poniewozik)

Frank Ocean channels psychedelia in ‘Blonde’ 12 MIN, 17 SEC

It’s been four years since singer and rapper Frank Ocean put out his first studio album, the seminal “Channel Orange.” Since then, fans have been eagerly awaiting the follow-up. First it was supposed to come out in July of 2015, then it was July of 2016. There were all kinds of rumors that Ocean would be a one-hit wonder and that the album was never going to be released. But when the dam finally burst, Ocean released two albums. First, “Endless,” his final album under his contract with Universal Music Group, was a “visual album” – essentially a forty minute music video. Then, two days later, Ocean released “Blonde” on his own new label, Boys Don’t Cry. Does “Blonde” live up to the hype?

Guests:
Mario Cotto, Host of Mario Cotto (@mariocotto)

Web: Headphone jackless iPhone hysteria 9 MIN, 24 SEC

Apple held its iPhone 7 event Wednesday, and the big news is that the new model has no headphone jack. Now rumor has it this new headphone arrangement will allow Apple better control over content rights.

Guests:
Xeni Jardin, BoingBoing.net (@xeni)

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