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California will likely join Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Alaska in November in making the recreational use of pot legal. What can California learn from those states about what legalization might mean for public health and public safety?

And, will legalization lead to fewer drug-related arrests and convictions of minorities?

Then, frontrunner Kamala Harris is on the defensive in the race to fill Barbara Boxer’s U.S. Senate seat. What her record as Attorney General says about what kind of a senator she might be.

And finally, new moms in need of mommy friends find “there’s an app for that.”

Photo: kerinin

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

The Public Health Risks of Legal Pot 12 MIN, 48 SEC

California voters will decide in November whether to legalize marijuana. The Adult Use of Marijuana Act likely has enough valid signatures to be on the ballot, and if it passes as current polling suggests it will, California will join Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Alaska in making the recreational use of pot legal. What can California learn from those states about what legalization might mean for public health and public safety?

Guests:
Stanton Glantz, UC San Francisco (@ProfGlantz)
Amanda Reiman, Manager at Drug Policy Alliance (@AmandaReiman)

More:
Glantz public health analysis of two proposed marijuana legalization initiatives
California Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Initiative (full text)

Does Pot Legalization Lead to Fewer Minority Arrests? 7 MIN, 46 SEC

Advocates for legalizing recreational marijuana often argue that legalization will mean fewer drug-related arrests and convictions of minorities. California’s Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom has cited the disproportional impact of the "War on Drugs" on people of color as a reason for his support of legalization. It is true that African Americans are only 7 percent of the population in California, but represent more than 20 percent of those arrested for marijuana felonies. So how would legalization impact arrest rates? A look at what happened after Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana in 2012 is in order.

Guests:
Tom James, Writer, Contributor (@tomjames206)

Kamala Harris on the Defensive in US Senate Race 8 MIN, 50 SEC

California Attorney General Kamala Harris is widely seen as the frontrunner in the race to fill Barbara Boxer’s soon-to-be-open U.S. Senate seat, even though nearly half of likely voters are still undecided. Because of her frontrunner status, she was was the bullseye on the target for challengers at Tuesday’s debate in San Diego. Right out of the gates, opponent Duf Sundheim said, “Kamala is failing to keep us safe.” Harris also took tough questions from the moderators on officer-involved shootings and nuclear waste disposal. What has Harris’ record been as Attorney General and what does it say about what kind of a U.S. Senator she would be?

Guests:
John Wildermuth, San Francisco Chronicle (@jfwildermuth)

Need More Mom Friends? There’s an App For That 11 MIN, 30 SEC

There are plenty of in-person mommy groups out there, but there are also millions of new parents who can’t meet up with other parents when they’re in need of friendship or advice. For those parents, there are apps – including a new crop of apps that connect people, like Tinder for parents.

Guests:
Stephen Hurley, Writer
Stephanie Escajeda, Actress

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