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The movement to legalize marijuana appears to be on a roll, despite a defeat this week in Ohio. It's already America's fastest growing commodity, which has the original legalization movement worried that Big Pot could turn out to be just like Big Alcohol or Big Tobacco. In an economy based on the profit motive, will legalization have unintended consequences?

Later on the program, one of the world's most honored dissidents is back on the ballot. We hear about Sunday's election in Myanmar.

Photo: boodoo

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Paul von Zielbauer
Charlotte Duren

Obama Rejects the Keystone XL Energy Pipeline 6 MIN, 30 SEC

After seven years of contentious debate, President Obama has finally rejected the Keystone XL pipeline, designed to take 800,000 barrels of Canadian tar sands oil to the Gulf Coast of Texas. At the White House today, the President listed his reasons. "The pipeline would not make a meaningful, long-term contribution to our economy. So if Congress is serious about wanting to create jobs, this is not the way to do it." He also said it would not lower gasoline prices or make the US more energy secure.

Josh Lederman, White House reporter for the Associated Press, has more on the President's decision.

Guests:
Josh Lederman, Associated Press (@joshledermanAP)

More:
Secretary of State John Kerry on the Keystone permit determination

Will Big Money Create "Big Pot?" 33 MIN, 25 SEC

Marijuana is a one-time symbol of America's counter-culture. Still illegal under federal law, its medical use has been approved in 23 states; four states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational use. And it's already a $2.7 billion business that's attracting Wall Street and Silicon Valley investors to a legalization movement originally devoted to medical needs and social justice. Activists warning about Big Pot — a corporate behemoth like Big Alcohol or Big Tobacco — with little concern for public health or the environment. In an economy based on the profit motive, will legalization have unintended consequences?

Guests:
Wil Hylton, New York magazine (@wilshylton)
Keith Humphreys, Stanford School of Medicine (@KeithNHumphreys)
Don Wirtshafter, Donald Wirtshafter Law Office (@EWirtshafter)
Ben Cort, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (@learnaboutsam)

More:
Aaron Sorkin on the ethical questions of investing in pot
Associated Press on Bob Marley heirs joining US firm to launch pot brand
Humphreys on how the marijuana legalization movement went corporate
Hylton on Willie Nelson's crusade to stop big pot

Myanmar Elections 10 MIN, 7 SEC

In Southeast Asian nation of Myanmar — formerly called Burma — the last "free" election was in 1990. The National League for Democracy, led by long-time dissident Aung San Suu Kyi, won an overwhelming victory. But that led to a brutal crackdown and 20 years of harsh military rule. Another election is now planned for this coming Sunday, and the League is back on the ballot. So is Aung San Suu Kyi.


Aung San Suu Kyi at the World Economic Forum in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, June 6, 2013
Photo by C. George

Guests:
Delphine Schrank, journalist and author (@delphineschrank)
Joshua Kurlantzick, Council on Foreign Relations (@CFR_org)

More:
Kurlantzick on concerns over irregularities, fraud in Myanmar's election
Kurlantzick on questions of genocide in Myanmar

The Rebel of Rangoon

Delphine Schrank

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