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With more states approving the use of marijuana, pot has moved from hippie communes to executive boardrooms.  As it becomes big business, will Congress consider lifting the total ban under federal law?

Also, the Supreme Court agrees to hear a new challenge to the Affordable Care Act, and Supreme Court justices get the conflict they’ve been waiting for on same-sex marriage.

Photo: Just Say Now

Producers:
Jenny Hamel
Claire Martin
Evan George

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear New ACA Challenge 6 MIN, 14 SEC

The Supreme Court has agreed to return to the political thicket — by taking seriously a challenge to Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act.  Adam Liptak covers the court for the New York Times.

Guests:
Adam Liptak, New York Times (@adamliptak)

Is Marijuana Prohibition Going Up in Smoke? 35 MIN, 40 SEC

Bans on marijuana may follow alcohol prohibition into the dustbin of American history. Twenty-three states have legalized medical marijuana. On Tuesday, Alaska, Oregon and the District of Columbia joined Colorado and Washington State in approving recreational use. California and other states are on the agenda for 2016. But medical use in 23 states has proven it won’t be easy. Problems with finance, quality control and protection of children have not been resolved, and pot is still in the same category as heroin under federal law. Will politicians be swayed by public opinion?

Guests:
Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times (@evanhalper)
Steve DeAngelo, Harborside Health Center (@stevedeangelo)
Natalie Singer-Velush, ParentMap magazine (@Natalie_Writes)
Ben Cort, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (@learnaboutsam)
Michael Correia, National Cannabis Industry Association (@NCIAorg)

More:
Halper on spreading pot legalization

The Cases that Could Settle Gay Marriage at the Supreme Court 7 MIN, 42 SEC

When the US Supreme Court declined to hear same-sex marriage cases earlier this year, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg said there was no rush — because there was no disagreement among the lower courts. Now there is. In Cincinnati yesterday, the 6th federal Circuit Court of Appeals upheld bans on same-sex marriage in Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky. Robert Barnes covers the Supreme Court for the Washington Post.

Guests:
Robert Barnes, Washington Post (@scotusreporter)

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