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Florida once again is a crucial battleground in the presidential campaign. Donald Trump has been there for several days, telling voters, "I'm back in my second home, Florida. I love my second home. I love Florida." Hillary Clinton will be there today and her running mate, Tim Kaine, has reminded voters just how important a role they're going to play. "You're a checkmate state, if Hillary wins Florida, she's going to be president." Professor Susan MacManus, who teaches political science at the University of South Florida, joins us from Tampa with an update.
Just 10 years ago, Americans opposed legalized marijuana by about two to one. Now those numbers have been reversed according to Gallup and the Pew Research Center. Medical marijuana has already been approved in almost half the country, and recreational use is legal in Washington State, Colorado, Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia. It's on next month's ballots in Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Arizona and — most importantly -- California. The biggest state in the nation with the world's sixth largest economy could be the tipping point for ending federal prohibition and discriminatory enforcement. But even many who want that are raising red flags. Ballot measures lack rules on cost or potency, leading medical and psychological experts to warn about "cannabis abuse disorder." Small farmers say it's all about Big Dope — just like Big Tobacco — a multi-billion-dollar industry that encourages abuse. We hear more about pros and cons.
Ingraham on growing support for legalizing marijuana
Drug Policy Alliance on marijuana legalization, regulation
Colorado Amendment 64: Use and Regulation of Marijuana
Kleiman on 6 undeniable facts about cannabis (that some are still denying)
Mark Kleiman and others
Native Americans and supporters from around the world are digging in against an oil pipeline near the Missouri River — despite being struck with batons, sprayed with Mace and charged with crimes. After the protesters lost a battle in court, the Obama Administration asked Energy Transfer, a Fortune 500 Company, to defer construction. But the bulldozers are coming. Sandy Tolan is there for the Los Angeles Times.
Dakota Access Pipeline protesters square off against police near the Standing Rock Reservation
and the pipeline route outside the little town of Saint Anthony, North Dakota
Photo: Terray Sylvester/Reuters
Protesters aren't the only ones being arrested, so are journalists perceived to be on their side. Deia Schlosberg, producer of a new climate-change documentary, How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change, is facing felony charges.
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Has the ‘Year of the Woman’ finally arrived? Women’s Rights are still not guaranteed by the Constitution, despite generations of effort. Will #MeToo, #TimesUp and backlash against President Trump make this a year of liberation? More women are running for office than ever before. And black women are especially energized. We’ll hear how times may be changing for women--in culture and at the ballot box.
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