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It's now official: marijuana is still illegal under federal law, officially as dangerous as heroin and worse than methamphetamine. At the same time, it's legal as medicine in 20 states.  But that doesn't mean state laws are models of clarity. California's are so vague that every city has its own regulations, and Los Angeles is about to put two — and probably three — competing proposals on the May ballot. We can't resolve the conflicts, but we try to explain them.  Also, with bookstores a diminishing resource, we look at a treasure in downtown LA. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, women in combat: another gender barrier is about to come down.

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Reporter's Notebook A Book Lover's Paradise in Downtown 5 MIN, 9 SEC

Is your iPad or Kindle not doing it for you? Do you want to hold a real book in your hands?  Then listen to this report from KCRW's Saul Gonzalez.

Guests:
Saul Gonzalez, KCRW producer (@SaulKCRW)

Main Topic Medical Marijuana and Legal Confusion 21 MIN, 23 SEC

President Obama recently asked the following question on ABC New: "How do you reconcile a federal law that still says marijuana is a federal offense and state laws that it's legal?" In California, other questions arise. Why do different cities regulate medical marijuana in different ways? Why will the City of Los Angeles very likely have three, competing medical marijuana measures on the ballot in May?

Guests:
Alex Kreit, Thomas Jefferson School of Law (@alexkreit)
Paul Koretz, Los Angeles City Council
David Welch, attorney
Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times (@katelinthicum)

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