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Anaheim and Santa Ana exemplify what headline writers call a "disjointed" state policy on medical marijuana. Anaheim has banned sales altogether. Neighboring Santa Ana has gone the other way; it held a lottery last week for dispensary licenses, and rapper Louis "Be-Real" Freese is one of 20 winners hoping to open one called, "Dr. Green Thumb."

Also, who gets to operate LA's iconic Greek Theater? There's money and politics at stake in tomorrow's City Council decision.

Photo: David Trawin

Producers:
Evan George
Sonya Geis

Who Gets the Greek Theatre? 6 MIN, 46 SEC

The Greek Theatre is one of LA's iconic venues and the biggest money-maker for the Department of Recreation and Parks. Now it's embroiled in a political battle scheduled for resolution tomorrow by the full City Council. Dave Brooks is founder and executive editor of Amplify Media, which covers the event- and live-entertainment industries.

Guests:
Dave Brooks, Amplify Media (@RealDaveBrooks)

Dazed and Confused over Orange County's Pot Policies? 13 MIN, 48 SEC

Medical marijuana was approved by California voters in 1996, and it's a billion-dollar industry. But state law gives cities the option of either approving dispensaries or banning them. Anaheim had more than 110 dispensaries three years ago. Since then, it's been closing them down — going to court and shutting off their water and power. The city is now saying "no," but Santa Ana, next door, held a lottery last Thursday for 20 licenses. No less than 630 applicants paid $1700 each for a chance to open a business.

Guests:
Sal Tinajero, Santa Ana City Councilman
Kris Murray, Anaheim City Council

More:
City of Santa Ana Council-Referred Medical Marijuana Regulation Ordinance (Measure BB)
Medical Cannabis Restriction and Limitation Initiative (Measure CC)

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