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About 135 medical marijuana clinics are legal in Los Angeles, but 945 are registered to pay taxes. That means big revenue for the city -- from illegal businesses. We hear why some council members want that to end, even though the city always needs money. We also hear how the omnibus federal spending bill says both "yes" and "no" to legal marijuana.

Also, is John Muir’s idea of "wilderness" still relevant 100 years later?

Photo: O'Dea

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Claire Martin

Medical Marijuana, from LA City Hall to Capitol Hill 15 MIN, 1 SEC

Last month, Los Angeles voters approved Measure D, which was supposed to reduce the number of medical marijuana dispensaries from more than 1000 down to 135 or so. Some have shut down, but 945 still have registered to pay city taxes. That's good for two or three million dollars in revenue, but it's bad for some neighborhoods. And on Capitol Hill, a $1.1 trillion spending package Congress will vote on tomorrow contains a multitude of provisions, including conflicting passages about medical marijuana.

Guests:
Nury Martinez, Los Angeles City Council (@CD6Nury)
Kris Hermes, Americans for Safe Access (@SafeAccess)
Matt Ferner, Huffington Post (@matthewferner)

More:
Councilwoman Martinez calls for stop to registering illegal pot shops
Americans for Safe Access on Congress being ready to pass landmark medical marijuana legislation
Ferner on Congress blocking feds from targeting medical marijuana, hemp cultivation

The Legacy of John Muir 7 MIN, 52 SEC

Before he died just 100 years ago, John Muir turned the love of nature into a kind of religion. He gave what he called, "the wilderness" a spiritual value. He was instrumental in establishing the National Park System and he was the founding President of the Sierra Club. But can he be called the "patron saint" of the environmental movement as we know it today? Glen MacDonald is Professor of Geography at UCLA, where he holds the John Muir Memorial Chair.

Guests:
Glen MacDonald, UCLA

More:
MacDonald on Muir's legacy

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