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Medical marijuana is sweeping the country; Colorado and Washington are just the first states to legalize recreational use. We talk with a California entrepreneur who plans to cash in on what's called "the Green Rush." Can money be made on "responsible use" or will profits depend on abuse of a drug that's now more potent than ever? Also, LA's global village prepares for the World Cup. Will a California Republican be the next Majority Leader in Congress?

Image-for-WWLA.jpgLater, on To the Point, an Islamic group — called "too extreme" by al-Qaeda — is taking over some major areas in Iraq, including Tikrit, a provincial capital, and the oil-exporting city of Mosul, where 48 people are hostages in the Turkish consulate. What's in store for the rest of the Middle East?

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Producers:
Katie Cooper
Andrea Brody
Evan George

Republican from Bakersfield Sets Sights on Cantor’s Job 5 MIN, 46 SEC

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor suffered a stunning upset last night in a Virginia Congressional primary. He spent $5 million, compared to his Tea Party Opponent, David Brat, who spent just $200,000 and never thought he could win. Today the big question is, will Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield be the next Majority Leader? Cantor says, “If he does decide to run, I think he would make an outstanding majority leader and I will be backing him with my full support.” Carolyn Lochhead covers Washington for the San Francisco Chronicle.

Guests:
Carolyn Lochhead, San Francisco Chronicle (@carolynlochhead)

Consumer Reports for Legalized Marijuana 11 MIN, 29 SEC

"Start Small." "Wait." "Don't Mix." Those are some of the warnings Maureen Dowd did not know about.  As a result, she overdosed on a marijuana-laced candy bar, an experience she made the subject of two recent columns in the New York Times. Dowd was a non-user -- even of medical marijuana -- who went to Denver to find out what legalizing recreational use was all about. That's territory that Justin Hartfield has been exploring since 2007 when he founded Weedmaps.  Now he's the CEO of a $25 million company, headquartered in Irvine.  He says he's perfectly positioned to become the "Phillip Morris of marijuana." We hear from him and from Mark Kleiman, Professor of Public Policy at UCLA and co-author of Marijuana and Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know.

Guests:
Mark Kleiman, University of California, Los Angeles (@MarkARKleiman)

More:
Dowd on how not to get high (caution against eating too much eatable marijuana)
Dowd on how to get high

Marijuana Legalization

Jonathan P. Caulkins

LA Goes Gaga over the World Cup 10 MIN, 46 SEC

With the World Cup scheduled to start in Brazil tomorrow, Football Fever is raising temperatures here in Southern California. KCRW's Saul Gonzalez didn't need a thermometer to find out.

 

Guests:
Saul Gonzalez, KCRW producer (@SaulKCRW)

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