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An unlikely combination of interest groups may support new state regulations on medical marijuana. California's police chiefs want enforcement now. Advocates of legalizing pot for recreational use see a path to the future. We hear where they're prepared to agree and disagree about farmers, dispensaries and doctors. Also, new health warnings about the Exide lead-acid battery recycling plant in Vernon. Are state and county officials taking seriously the fears of the local community?

Image-for-WWLA.jpgLater on To the Point, at least 60,000 children from Central America are expected to be stopped at the US border this year — alone as well as illegal. We hear why they leave home, what terrors they encounter along the way, and their continuing struggles in this country.

 
Banner image: Rusty Blazenhoff

 

Producers:
Benjamin Gottlieb
Evan George
Jenny Hamel

High Lead Levels Found in Soil near Exide Battery Plant 5 MIN, 55 SEC

Exide Technologies is one of just two lead-acid battery smelters west of the Rockies, recycling as many as 25,000 batteries every day. Nearby residents have been worried about health effects from arsenic emissions. Now the state has found elevated levels of lead in soil near 39 homes and two schools, leading to warnings and orders for more testing. Jessica Garrison is reporting the story for the LA Times.

Guests:
Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times (@latimesjessicag)

More:
AQMD on Exide lawsuit, Quemetco
California Department of Toxic Substances Control on Exide
LA Times on County setting up strike team targeting toxic polluters, Exide

Will California Finally Regulate Medical Marijuana? 17 MIN, 53 SEC

"Law and order may soon be coming to the Wild West of weed." That's according the Associated Press — 18 years after California voters approved medical marijuana, leaving oversight up to dozens of cities and local communities. Now, AP reporter Lisa Leff says the California legislature may finally be ready to enact new restrictions on farmers, dispensaries and the doctors who write prescriptions. 

Guests:
Lisa Leff, Associated Press (@scoopscout)
Chris Boyd, California Police Chiefs' Association (@CalChiefs)
Lynne Lyman, Drug Policy Alliance (@lynnelyman)

More:
Ammiano's bill (AB 2312: Controlled substances)
California Polics Chiefs' Association on SB 1262
Correa's bill (SB 1262: Medical marijuana: regulation of physicians, dispensaries, cultivation sites)
Drug Policy Alliance on need for a rational marijuana policy
League of California Cities on SB 1262
Proposition D, 2013 WWLA interview with Mike Feuer

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