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Oakland has approved four industrial factories to produce large amounts of marijuana, much more than is needed now for legal medical use. Is the city counting on voters to approve Proposition 19 in November?  What would it mean to legalize recreational dope smoking? We look at a RAND study called "Altered States" and hear from supporters and opponents of Prop 19. Also, Governor Schwarzenegger makes his pick to head the state high court. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, China has surpassed the US as the world's largest consumer of energy. We look at the massive changes in store for the global marketplace, foreign policy, greenhouse gases and climate change.

Banner image:One-ounce bags of medicinal marijuana are displayed at the Berkeley Patients Group March 25, 2010 in Berkeley, California. Proposition 19, to legalize the possession and sale of marijuana in the State of California, will appear on the November 2 general election ballot. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images


Producers:
Darrell Satzman
Julia Flucht

Main Topic California Weighs Marijuana Legalization 20 MIN, 9 SEC

The City of Oakland got a jump on the rest of California last night by authorizing four industrial facilities to grow and package marijuana. Pot is already legal for medical uses, but recreational use is on the November ballot, and there’s a bill in the State Assembly to legalize and tax it statewide.

Guests:
John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times
Beau Kilmer, RAND Drug Policy Research Center
Dale Gieringer, Director, California NORML
Joey Esposito, Opponent, Proposition 19

Marijuana Medical Handbook

Dale Gieringer, Gregory Carpenter, Ed Rosenthal

Making News Governor Makes His Pick to Head State High Court 5 MIN, 44 SEC

Governor Schwarzenegger has named an appellate court judge to succeed Ron George as Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court. Tani Cantil Sakauye would be the first Filipina and give the court a female majority for the first time. Bob Egelko reports on the court for the San Francisco Chronicle.

Guests:
Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle

Main Topic China Overtakes US in Energy Consumption 26 MIN, 7 SEC

Ten years ago, China consumed half as much energy as the United States.  Now, after economic development at breakneck speed, China is the world’s largest consumer of oil, gas, coal, nuclear power and renewables.


Guests:
Neil King, Wall Street Journal (@NKingofDC)
Trevor Houser, Rhodium Group (@trevor_houser)
Michael Shellenberger, President, Breakthrough Institute
Bjorn Lomborg, Copenhagen Consensus Center (@bjornlomborg)

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