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Medical marijuana was approved by California voters 12 years ago. But under federal law, it’s as illegal as cocaine and heroin. The US Supreme Court says federal law prevails, so a jury has convicted a Morro Bay dispensary owner for selling and distribution despite his support from the town mayor. Also tonight, three LA area hospitals are accused of recruiting homeless people for Medicare fraud. Image Credit: LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images

Producers:
Karen Radziner
Katie Cooper

Main Topic Marijuana Dispensary Owner Found Guilty—Federal Law Always Wins 18 MIN, 33 SEC
Charles Lynch runs Central Coast Compassionate Caregivers in Morro Bay—a dispensary for medical marijuana. Under the state law approved by voters in 1996, that’s perfectly legal, and Lynch has the support of Morro Bay’s Mayor. But yesterday in Los Angeles a federal court jury convicted Lynch of selling and distributing marijuana. Marijuana is illegal under federal law, and the US Supreme Court has ruled that federal law prevails. Lynch could be sentenced to between 5 and 85 years in federal prison.

Guests:
John Litrell, Deputy Federal Public Defender
Thom Mrozek, US Attorney's Office
Janice Peters, Mayor of Moro Bay
Ed McCann, Runs the Green Sun Collective, a medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles near LAX

Making News Local Hospitals Raided In Medicare Fraud Investigation 6 MIN, 8 SEC
Three southern California hospitals have been accused of rounding up homeless people on Skid Row, faking medical illnesses and collecting payments from Medicare and Medi-Cal. The FBI today served warrants at the City of Angels and Metropolitan Medical Centers in Los Angeles and the Tustin Hospital and Medical Center in Orange County.

Guests:
Cara Mia Dimassa, Reporter for the Los Angeles Times

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