City Looks to State Law in Effort to Regulate Medical Marijuana
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Conflicting court decisions have muddied the law on medical marijuana dispensaries, with the City of LA the most muddled of all. With the City Council divided over whether to ban them, the City Attorney is filing suit against those that are too close to schools. Also, the fired city official who's getting a settlement of $1.2 million. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, democracy, Islam and Egypt's economy.
Banner image: City Attorney Carmen Trutanich is using state law against medical marijuana dispensaries that are too close to schools. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
Another Crackdown on Medical Marijuana ()
Medical marijuana is legal in California but prohibited under federal law, and that's created confusion in the courts and in many cities. The City of Los Angeles once had as many as 850 dispensaries, but now the City Council is divided over a proposal to ban them altogether. In the meantime, City Attorney Carmen Trutanich is targeting dispensaries operating within 600 feet of schools, relying on state law. If he succeeds, it'll cost violators $5,000 a day as long as they stay open.
- Asha Greenberg: Los Angeles City Attorney's Office
- Frank Chimienti: Chimienti Law Firm
- Michael Larson: Eagle Rock Neighborhood Association
LA Housing Authority Troubles Continue ()
Public TV station KCET's SoCal Connected program has helped reveal a major scandal at LA's Housing Authority involving former director Rudolf Montiel. He went from being celebrated as a reformer to disgrace as a spender of taxpayer money on personal luxuries including limousine rides and lavish means at pricey restaurants. Despite being fired for misplaced priorities and poor management, Montiel's contract required that he receive a severance deal worth almost $1.2 million. Laurel Erickson reports for SoCal Connected.
Democracy, Islam and Egypt's Economy ()
The Muslim Brotherhood and ultra-conservative Salafists won 60 percent of the vote in Egypt's recent elections. What will that mean for the ruling military, relations with the US and for democracy? Are those issues distractions from the economic concerns of the mass of Egyptians?
- Matt Bradley: Dow Jones News Wires, @MattMcBradley
- Marina Ottaway: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
- Ahmed Younis: Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, @ahmedyounisjd
- Mohammad Fadel: University of Toronto, @Shanfaraa
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