Competing Medical Marijuana Bans Move Forward
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It's been 16 years since California voters approved medical marijuana, creating a nightmare for cities all over the state. Any form of the drug is illegal under federal law, and the Obama administration has surprised them all with a selective crackdown. We hear about LA's latest effort to reconcile the risk of legal action with patient demand. Also, the "other five" candidates for Los Angeles County District Attorney. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, Syria and agonizing questions with no good answers.
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The LA City Council Revisits Medical Marijuana ()
Since voters approved medical marijuana in 1996, California cities have been wrestling with how to regulate a substance that's illegal under federal law. Some 70 lawsuits are pending. The State Supreme Court is considering a lower court ruling against state legalization. In the meantime, the LA City Council is considering an outright ban — and another plan — allowing about 100 dispensaries to operate. We get more background, then speak with council members favoring each version.
Sizing Up Candidates in the DA Race ()
The Los Angeles County District Attorney runs the largest agency of its kind in the nation, with 60,000 felony prosecutions each year. The best-known candidate is LA's controversial City Attorney, who once promised not to run for the higher office. But when Steve Cooley announced he'd step down, Carmen Trutanich jumped into the race. With more money and more endorsements than the other five candidates, he has stopped participating in public forums. The other candidates include three African Americans, two of whom are women. Gene Maddaus has been covering the race for the LA Weekly.
The other five candidates for DA are:
The Syrian Government and the Massacre at Houla ()
Monitors for the United Nations have confirmed 108 victims, including 49 children and 34 women — many executed at close range — by Syrian soldiers last Friday. After this latest massacre in Houla, western nations have thrown Syrian diplomats out of their countries. The US today increased financial sanctions. But, there's no consensus on what to do next. Mitt Romney issued a statement saying it's time for the US to arm the rebels and criticizing President Obama for giving Syria's Assad regime time to murder more of its own people. The Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey said the US military is ready. We hear about a tattered peace plan and calls for arming Syria's rag-tag rebels.
- Callum Borchers: Boston Globe
- Abigail Fielding-Smith: Financial Times
- Radwan Ziadeh: Syrian National Council, @radwanziadeh
- Fawaz Gerges: London School of Economics and Politics
- Philip Gourevitch: Staff Writer, New Yorker magazine, @PGourevitch
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