FROM Don Duncan
Medical Marijuana The City Council's effort to establish some order on medical marijuana in Los Angeles was Proposition D, which won big last night. But supporters of the competing Measure F are threatening court action. D will limit dispensaries to 130 or so, while F would have allowed a free market to work its will. Don Duncan is California Director of Americans for Safe Access (to medical marijuana).
Measure M: LA's Effort to Cash In on Medical Marijuana Measure M on next week's Los Angeles City ballot would impose a hefty business tax on medical marijuana. The ballot argument claims it would raise $10 million for everything from public safety to libraries to paving roads, alleys and sidewalks. But the language of the measure itself reminds voters that "the sale of marijuana is illegal." We hear why the City Council went ahead anyway and get the pros and cons.
Progress on the Medical Marijuana Ordinance Oakland and San Francisco tightly regulate sales of medical marijuana. So does West Hollywood, where the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department says four legal dispensaries are free of crime and neighbors are not complaining. Los Angeles is another story, and today a joint city council committee -- no pun intended, took another stab at controlling an estimated 1000 dispensaries .
US Attorneys Told to Go after Pot Traffickers, Not Patients Marijuana is illegal under federal law, but 15 states, including California, have legalized it for medicinal use. Today US Attorney General Eric Holder reversed national policy and ordered federal authorities not to arrest or charge suppliers or users who conform to state laws. Los Angeles has more marijuana dispensaries than any place else, between 800 and 1000 — more than there are public schools. District Attorney Steve Cooley, who's up for re-election next year, says "about 100 percent…are operating illegally." That's because, he insists, they are making money. Cooley declined to appear tonight on WWLA?, as did City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, who agrees with Cooley's conclusion.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.