FROM Eric Shevin
LA's Mixed Message to Marijuana Dispensaries The City of LA is always short of money, but the City Council is trying to cut off what sounds like a potential source of revenue. It wants the City Attorney to ask the finance office to stop issuing business-tax registration certificates to newly established marijuana dispensaries. Eric Shevin is a lawyer in Sherman Oaks who specializes in marijuana regulations.
Part 1: Medical Marijuana There’s less than a month left for hundreds of medical marijuana clinics to close their doors or face fines of up to 2500-dollars a day. What about patients who say they need their medicine? LA City officials are trying to tame the “Wild West of Weed” that resulted from their failure to regulate medical marijuana--which was legalized by voters in 1996 and clarified by the legislature in 2003. In the absence of city action, hundreds of clinics sprung up, and a new ordinance is aimed at closing most of them down. The City Attorney has ordered all but 186 to shut their doors by June 7th. Eric Shevin is a lawyer who says only a lawsuit will settle this once and for all…
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
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.
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.