FROM Lisa Leff
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Will California Finally Regulate Medical Marijuana? "Law and order may soon be coming to the Wild West of weed." That's according the Associated Press — 18 years after California voters approved medical marijuana , leaving oversight up to dozens of cities and local communities. Now, AP reporter Lisa Leff says the California legislature may finally be ready to enact new restrictions on farmers, dispensaries and the doctors who write prescriptions.
California Supreme Court Lets Cities Ban Pot Shops Today, just two weeks before Los Angeles city voters will face three ballot measures on medical marijuana dispensaries, the State Supreme Court ruled that cities and counties can ban it . Some 200 jurisdictions already do. Lisa Leff reports from San Francisco for the Associated Press .
California Supreme Court Seems to Side with Prop 8 Backers Proposition 8, the ban on same-sex marriage enacted by California voters, was back in court today. A federal judge has ruled it unconstitutional. Governor Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris have refused to defend it on appeal. So the federal appeals court has asked the State Supreme Court to decide if the measure’s sponsors, un-elected as they are, can do it instead. Lisa Leff covered today’s hour-long hearing for the Associated Press .
9th Circuit Asked to Allow Gay Marriages to Resume The Obama Administration reversed course today and said it will no longer defend the federal Defense of Marriage Act in court. Based on that, lawyers challenging Prop 8—which makes same-sex marriage illegal in California-- have asked the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to speed up its deliberations.
Lieutenant Governor Candidates More Interesting than the Office California's Lieutenant Governor takes over when the Governor leaves the state or becomes disabled. He or she also breaks tie votes in the State Senate and serves on a number of boards and commissions. Historically, most lieutenant governors have spent their time campaigning for higher office. This year, the Democratic and Republican candidates are San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and the incumbent, Abel Maldonado , who was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger when John Garamendi was elected to Congress. Lisa Leff reports from San Francisco for the Associated Press .
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.