FROM Lynne Lyman
Prop 64: The legalization of recreational marijuana use One of the hottest measures on the ballot this November is Proposition 64 , the one legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. California legalized marijuana for medical use in 1996. But are voters ready to take the next step? We look at both sides of the very high profile issue.
Pot Sentencing Marijuana is now legal in Alaska and Washington D.C., but federal law says you can’t possess marijuana, grow it, or sell it. It’s an interesting conundrum for our nation’s capital, and for states like California that have relaxed marijuana possession laws. We talk about how that plays out in our criminal justice system.
LA Is Learning Tough on Crime Is Tough to Undo Ever since election day, the phones have been busy at the LA County Public Defender’s Office. The calls are flooding in from convicts looking to have their sentences reduced and -- ultimately -- to get released from jail under Proposition 47 . The proposition reclassifies a number of non-violent and drug-related crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. The LA County District Attorney’s office says there are about 4,000 cases pending in Los Angeles courts alone that could be eligible for re-sentencing under the new law. But is LA’s criminal justice system prepared to carry out the will of California voters?
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.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?