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The Los Angeles City Council's considering a total ban on shops that sell medical marijuana, at least until the State Supreme Court decides if it's legal for cities even to authorize their existence. Also at issue is the conflict between what voters legalized in 1996 and federal law, which says they're illegal. Right now there are at least 300, many of which sport neon signs and advertise that "the doctor is in." We hear from a councilman who supports a ban and from the Union of Medical Marijuana Patients. Also, the suicide of Soul Train creator Don Cornelius. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, despite Mitt Romney's big win in Florida, Republicans are more divided than ever.

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Main Topic Will the City of LA Ban Pot Shops? 11 MIN, 22 SEC

The City of Los Angeles has been struggling over medical marijuana since California voters approved it under certain conditions in 1996. With no regulation at all, 850 dispensaries popped up by 2009. The City Council pared that down to about 300. Now, led by Councilman José Huizar, a total ban is under consideration.

José Huizar, Los Angeles City Council (@josehuizar)
James Shaw, Union of Medical Marijuana Patients

Reporter's Notebook Remembering Soul Train's Don Cornelius 8 MIN, 35 SEC

Soul Train was one of the longest-running shows in television history, a Saturday afternoon event that helped spread black music and culture to the rest of the world. It was started in 1970 by a Chicago disc jockey named Don Cornelius, who died early this morning at his home in Sherman Oaks of a self-inflicted gunshot. When Cornelius syndicated the program he brought it to LA, where it originated for 35 years. One avid viewer was Erin Aubry Kaplan, now a columnist and the author of Black Talk, Blue Thoughts, and Waling the Color Line: Dispatches from a Black Journalista.

Erin Aubry Kaplan, KCET / Los Angeles Times

Main Topic The High Cost of Going Negative in the GOP Campaign 10 MIN, 56 SEC

The High Cost of Going Negative in the GOP CampaignMitt Romney out spent Newt Gingirch by five to one in Florida, with an unprecedented avalanche of personal attack ads. Romney says Gingrich can't "whine" [his word] after going negative in South Carolina, and he promises that the campaign will have a happy ending for Republicans. Romney's big win in Florida earned him Secret Service protection, but Gingrich, Santorum and Paul are not conceding anything yet. We look at a nasty campaign and a divided Republican party.

Michael D. Shear, New York Times (@shearm)
Larry Sabato, University of Virginia Center for Politics (@larrysabato)
Jeffrey Lord, American Spectator (@JeffJlpa1)
Mona Charen, Ethics and Public Policy Institute / National Review Online (@monacharenEPPC)
Peter Fenn, Fenn Communications / George Washington University (@peterhfenn)

The Age of Reagan

Steven F. Hayward

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