The City of Oakland and the Business of Marijuana

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Oakland has approved four industrial factories to produce large amounts of marijuana, much more than is needed now for legal medical use. Is the city counting on voters to approve Proposition 19 in November?  What would it mean to legalize recreational dope smoking? We look at a RAND study called "Altered States" and hear from supporters and opponents of Prop 19. Also, Governor Schwarzenegger makes his pick to head the state high court. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, China has surpassed the US as the world's largest consumer of energy. We look at the massive changes in store for the global marketplace, foreign policy, greenhouse gases and climate change.

Banner image:One-ounce bags of medicinal marijuana are displayed at the Berkeley Patients Group March 25, 2010 in Berkeley, California. Proposition 19, to legalize the possession and sale of marijuana in the State of California, will appear on the November 2 general election ballot. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images


Credits

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Darrell Satzman, Julia Flucht