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…
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
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.
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.