FROM Hilary Bricken
Where can you smoke (or eat) pot in Los Angeles? California's recreational marijuana marketplace is now open for business. But there is still a lot of uncertainty surrounding where you're allowed to get high.
Racial barriers to cashing in on the recreational pot business Starting on January 1, recreational marijuana will be legal in California. Selling weed could produce an economic boom — but for whom? Thanks to racial disparities in drug enforcement and in funding, the marijuana marketplace is not equal for black and white Americans.
A month before weed becomes legal, many cities are dazed and confused Recreational weed will be legal on January 1. But it may not be easily available. Many cities and counties in California need to create their own regulations for pot shops and growers. We find out which cities have their act together. Los Angeles is not one of them.
Canada announces legislation to legalize marijuana Photo by Dustin Quasar Eight American states and Washington, DC have legalized recreational marijuana, but even medical use is illegal under federal law — and the Trump Administration may be renewing the War on Drugs. But, just across the international border, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced "The Cannabis Act," which would legalize recreational use for his entire country. Hilary Bricken is an attorney represents the cannabis industry on America's West Coast.
California takes lessons from Colorado on legal marijuana Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper met with California lawmakers this week to discuss recreational weed. Colorado legalized the drug in 2012, and Hickenlooper said the state made a lot of mistakes while rolling out its policies. Lawmakers in California are scrambling to figure out regulations before full legalization next year.
Can the Wild West of Marijuana Be Tamed? Last Friday, Governor Brown signed legislation designed to correct the mistakes of the past and prepare for the future. It finally provides statewide regulations for medical marijuana, approved by the voters in 1996. There is also a framework for recreational use — just in case it's legalized — in the near future. We get an update from a cannabis attorney and the California assemblyman who backed the legislation that provided much of the framework.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
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.