FROM Hilary Bricken
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.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.