FROM Max Cherney
Marijuana: Big Business that's about to Get Bigger Five years ago, only 45% of California voters approved the recreational use of marijuana, but recent polls have produced a consensus that it's inevitable -- perhaps as soon as next year . It's already a multi-billion dollar industry in this state, and multiple interests are waiting to get in on the action. That now includes growers in what's called the Emerald Triangle — Mendocino, Humboldt and Trinity Counties. In the past, they've feared that legalization would hurt their business but, as we hear, that's changed.
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.
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.