FROM Ricardo Baca
What Should California Expect If Pot Becomes Legal? This time next year, 4/20 could have a whole new meaning in California since voters are expected to legalize recreational pot in November. At one point, 20 marijuana initiatives tried to get on the ballot, but the odds-on favorite is now the Sean Parker-backed “Adult Use of Marijuana Act”. If pot becomes legal in California, problems could emerge that the proposed laws do not adequately address. For example, how will the cops know when you’re too stoned to drive? We’ll look at the what’s happened in Colorado, the first state to make recreational marijuana legal in 2012, to get a sense of what might happen in California.
A Small Coal Town in Colorado Reconsiders Marijuana The mountain town of Hotchkiss, Colorado twice voted to ban both the recreational and medical use of marijuana. But then a coal mine in the North Fork Valley shut down amid a wave of industry slowdowns and bankruptcies all over America's coal country. Hotchkiss, Colorado took another look at economic reality. New York Times reporter Jack Healy reports.
'Rolling Papers' In 2012, Colorado became the first state to make recreational marijuana legal. Not long after that, the Denver Post became the first daily newspaper in the nation to hire a pot editor and pot reviewers. A new documentary takes a look at the reporters and reviewers of the Post’s Culture of Cannabis website, The Cannabist. Madeleine speaks with the film’s director.
Legal Weed Is Everywhere, but There's Nowhere to Smoke It Wanna toke in Denver? You better have a place to do it. Pot smokers living in one of the 23 states and the District of Columbia, where recreational or medical marijuana is legal, will tell you just how ironic this is. Marijuana is legal but smoking in public is not. With pot tourists lighting up in alleys and bathrooms in public parks the city is starting to consider whether pot should be allowed in venues like bars and clubs. Photo: Cannabis Culture Now advocates in Denver, traditionally at the forefront of the legal pot movement, are trying to get marijuana a toe in the door of a few 21-and-over public venues. But even that is contentious, as we hear from Ricardo Baca, the marijuana editor at the Denver Post , where he writes The Cannabist blog.
Terrorism in London: Lessons for the US This weekend’s terrorist attack in London left seven people dead and almost 50 injured. London police fatally shot the attackers, and ISIS claimed responsibility.
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.