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The Leonard Lopate Show

Medical Marijuana in New York State

Thursday, January 09, 2014

In his State of the State Address Wednesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that New York will begin a medical marijuana program on a limited basis. Jim Rendon, freelance writer and author of the book Super-Charged: How Hippies, Outlaws, and Scientists Reinvented Marijuana, looks at the plan.

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WNYC News

Medical Pot, Spending Likely to Star in Cuomo's State of State Speech

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday will lay out a vision for the last year of his first term and is expected to push for state spending limits, propose new property tax relief and announce a surprise reversal on medical marijuana.

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The New Yorker: Political Scene

Patrick Radden Keefe and Mattathias Schwarz on marijuana legalization.

Friday, January 03, 2014

Patrick Radden Keefe and Mattathias Schwarz on marijuana legalization.

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The Takeaway

Colorado Retail Marijuana Sales Begin

Thursday, January 02, 2014

In the fall of 2012, Colorado voters approved the use, possession, and sale of small amounts of marijuana for adults above the age of 21. Yesterday that new measure fully took effect with dozens of marijuana retailers opening their doors to recreational customers for the first time. Dennis Huspeni, staff writer at the Denver Business Journal, joins The Takeaway to explain what the first day of business was like.

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The Takeaway

As Culture Shifts, New Marijuana Talks For Teens

Thursday, December 19, 2013

With medical marijuana legal in 20 states and recreational pot legal in Washington and Colorado, the national conversation around marijuana is changing rapidly. And many are wary about what this means for teens. Roger Roffman, a Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington School of Social Work, helps us wade through this shifting culture around marijuana and what it means for adolescents. Alex Szablya Ramdin, a Washington state parent of two kids, weighs in on how the conversation is changing.

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The Takeaway

Views of the Middle from Across America | Panel Tells White House to Curb NSA Spy Program | As Culture Shifts, New Discussions For Teens & Marijuana

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Views of the Middle from Across America | Gov. John Hickenlooper's Year on the National Stage | Crisis Averted in the South China Sea | Panel Tells White House to Curb NSA Spy Program |  As Culture Shifts, New Discussions For Teens & Marijuana | Eleanor Catton's "The Luminaries" Lights Up ...

The Takeaway

Pot Entrepreneurs on Joining The Retail Market

Monday, November 18, 2013

Today is the first day would-be pot purveyors in Washington can apply for a business license. Some Washington medical marijuana dispensary owners are looking to expand into the retail market for cannabis. John Davis is the CEO of two dispensaries called the Northwest Patient Resource Center, and the Executive Director of an industry group, the Coalition for Cannabis Standards and Ethics. Shy Sadis owns the Joint Cooperative, a group of medical marijuana dispensaries with several locations in Washington.

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The Takeaway

The Challenges of the Legal Marijuana Economy

Monday, November 18, 2013

While marijuana acceptance and legalization are on the rise, a number of questions are emerging about how to create a viable legal marijuana economy—and how to keep marijuana use safe. Patrick Radden Keefe explores these issues in his New Yorker piece, "Buzzkill: Why Washington State is Struggling to Create a Legal Marijuana Economy." He joins The Takeaway to discuss the big questions surrounding marijuana, like safety, taxes and the age of consumption.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

30 Issues: The Future of Marijuana Laws in NYC

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

It’s Public Safety Week on the Brian Lehrer Show’s election series “30 issues in 30 Days.” See the full 30 Issues schedule and archive here.

Both Joe Lhota and Bill de Blasio have indicated that they would decriminalize certain types of marijuana usage and try to reform the way New York City treats marijuana arrests. Gabriel Sayegh, New York Director of the Drug Policy Alliance, discuss their proposals and the future of drug policy under the next mayor and police commissioner.

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Slate Political Gabfest

Slate: The "Now, I Asked You So Nicely to Go to War" Gabfest

Friday, September 06, 2013

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon. This week: Congress debates Syria, states defy the Feds on guns and pot, and a new report castigates campaign reporting.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Recreational Marijuana

Friday, August 16, 2013

Mayoral candidate John Liu has a new proposal to fund CUNY scholarships through legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana. What do you think? How do you view recreational marijuana use in 2013? Call 212-433-9692 or post your comment here.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Medical Marijuana

Friday, August 16, 2013

Gov. Christie says he'll decide today about medical marijuana in New Jersey. Listeners, what are your stories of using pot as medicine?

 

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WNYC News

One Neuroscientist Rethinks Addiction

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The waiting area of the Brooklyn Family Courthouse isn’t where you’d expect to find a Columbia University neuroscientist. But Carl Hart isn’t your average professor.

+ Carl Hart talks to Brian Lehrer

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The Takeaway

Black Americans Arrested for Marijuana Possession at Far Higher Rate

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

According to new federal data, about half of all drug arrests in 2011 and 2010 were for marijuana use. But even though usage rates for marijuana are similar among whites and blacks, black Americans, according to this data, were nearly four times as likely to be arrested for marijuana possession. Carl Hart is professor of psychology at Columbia University and drug researcher.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Legal Weed: Federal laws

Thursday, May 30, 2013

A May series on marijuana concludes with final thoughts on the federal ban now that the drug is legal in two states. Mark Kleiman, professor of public policy at the UCLA School of Public Affairs, marijuana legalization consultant for Washington State, and co-author of Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press2012) explains how he thinks state and federal law could be reconciled, and takes your calls.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Legal Weed: Economics

Thursday, May 23, 2013

A May series on marijuana continues with the economics of the drug. Mark Kleiman professor of public policy at the UCLA School of Public Affairs, marijuana legalization consultant for Washington State, and co-author of Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know  [Oxford University Press], talks about the supply and demand side of legalizing marijuana, including what it means for geopolitics and patents and taxes.

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Legal Weed: Science of Marijuana

Thursday, May 16, 2013

A May series on marijuana continues with a look at the science of the drug. Mark Kleiman, professor of public policy at the UCLA School of Public Affairs, marijuana legalization consultant for Washington State, and co-author of Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press), talks about the science of THC and cannabinoids and their effects on marijuana users.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Stem Cell Development; Four Freedoms Park; Science of Weed

Thursday, May 16, 2013

A group of scientists have successfully created embryonic stem cells from skin cells. Bioethicist Arthur Caplan of NYU explains the development and the questions it raises about human cloning. Plus, The Guardian’s Heidi Moore sorts through two “snooping” stories: Bloomberg’s and the AP’s; our May series on marijuana legalization continues with the science behind the drug and what it means for public policy; the details on the new tribute to FDR on Roosevelt Island; and one person’s life featured on the obit page in the Times today.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Legal Weed: Addiction

Friday, May 10, 2013

A May series on marijuana continues with a look at addictionMark Kleiman, professor of public policy at the UCLA School of Public Affairs, marijuana legalization consultant for Washington State, and co-author of Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2013) talks about the drug's effects and how legalization might address treatment.  He's joined by WNYC senior reporter Marianne McCune who talks about her piece on abuse and dependence of marijuana, as part of the "Weed Next Door" series.

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WNYC News

From Marijuana to the Medicine Cabinet: A Boy Who Couldn't Stop

Friday, May 10, 2013

WNYC

Jake’s life started out just right. He lived in a nice house on a nice block of the sophisticated New Jersey town of Montclair. His dad worked for the NFL, his mom a couple days a week in finance.  As long as Jake and his older brother did well, their parents weren’t overly concerned about a little partying here or there. Until Jake started to turn into someone they didn’t know.

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