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Marijuana Laws
From Medical Marijuana to Hemp
Last Featured: 2/25/2008

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Several years ago Chicago Mayor Richard Daley made headlines as he pushed to ease the penalties for use of small amounts of marijuana. He advocated fining offenders $250 to $1,000 rather than imposing jail terms. Although it remains a federal crime to use the drug, several states have decriminalized possession in small amounts and more and more states are passing laws legalizing its use for medical purposes. Join us for this edition of Justice Talking as we discuss marijuana laws in the United States, including the conflict over whether America's farmers should have the right to grow hemp.

California Pot Clubs
Justice Talking contributor Reese Erlich reports on medical marijuana dispensaries in San Francisco where the tension between state and federal laws is heating up.

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Medical Marijuana
Host Margot Adler is joined by Rosalie Liccardo Pacula to discuss medical marijuana laws around the country.

Rosalie Liccardo Pacula is the co-director of the RAND Drug Policy Research Center. Her areas of expertise include decriminalization and medicalization of marijuana; drug markets and policy; and the social cost of drug use and abuse.

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Vox Pop - Legalize it?
Philadelphians weigh in on what the penalties should be for possession of marijuana.

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Debate - Decriminalization
Host Margot Adler is joined by drug law reform advocate Ethan Nadelmann and doctor Herbert Kleber to debate whether America's marijuana laws are too strict.

Ethan Nadelmann is the founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, the leading organization in the United States promoting alternatives to the war on drugs.

Dr. Herbert Kleber is professor of psychiatry and director of the Columbia University Division on Substance Abuse and the New York State Psychiatric Institute.

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Hemp Store
Small business owner and hemp aficionado Kyle Pulliam gives us a tour of his all-hemp store, Hemp in the Heartland, in Sacramento, CA.

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Hemp and Agriculture
Host Margot Adler gets the basics on hemp and what its legalization as a crop could mean for American farmers from researcher Jean Rawson.

Jean Rawson is a specialist in agriculture policy with the Congressional Research Service in Washington. The areas Ms. Rawson covers include agricultural research, education, and extension; organic agriculture; new and alternative crops and uses; and the fruit, vegetable, tree nut and nursery crops sector of U.S. agriculture. Her recent report on hemp as an agricultural commodity is available here.

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A Pro-Hemp Farmer
Public radio reporter Todd MacDonald visits the farm of North Dakota lawmaker David Monson, who is spearheading the fight to grow hemp in his state.

Republican Representative David Monson has been a member of the North Dakota State Legislature since 1995. He is also a farmer in Osnabrock, N.D.

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Hemp and Law Enforcement
Margot Adler speaks with lawyer John Lovell about some of the problems he sees with the legalization of hemp cultivation in the U.S.

John Lovell is a lawyer and lobbyist for the California Narcotics Officers’ Association.

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