LA Roundtable #62: Medical Marijuana: Gateway to Legalization? - May 16, 2009

There has been a flurry of events recently that are propelling the issue of medicinal marijuana, and the possible legalization of all pot, into the mainstream national dialogue.  The biggest was Gov. Schwarzenegger’s statement that “it’s time for a debate” on legalizing and taxing marijuana.

Using marijuana for medical purposes is illegal under federal law, but legal here in California – and that makes for plenty of friction.  And on top of that is the recent disclosure that there are more than 500 medical marijuana dispensaries operating in the City of Los Angeles, despite a two-year-old ordinance that was designed to stop their spread.  LA Roundtable has a great panel ready to cut through the smoke and try to clear the air on this controversial issue.