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Roundtable: Many California Cities Give Cold Shoulder To Marijuana Business

A jar containing dried cannabis flower sits on the shelf at Torrey Holistics ...

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Above: A jar containing dried cannabis flower sits on the shelf at Torrey Holistics dispensary, Dec. 28, 2017.

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Pot Laws, Medical Use

Recreational pot has been legal in California for more than a year but most municipalities do not allow cannabis businesses within their borders. Orange County Register reporter Brooke Staggs is part of a team that put together a database of the pot laws for every city and county in the state. She joins KPBS Roundtable to talk about what they found.

Patients and doctors tout marijuana as a good alternative to opioids to manage pain but the federal Drug Enforcement Administration has it classified as a Schedule I drug. This makes research nearly impossible. Jade Hindmon talked to a UC San Diego doctor and a burn survivor about what we know and what we don't know about using pot as medicine.

RELATED: Marijuana laws for every city and county? Our database shows California slow to accept Prop. 64

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New Ownership at the San Diego Union-Tribune

A billionaire doctor from Los Angeles is buying The San Diego Union-Tribune, along with the Los Angeles Times. Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong met with staff earlier this week and reporter John Wilkens was there. He says Soon-Shiong sees journalism as the "last bastion for the health of our democracy" and promised stability. It was welcome news to the paper which has seen dramatic staffing cuts, and five different owners in 10 years.

RELATED: Incoming Union-Tribune owner tells staff he views newspapers as 'last bastion' to protect democracy

Health Beat

With his truly memorable sig out, Kenny Goldberg is saying goodbye to KPBS. We take a look at some of the biggest stories on the health beat that he's held down for nearly 20 years, from the evolution of HIV/AIDS to the passing of the Affordable Care Act.


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