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The High and the Mighty: Legalizing Marijuana?

October 8, 2010 Fault Lines, Al Jazeera

Source: Al Jazeera

Cannabis is California’s number one cash crop. This fall, voters will decide whether or not to fully legalize the drug and transform US drug policy.

The implications are huge if it passes. It will have a profound effect on the state’s struggling economy, the overburdened criminal justice system and even the raging drug war in neighboring Mexico that has claimed nearly 30,000 lives.

In the meantime, no politicians running for statewide office are supporting the measure. What does that say about the politics of cannabis? read more

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US Nurses Rising Up

Nurses around the United States are standing up for themselves and their patients, both through local labor disputes and the strengthening of a new national union. The Real News looks into the new union, a labor victory in Philadelphia, and a looming strike in Washington, DC.

Produced by Jesse Freeston.

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Cuba Provides a Model For Health Care Reform in the US

June 9, 2010 Al Huebner

Cuban Community Clinic
US President Barack Obama made passage of health care reform a major effort of his first year in office. He claimed that the cost of health care in the US was rising so rapidly that it was threatening the whole economy. The president is certainly correct in saying that the cost of health care in the US is high. In 2006, for example, the cost of health care in the US was 15.33% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), or $6,714 per capita. This high expense does not lead to relatively good healthcare.

 

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