Lawmakers are scrambling to come up with regulations after Californians voted to legalize marijuana across the state last year.

Cannabis entrepreneurs are eager to get some clarity so they can set up shop and start making money. But right now, the laws are still hazy, and it’s starting to cause some problems.

On this week’s podcast, hosts Scott Lewis and Andrew Keatts discuss the local issues surrounding the legality of the marijuana business.

The city of San Diego, for instance, has said it’ll start cracking down on the illegal delivery of pot, but folks in that industry say the city has yet to provide a proper path for legality.

Meanwhile in Lemon Grove, day care centers have been getting some strange offers from some business owners who hope to open marijuana shops. And a shocking new case calls into question attorney-client privilege in the marijuana community.

Also on the podcast, John Hueston from Hueston Hennigan, the law firm that conducted an investigation of the San Diego Association of Governments, joins Lewis and Keatts to discuss some of the firm’s most interesting findings. The firm looked into the faulty economic forecast numbers the public transportation agency put in front of voters in its sales-tax hike measure last year.

We Stand Up for You. Will You Stand Up for Us?

One of the main questions Hueston looked into was whether SANDAG employees intentionally misled the public.

“Instead what I found was a series of very unfortunate lapses in judgment, which range from negligence to questions of competence with respect to the leaders and each one of them,” he said.

Hero of the Week

Our hero of the week goes to Bridge Collaborative for Suicide Prevention, a group that’s been working to prevent suicides on the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge by advocating for the installation of a safety barrier. Suicides at the bridge have been skyrocketing in the past few years.

Goat of the Week

This week, five San Diego City Council members get the goat: Chris Ward, Chris Cate, Georgette Gómez, David Alvarez and Lorie Zapf. They all voted not to repeal the Child Protection Act despite legality concerns from City Attorney Mara Elliott.

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Correction: An earlier version of this post misspelled Mara Elliott. 

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    Bruce Higgins
    Bruce Higgins subscriber

    The Pot business is going to be bad news for us.  We don't need another legalized drug to make people stupid and fat.  Another point since there is no control out there we don't know what is in it.  In the past growers used banned pesticides while growing their crop.  For those using, you are taking an unknown substance into your lungs with unknown long term effects.  Unfortunately it could be 20 years before the full effects of this decision will be known.  By then it will be far too late to change things for the first generation of legal users.  However, based on the results seen in heavy users of my generation, it is not looking good.