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>> hi, welcome to al jazeera america. i'm thomas drayton, let's get you caught up on the top stories. >> thursday there'll be a hearing into chris christie and his staffers, they closed leaps on a bridge to punish a town ta didn't support him. >> the white house came out in support of joe biden. in response to a memoire by robert gates. he criticises the vice president's foreign policy instincts. jay carney said joe biden is a key advisor to barack obama. >> the found of utah but a hold
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on same-sex marriages. the federal judge declared the gay marriage ban unconstitutional. 50 years after the beginning of the war on poverty too many americans are being born into lives of hardships. the white house says he'll create zones, focussing on education in five of the poorest parts of the country. >> those are the headlines. >> "america tonight"'s fook schema workers is coming up next. and the latest news online at aljazeera.com.
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>> they only have the vaguest idea where it sits, the molten fuel. they have to keep it cool with water because if they don't keep it cool, it lets up. radiation escapes and we are back to square one.
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>> a constant flow of water is necessary to keep the melted-down uranium cool. tepco has built thousands of tanks to store the water and they are running out of space. >> the thanks, it's a forest of tanks, if you like, over a thousand of them. >> then the ground water. the power company admitted this fall that contaminated groundwater is flowing into the pacific at a volume of an olympic-size swimming pool week. it's this day tluj worries many americans it is shown spreading throughout the pacific. professor alyama is a scientist at the meteorological institute of a japan who has spent his career studyy the spread from influentialing tests. now, he is studying fukushima. >> what people in the united
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states are wanting to know is soil. >> okay. >> what would you say >> translator: may, april and may about one year after of the accident, 2012. >> the professor calculates that the radiation will slow, sink, and then harmlessly decay over decades as pacific currents turn most of it towards southeast asia and the indian ocean. >> so i can say the people in the western coast are safe. >> because tep co captures most of the contaminated groundwater in a port outside the plant, alyama says few areas outside of fukushima are affected. >> the
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seafood in the see water is two % of the deck go aheaddation. so, i eat the seafood every day. >> that scary graphic, it's actually an altered nooah map. american officials say there is no contaminated fish in the american food supply. it's reassuring if tep co strategy. i visited tepco in tokyo to find out what they planned to do. >> there are about 700 tons of contaminated water being generated on a daily basis at fukushima diach: what's the long-term strategy? >> one of our aims is to reduce the source of the contaminated water. to do so, tep co plans to build a massive ice wall around the
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plant and install the new system to deal with the contaminated water. >> we are doing initial testing. >> will you have to dump contaminated water into the pacific? >> our policy is to decontaminate the tutee a sufficiently safe and harmless level in order to reduce the risk it poses. decontaminated to a level where people with a.m. accept it will be dumped into the okay, they can do it. there is no way they cannot do it? if tepco's latest strategy fails and the more dangerous forms of radiation don't get felterred worried. >> it's difficult. it is all over the
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continental it's. >> even if all goes well, fukushima, itself, will remain on the edge of disaster, an come. >> the government says it will take 30 to 40 years to decommission the plant. so, there are always problems and that's what keeps some people awake at night. >> to be clear, people are awake at night because every day worst case scenarios are conceivable fukushima. if for some reason the cooling system faulters or massive earthquake in this highly quake-prone nation were to hit, deadly levels of radiation could be released into the atmosphere in reactors 1, 2, and 3. the cooling system is completely depend ent on an ad hoc warrant of pipes.
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tetco says they could withstand a quake but we spoke to plenty of people in japan who were not willing to find out how accurate that statement is. it's worth noting, joie, that just today, there was a 5.4 japan. >> so many earthquakes in japan. how likely is the very worst case scenario? >> every expert we have spoken to says these worst case scenarios are highly unlikely that's what max them worst case scenarios. it is now in stable condition here is a caveat. it will be in stable be condition for the next 30 to 40 years, and how many people would really like that? >> yeah. >> this has been a fascinating series of report. one coming up tomorrow. tell us about that. >> the tree isdee deeply divided. long a nuclear power state.
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it is now deeply divided, so what we are doing tomorrow is taking a look at the future of nuclear pour in japan, and it features an interview that i did with noto kahn, the prime crisis. >> interesting to see what he has to say and look forward to what's coming. >> on the series, we follow up now from fukushima. martini is an oceanographer who joins us from seattle tonight. kim, can you tall talk to us a little bit about some -- the many, many misconceptions there are about the dangers from fukushima? >> yeah. i can. but first, i kind of just want to talk about i am an scienti scientist. misconceptions p we are in danger on the west coast from the radiation from fukushima. the short answer is, it's just not true. there is
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a lot of misconceptions, you know, one of the -- one of the biggest things we have to realize is that, you know, people say, well, the radiation is here, and that is true. but it's at levels that are incredibly low and not harmful. you know, the -- that's the devil is in the details. >> incrediblilow that you are talking about. what does that mean? there has been a lot of concern about eating fish. >> comes from the pacific ocean that, you know, who knows where a fish has gone and how much it's been exposed to. is there evidence there that there has been radio activity population? >> first, let me tackle actually how much radiation has come to the west coast. that's going to be about 20,000 times less than government standards for drinking water. so, it's really, really low. it's detectible i it's not harmful. we have detected radiation in fish and particular when a species is tunea.
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they have a large migration. again, it's detectible but not harmful. a harmful dose of radiation. you need to eat about 2 and a half, four tons of tuna annually to have it be harmful. there is quite a bit of fish. some sort of awful stories, though. there are some anomalies in nature, the conjoined babies. you have to wonder if there is or isn't a link to these sort of anomalies. >> well, the science actually said there is no link. sample. you came up with the con joined whales. they have been found in nature before fukushima. it's rare, but it happens. another good example is the sea star die-off. >> that's been happening before fukushima. and the problem is, is that we are kind of pointing at all of
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these other problems and saying, well, fukushima is the answer and it's not. it's actually detracting away from trying to solve what the real issues are. >> all right. kim marti joining us from seattle. thanks so much. for more on our series, return to fukushima. please log onto our website aljazeera.com,/americatonight. the iraqi flash points to iraq's >> every sunday night, join us for exclusive... revealing... and surprising talks... with the most interesting people of our time... >> as an artist you have the right to fail... that's a big right to have >> his work is known across the globe. but little is known about the gorilla artist behind the glasses... we turned the camera on the photographer
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many americans, marines and soldiers who fought for it last time. tonight, she talks with some of those who served and reminds us why this city is so critical to iraq's future. >> november, 2004, it was one of the defining battles of an unfinished war. the city of fallujah just 40 miles from downtown baghdad. it was known as the city of mosques, and it's from some of these mosques in this largely sunni area that al-qaeda declared an islamic state. here is the u.s. military realized just how hard a fight this would be and how little they understood the culture of the country they had invaded. >> very much a turning point general mark kimmet was spokesman for the u.s. military in iraq. >> this was in -- starting in about april of 2004. four american contractors had been killed and quite brutally
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dug through the streets, hung from the railroad bridge there and the images were quiet tough for what we thought was an operation side of iraq that was getting better, not worse. >> that's number 1. best. no. 2, it marked the first time we saw a large-scale sunni insurgency. not only in isolated areas but in a large city such as fallujah. number 3, we saw the presence of al-qaeda integrated with the tribes. and, number 4, i don't really think at that point that early on we truly understood the tribal nature of the umbaries in the proof ince in general and fallujah in particular. >> even sud a.m. hussein had trouble subduing fallujah and it. it's fiercely tribunal and deeply conservative.
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when their lives were under attack by u.s. forces, many welcomed in al-qaeda. u.s. and iraqi troops tried to take back the city in april, 2004. they pulled out after hundreds of civilians were killed in the first battle to retake fallujah. the second time around, civilians were warned to leave ahead of what would be the most fierce american city for vietnam. elliott ackerman was 24-year-old second lieutenant when the marines went into fallujah in 2004. he was awarded the silver star and the purple heart for literally dodging budgets to get his men to safety. >> in the battle, early on, what happened was we were going house to house and filling out things, the insurgents realized when we found there was some in a building, instead of sending marines in to go room to room, tactically that we would surround a building or a home and destroy it, so much as it wasn't worth sending a marine
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into the front door to get killed when you knew the insurgents were there. they figured out that and adapted to it. so much as they would weight until the first marine walked through the door and then usually one insurgent would be sitting in the far corner with the rif. let and another would be standing inside the door and shoot. as quickly as they could. >> put all of us in a situation where you couldn't surround a building and knock it over. ed to you go room to room to get your buddies out. >> t two things are precious to him, a bracelet from his daughter and a reminder one of the buddies he lost. >> my daughter gave me this. when your three and a half-year-old daughter gives you a bracelet, you wear it. next to it is a bracelet with my buddy's name on it, my first lieutenant, dan malcolm, jr. we were commanders together in fallujah. he was one of my first buddies killed in the service and my -- he was killed when my rifle
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platoon had mortars falling on it and dan was in a building and he ran up to the roof to find out where the mortars were coming from. as he was on the rooftop, he was shot and killed. >> how old was he? >> he was 25. >> the u.s. drove al-qaeda out of fallujah. the iraq war. it has once again erupted at the center of al-qaeda operations. for the u.s. administration, this is a war officials wants to put behind them. >> this is a fight that belongs to the iraqis. >> that's exactly what the president and the world decided some time ago when we left iraq. >> while american troops aren't coming back, the u.s. says it will speed up the surveillance rooms to iraq. for a whacky prime minister's shiia led government, airstrikes and arms are the easiest part of this.
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sunni areas have been seething where the iraqi army was so unpopular, it had to withdraw from those cities last year. malaki is hoping iraqi tribes themselves. >> i called upon the people of fallujah and the tribal leaders to unite and checked the presence of those evil people because fallujah has witnessed fighting and obstruction many times before. we don't want the city to suffer at all. we will not use force as long as the tribes are ready to fight al-qaeda and expel then. >> maliki has his own problems, rage over mass arrests, executions, lack of jobs and political exclusions has helped al-qaeda gain a new foot hold in the province and fueled by the conflict in syria, al-qaeda fighters have come back to iraq in even greater numbers. >> the fact is that the sunnis in ambar have felt like they are not participating in the post-war iraq. they have been denied what they believe to be the rightful
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privileges, the rightful responsibilities. and al-qaeda has certain advantage of that. they have come from syria, infiltrated themselves back into the population who perhaps at one time saw al-qaeda as helpful to them in their fight against the sent tralt government. as they found out in 2014, what they found on the in 2006, that there are even though there are some shared values between the ambaries and al-qaeda, the vast majority of those values are different and the tribes are now recognizing, again what they recognized in 2006, that there is no compromise, there is no, sir joint accord with al-qaeda them. >> iraqi civilians are in the middle with the iraqi army blocking the road to baghdad and the borders sealed, the city is running out of fuel and food. many families who have managed to leave are taking back roads
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to the largely shiia city of carbola. leaving those left behind fearing the possibility of another catastrophic battle for fallujah, a city that perhaps more than any other is a symbol of success or failure of america's war. >> there is not much worse than waiting to be attacked, and that's the situation that thousands of families in fallujah find themselves tonight. the iraqi army is waiting for the order to start the battle if a deal being cobble together between prime minister malaki and the tribes fail. joie, if the iraqi army attacks its own people. >> this was a difficult battle, of course, before so difficult, a third of the u.s. forces died in their ambar prove incident. something to be learned from a battle, some strategic position or something that could be learned from that going forward? >> the overriding lesson lernldz, which we are seeing playing out in afghanistan is
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that the u.s. will no longer, i think, go in to battles, go into wars how they are going to end. they went in almost blind into a country they didn't understand. and in fallujah, they got caught in those allekways and a culture and a conflict that's still playing out. al-qaeda, some of the early reporting over the weekend and the early part of this week is that this is not a huge number of al-qaeda forces in fallujah. can they retain control just on their own physical force, their own ability? >> that's really the thing. it's quite extraordinary because there are a large number on paper. but none of them really measure up to the power of it. battle-hardened in syria, the most effective insurgent 40s now in the region. they are well-funded, and if or
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i, i think, had the choice of being told you had to go in and disarm your neighbor and your neighbor was willing to bel blow himself up, we probably wouldn't do it. a lot of people in fallujah are closing their doors and hoping it goes away. quick thought. yourself. you saw it yourself. tell us just a little about what that battle was like. >> it was kind of like the end of the world. it was like nothing i could have ever imagined. the there was incredible amounts of destruction. we were with marines and with the army as they went into places not knowing what was around the corner and the hallmark of that campaign, the hallmark of that battle really destroyed. i went back as they were rebuilding on the city. at that point, people were digging through the rubble. there was death and destruction. they rebuilt the city. the horrible thought is it could
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be done before. see what happens next. >> thursday on america tonight, a look at the fight for fallujah through the lens of a photographer embedded with the u.s. marines. >> almost like a signal and all. right at it. i don't know where. the sniper, a guy on the roof. amazing. thought you might be calling in mortar attacks. we will never know. walked to where that house was. a lot of blood and brother was crying. he saw the marines and got up. and he said... >> when we return, going for broke. struggles of the younger other america and american tonight
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now, snapshot. u.s. military is second deadly helicopter crash in as many days. tuesday, four air men were killed when a blackhawk helicopter went down. wednesday at least two navy crew members were killed when a minesweeper helicopter carrying five crashed during a training exercise in the atlantic ocean near virginia beach. big leap of faith and celebration. former congressman gabrielle giffords. the tucson sheeting killed six people and left her severely wounded. two peace of america's history will unite for the first time. the original manuscript of the star-spangled banner will be on disciplindisplay. >> ambition and realty. for generations we have encouraged our kids to do better than their parents.
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>> may be a bit beyond reach. one of the groups left most behind. double the unemployment work of the u.s. work force. the fear of slipping into poverty is real for many young middle class americans. in our ongoing series, the other america, we meet a young woman whose dream of a college degree and a professional career crashed up into a mountain debt. >> i wish that i could actually go back and have someone tell me just one little thing about how it would have turned out because, really, most people say they don't have regrets and they wouldn't do things differently. i would, 100%. my name is christina georgie. i am 26 years old and we are in oakland, california, right now.
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i was going mayor mount university in virginia. i went there for a year fashion design. i was thinking maybe three years, i was going to graduate, but i felt like i wanted to go somewhere, where someone would notice me so i could actually get a job out of school. i told my mom, like two weeks before i left, i am moving to san francisco to go to school. she was like, i went to classes and i remember the first class i went to, they gave me a list of supplies that was like this long and everything was like 50 to $100, and so i just covered all of my living expenses with loans because i was like, i can pay for all of this stuff, and i am going to get this awesome job after school, and i am just going to pay it back like that. i have five messages. you have loans which are past due. i was talking to my mom who had
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taken out the initial first loan. she was like, this is expensive. you have to take out the rest of the loans. >> that's when i was like, uh-oh. when i got this loan, i thought that i was go to go finish school. the two years later starts as a 25,000 dollar loan. that was in august of 2006. i was going to sign up for the next semester's classes. i called them, and i am like, what's happening here? i have taken out a loan before. and they are, like action we can't give you any more loans. i was like i can't pay these loans back untless i get my degree. he was like that's not my problem. i had like that moment where i fell apart. $65,534. it's like it went up overnight. you don't have anything with my schooling except for a 65,000
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dollar bill. no degree. this is every month. i spent all of my money on the. i was at the grocery store with three credit cards on my phone. how much is left in this account? wait. nothing. how much is left in this account? nothing. $5 in this one? okay. i can get one thing. the $9 available in my checking account, but i have negative $12 in my savings for the fees that you pay. i guess i didn't save that much of my stuff from school. i got these pens actually saved these pens for my textile design class. i love putting the print down on feeling. i really wanted to do the fashion thing. everyone, i don't know about
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that. the education am am. for a long time, i took the ostrich approach and put my head under the sand. how am i supposed to pay loans back? i thought about writing the president a letter, please help me, like, i want to be a good citizen. i am trying. it took me about two years to really land a retail job. i feel like i went on about 15 or 20 interviews throughout those, probably more. resumes. i started looking for a retail job. so at least i could -- i thought at least maybe i can climb the l ladder. maybe i can go this back way route. >> that's when i go got the job at nordstrom. i have been working in shoes for about two years. the company is huge on we take everything back. what really happens is, they take it back from the employees.
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so even if you went out and wore it to your party last night and we sold it to you for an hour, we still don't get the commission. hour. if i didn't get my work check today, i would have to everything that i have. >> felt this is where i worked and about to go in and sell some shoes. >> i don't blame my mom at all because she was a single parent. she worked like three jobs. she had no idea. and i recently actually was talking to my dad about this and i was like, why didn't anyone tell me anything. his response was, god, yeah. me, too. hello. you are the one who is supposed to tell me. nobody said anything. nothing. just one little thing about how it would have turned out -- it had a pretty good day. i sold a lot of shoes.
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i also had a lot of returns. only got commission on $2,282. i just want to graduate. no matter how smart you are, how good you are at something, if you don't have the degree, nobody seems to care anymore. so it means like everything to me right now. >> full disclosure, christina's story didn't generate a great deal of sympathy in our newsroom but her experience, college educated, big aspirations, hanging on a financial edge. is hers the face of a new kind of america? joining us is caroline ratliff, institute. it is striking because at some level, you are thinking this is not a young woman who came from difficult times, yet and still, all of the promises that we made with the next generation, why is it so tough for them? >> there has been this expectation that each generation does better than the
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generation before and our research shows that this may not be the case anymore. so for her in particular, what you see is that she's less school and she is entering the work force in a recession. people aren't getting joshes or aren't getting jobs in their field of study and there is research that shows that when people -- people leave school and enter the work force in the recession it's their wages in the short-term. >> she specific refers to it, she says, you know, you don't have a degree, people don't even want to look at you, people don't want to talk about them? >> work that we have been doing at the urban institute, we have been looking at the wealth of millennials, actually what we see is that they are falling building. >> let's talk about why that is. i mean in the past, we always thought, you make money, buy a little house, you make money on realize. this doesn't happen as much now.
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let me just say first that we have had this great expansion of wealth in the united states over the last quarter of sent re wealth has doubled in the united states, but when you look at the wealth of people, the millennials generation x, their wealth is lower than their parents at the same age so housing has been a big issue for both the millennials, people under 40, generation x, one were hit hard by the recession in the housing crisis for those who bought homes leading up to the great recession, they were hit very hard. for people today, people trying to buy their first harm, that can be difficult with the. credit market. so you are in this world where housing prices fell, interest rates are very low, but it's hard to get that mortgage. the wages low. particularly in the non-college completion world, wages are
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going to be low and she is also moving a step away from the time that she would reach her full profession about this. >> she had student loan debt. what we know is that for people in their 20s and 30s, second only to mortgage debt. a quarter century ago, student loan detwas a relatively small component of overall debt. second only to mortgage debt. with the great recession, more beaumont back to school. they took on more debt as a result of that. they know that the jobs and there is difficulties in the job market. the average student loan it seems like is /* something you would be able to mag over a longer time. and with student loan debt, one of the particular concerns is that it can have these ripple
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effects. building for a retirement. it delays getting that. it delays wealth building which then you get on a track where you are falling behind so you don't have that home you are not building up equity as you pay your mortgage, even if those depreciate. >> falling farther behind. caroline radcliff, thank you from the urban institute. >> thank you. >> after the break, a pot of gold, after a grand opening in colorado, our businesses are
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more to it. start of colorado's new recreational sales. not surprisingly sales have been high. we wanted to follow up and ask if it's been a pot of cold. our correspondent has been following the business of pot. we can't get past the puns. since 1st january, when colorado enacted the recreational marijuana, the sales have been, as we say, high. >> yes. when we travelled there before, the business owners were excited talking about how it would be a multibillion business. there's estimates they'll bring in there 600 billion by the end of the year. there has been about a million a day for the businesses, and there's only about 40 businesses open in the state of colorado. there have to be several licensed by the state and municipalities. so that number will fluctuate and change. now. >> it seems something of a gold
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rush, and i was there when it started. everything is a joke. everyone joked, "are you going to buy some?" 40 businesses, millions in sales, is there a supply/demand problem going on. >> the demand is extreme. a lot of tourists coming from england, across the country. the supply is limited. some of the businesses are capping the pot that people can buy, and charging more. for example, charging $50 for an eighth of an ounce of marijuana. >> is that a lot? >> according to the law you can buy, if you are not from colorado a quarter of an ounce, and if you are from colorado, an ounce. an eighth of an ounce is less than what you legally buy. they charge $50. it's $25 if it's meddizinal. that's because the demand is not quite so high, you need a doctors recommendation, a resident of colorado.
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>> talking to the folks in colorado, they were worried about the police situation. how are police handling - it's legal to buy it, but you would be intoxicated. >> i was curious with the long line, if people would be rowdy. i spoke to the denver city police department. they have issued four citations, and compared to january, they hadn't issued any citations in the month of january. of the four, two were from denver, and the other two utah and texas. you are getting outsiders in there. and there was a citation for driving while intoxicated. it hasn't been too rowdy. i have to of course a y -- have to ask you this. what happiness here, money, banks, can they charge it to a visa card.
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there's one you can charge to a visa. a lot are cash. technically it's illegal in the eyes of the federal government. if the banks are involved it's considered money laundering. the city of denver issued a proclamation saying, "hey, federal government, we need to clarify what you are doing, we need the banks to set up our accounts so we can have places to deposit the money" much the federal government said, dating back to september, we have been talking to federal regulators, we are working on this. we realise it's an issue, we want to come up with a solution. >> for the time being nobody knows. we'll see. thank you. >> pot business is booming. aaron smith the executive director of the national cannabis industry association is with us tonight. thank you very much. do you see this, as lori jane
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describes, being a multi million dollar supply and demand business already? >> absolutely. this is one of the fastest growing industries in the country, outpacing the smartphone industry. this is the first time in history we have taken a popular product and moved it out of the undergro underground marquette and back into a controlled masket. we are seeing the end of a failed marijuana prohibition. >> you are a trade industry guy, given what your trade industry is. there are serious legislative questions in all this. what was alluded to was a question about banks financing and what was previously an all-cast crops. the banking problem is a crisis manufactured by the federal government that needs to be addressed immediately. many of these businesses operate
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as cash-only businesses, and we are talking about family-owned small businesses operating in every other way like a small business, except without access to depository services and check accounts. cash being transported in the cars and on the person. and they are paying their payroll taxes and licensing fees, and sales taxes in cash. be need clarification from the department of justice and department of treasury to allow the businesses to bank like a legitimate business. >> unintended and unexpected consequences and complications. for a minute. this is bell weather, i guess m other things are going on in new york saying it is considering state. >> right. medical marijuana, at this point in this country is supported by 77% of voters. adult cues, legalization is
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supported by 58%. this is not a friend's issue any more. moving marijuana out of the black market and behind the counter is simply the best way to control something that is popular and widely used in a way that benefits the communities. over the last five days we have seen $5 million in sales in colorado, money that would be in the black market if not for the change this law. >> aaron smith, executive director of the national cannabis industry association. appreciate you being with us. >> ahead in the final thoughts - takes two. 7 music ♪ ] ♪ give me a horse ♪ a great big horse snod snowed >>
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greg and jerry kanote, a pair of american trees user from seattle, washington. ♪ took a stroll one day. >> we are easily amused. >> kind of propelled us into things we like to do ♪ a bumble bee may appear to be your friend. ♪ he gets you in the ends. >> you we have what we call old time music. >> let that bumble bee be. a bumble bee will buzz, buzz, buzz. but that ain't all he does, does, does. i ain't the fool i used to was. i am going to let that bumble bee be ♪ a lot of the music we love was
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recorded in the 20s and 30s. >> yeah. >> so old-time music and fun songs, nothing heavy. just have svrningr. >> we are actually twins and i am greg. >> i am jerry. i was born first and greg came out 26 minutes later. he will never let me for get it. in country music, there has been
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responsiblings, due et cetera siblings, due et cetera. >> if you are twins, you have matching. >> yeah. that's what we say. ♪ bye-bye ♪ i am going march marry me agirl abo with bright blue eyes. ♪ >> we learned from an early age that music was a fun thing. the thing about it is that it's totally acceptable. you can have a huge, huge group of people playing it. and all that we have fun together is communal. ♪? >> in fact, you don't even need to know the tune. you can learn it on the fly. person? >> it's why a lot of people become musicians so they don't
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have to talk at parties. it's extremely comfortable. you have been there for hours and be socializing but you don't have to talk. it. >> there is like a community of people around the world who play this music and love it. >> we love playing for people. >> that's really the most fun. it's so great when you are playing and it looks like people are enjoying it and then that comes back to you. you get more energy. it. >> so far, we made $1. >> but we are always playing for each other. we try to crack each other.
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>> we are trying to crack each other up. ♪ give me a horse, that great big horse, a buckaroo and let me walk, walk, walk. ♪ i never could sing a high-class thing. that kind of music, i never do, but i believed waddell, welts, waddell le, welts, waddle ♪ ♪ catch your breath. >> we are having fun. >> that's our message. >> yeah. to have fun. we have fun. she hollered, wahoo, wahoo,
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