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BHN Radio LIVE (4-30-24): DEA expected to approve marijuana reclassification, Michigan Green Book project moves forward; more on 'The Wiz' and 'Them'

By Black Headline News

In this episode of BHN Talk Radio Show, Cheryl Smith, Julia Ann Dudley Najieb and Brigitte Jones discuss the DEA's reclassifying marijuana, which would change the the $34 billion cannabis industry.

Since 1971, marijuana has been in the same category as heroin, methamphetamines and LSD, according to NBC News. Each substance under the Schedule I classification is defined as a drug with no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Schedule III substances include Tylenol with codeine, steroids and testosterone.

By rescheduling cannabis, the drug would now be studied and researched to identify concrete medical benefits, opening the door for pharmaceutical companies to get involved with the sale and distribution of medical marijuana in states where it is legal. 

Next, the news team talks about the The National Park Service grant to Michigan for its Green Book project. The National Park Service awarded $23.4 million this month to 39 projects in 16 states and the District of Columbia as part of the Historic Preservation Fund’s African American Civil Rights grant program, which focuses on the preservation of sites and stories directly associated with the struggle of African Americans to gain equal rights. 

"Since 2016, the National Park Service has provided over $126 million through this program to document, preserve, and recognize the places and stories associated with the struggle for civil rights of African Americans,” said National Park Service Director Chuck Sams.  

These grants will support the preservation of historic places like the Harriet Tubman YWCA and the Louis Armstrong House, and fund history projects such as documenting the African American Recreational Tourism and the Negro Motorist Green Book in Michigan

The new revival of the 1975 musical, The Wiz, by Charlie Smalls (et al) and William F. Brown, is now on Broadway 50 years later in New York City at the Marquis Theatre, The news team discussed the challenges in 1978 movie version of the works and the mixed,thwarted reviews of the works.

Writer, director and producer, Little Marvin, is now featuring season two of his, "Them: The Scare," on Amazon Prime as of April 25. Them has moved its setting from a mid-century Los Angeles neighborhood fraught with racial tension to a backdrop of the early '90s in the same city. It echoed the societal tremors following the Rodney King incident.


With news publishers, Cheryl Smith, Julia Ann Dudley Najieb and Brigitte Jones, get the latest breaking, political and other news from a Black perspective, new episodes live on Tuesdays: 2:00 PM PST/4:00CST/5:00ST. Encores at 10:00 PM PST/12:00AM CST/1:00AM EST. Listen on demand here or watch shows live here.


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