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Our special guest is Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett who, this week, wrote a letter to U.S. Attorney John Walsh asking him not to send seizure threats to any Boulder medical marijuana dispensaries conforming to state and local land use regulations. When asked about the note, Walsh's spokesman said his boss would respond directly to Garnett. The implication being that the U.S. Attorney wasn't thrilled about this communique, on view below along with our earlier coverage, having been made public. But Garnett has no regrets. Read more from the Westword.
Dr. Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health and Professor of Sociology at New York University is our special guest to talk about Walmart and healthy food labeling. As part of its promise last year to improve the nutritional quality of the food it sells, Walmart said that it had devised standards to determine what is healthy and would label the foods that meet those standards. The new label, bright green with the words Great for You, will first appear on the retailer’s own Great Value and Marketside food items this spring, as well as on signs around fresh fruits and vegetable displays. But Walmart executives said the company planned to allow other brands to use the label without paying any licensing fee on products that meet the criteria. Walmart has also been working with suppliers of national brands and private label products to reduce sodium, added sugar and trans fats in some 165 products it sells. Dr. Nestle is the author of several books including Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health, Safe Food: The Politics of Food Safety, and her just published book with Malden Nesheim Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics. She writes a monthly Food Matters column for the San Francisco Chronicle, and blogs daily at foodpolitics.com and for The Atlantic. She also twitters @marionnestle.