Marijuana, Inc: Tonight on CNBC!

  • by Allen St. Pierre, Former NORML Executive Director January 22, 2009

    A major, strongly promoted news special on marijuana prohibition will air this evening at 9 PM and 1AM (eastern) on CNBC.

    CNBC is running an online poll in relation with their documentary ‘Marijuana, Inc.’ and the results so far, not at all surprising—98% of voters have voted ‘yes’ to decriminalize marijuana! The positive tone of CNBC’s poll suggests that ‘Marijuana, Inc.’ will indeed be a well-watched news piece on marijuana, and likely another small step towards legalization and regulation of cannabis in the United States.

    Just like with the Change.gov/Change.org efforts of the last few weeks, where marijuana reform ranked #1 for Americans, let’s keep the pressure on and see if the vote totals in support of decriminalizing marijuana can maintain a 98%-2% lead. Cast your vote here.

    After you watch Marijuana, Inc., come back to NORML’s blogs and comment on what your impressions of the 1-hour documentary are and if you believe CNBC’s coverage of cannabis prohibition is helpful or not in the overall reform efforts.

    138 responses to “Marijuana, Inc: Tonight on CNBC!”

    1. Toby says:

      tune in at 8:40 p.m. Eastern time. An MPP spokesman is going to debate former Drug Enforcement Administration chief Asa Hutchinson. It is on the same channel right before marijuana inc. Lets keep the support coming!

    2. Derrick Jordan says:

      Much thanks to CNBC for making this special and attempting to open the eyes of the government to the failed “war on drugs”!!!!

    3. chris S says:

      without it being aired yet… i think it would rule all award ceremonies. oscar,emmy, and whatever useless hollywood awards they give out. im so totally stoked.

    4. BEANO says:

      I am very excited to watch and see what the media’s view on marijuana reform is. This show will be a stepping stone in our quest to make history and reverse nearly 70 years of wrongful stigmatization. I really want our voices to be heard. I want the people to stand up to something big and have it change. Not only would legalization of marijuana save the government money, keep nearly 1 million citizens out of prison and many other things… but legalizing marijuana would be one of our biggest accomplishments in American History. Nothing in our history has ever called for a law change after nearly 70 years of the laws being the same. I want that change. I want to show the government that they don’t run this country, we do.

    5. Brett says:

      Will definitely be watching

    6. Will Davis says:

      What’s with the lack of posts on the ad contest? Is there still going to be voting, or any type of judging? When will we know who won?

    7. pedro says:

      hopefully it will be… unlike nat geo’s documentary. alot of the time they were just showing eradicating fields and all that other sad stuff ='[

    8. Mike says:

      Based on the CNBC site, despite the poll, it seems like the entire thing is going to contain a considerable amount of propaganda. They portray the DEA as “the authorities” in regard to their raids on legal grow operations in CA, giving a nod to conflicting laws but expressing sympathy for their “struggle” and giving no regard to state sovereignty. I don’t think the report is going to favor the decriminalization or legalization of marijuana.

    9. Kristin says:

      “As of this posting, CNBC has only received comments favoring decriminalization of marijuana.”

      I’m not the least bit surprised. This is going to be an excellent show, I really hope that it helps to change the minds of some misinformed viewers. This topic doesn’t get nearly as much press as it should, it’s about time that we get some unbiased coverage. I’m anxious to see what the viewer reaction is, if it gets enough coverage, it might make national news. This could very well lead to an honest and open dialogue on the dangers of prohibition.

    10. William Pow says:

      The most important thing to remember right now is to not lose momentum. If this push perpetuates, it will only be a matter of time before it HAS to gain traction within the new administration.