NORML’s Chris Goldstein debates medical marijuana on CBS

  • by Russ Belville, NORML Outreach Coordinator April 14, 2010

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    As a longtime media observer, I’m beginning to see a shift in the way mainstream media are covering the medical marijuana issue. Back in the day, these sort of talking-head segments used to feature the host in-studio with the official-looking spokesperson for prohibition getting the opening and closing questions and being allowed by the host to dominate the discussion. The guest representing the reform position is then brought in for conflict and balance, but usually in a remote shot. The sober and serious prohib would be given open-ended questions and allowed to speak at length to make the point. The marginalized reformer would be given leading questions on some inane fallacy about “legalization” and then be forced to defend themselves against the implied frivolity of their position.

    In this interview, the roles are reversed. Chris Goldstein comes off as the sober and serious one in-studio, with the host hanging on his every word and eager to give him opportunity to advance the agenda. The fellow from Heritage Foundation comes off as the fringe defender of an unwelcome position, with the host’s leading questions that could almost be completed with “tell us why you believe that nonsense?”

    It’s getting to the point where mainstream media organizations are having difficulty booking guests to take an anti-medical marijuana position. Even those they find can only bring themselves to criticize the smoking of cannabis and even they are being rebutted by interviewers who are increasingly aware of vaporization, tinctures, and edibles.

    This is how NORML is working to end adult marijuana prohibition – by winning the hearts and minds of the American people through honest education about cannabis and through responsible intelligent spokespeople appearing in local and national news media. Chris Goldstein is but one of the hundreds of activists in our nationwide chapter network who are making a difference by stepping up to be the face and voice of the responsible adult cannabis consumer… won’t you join us?

    72 responses to “NORML’s Chris Goldstein debates medical marijuana on CBS”

    1. Brian says:

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      [Editor’s note: Ron Paul viable for president? Hardly. 1) He is too old. 2) Of course there will be no Obama vs. Paul for the 2012 presidential race because Ron Paul can’t win the GOP nomination…because the GOP is self-evidently not libertarian.

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    2. Luke says:

      What a weasel this flat-earther is. Our side is finally getting the better image it deserves. As far as this joke on the video goes – in the words of Buggs Bunny, “What a maroon!”

    3. Bo says:

      Is this heritage guy a hard core democrat or what? Wants to make all these rules just to protect you. Trying to tell me he knows better about my health/life than I do???
      We *have* to protect everybody against everything because they can’t handle it themselves. If you let them control this part of your life, how much longer do you think it will be before they want control over more?

    4. ken says:

      wow that guy against marijuana scares me, to think people are that dumb and brain washed that there willing to ignore any scientific evidence just because they dont agree, FUCK THAT GUY!@ legalize it

    5. Matt says:

      I love that this guy talks about Cali cutting down on cigarettes & transfats but legalizing weed and he says “it doesn’t make sense”

      It’s only nonsensical if you absolutely REFUSE to see the positive.

    6. Brandon says:

      This is an excellent discussion by CBS. It seems when the anti marijuana advocates talk they bring up unrelated drugs. How can the Heritage Foundation person say in one breath that marijuana is great for end-of-life and in the next compare marijuana with steroids?

      If/when marijuana is made legal; usage will go up because people will ADMIT to using. How much will the ACTUAL user base grow is unknown. I am willing to bet actual new users will grow at first but will eventually shrink as the newness wares off.

      I would hope forward thinking states will look at taxing marijuana fairly and use the tax money for drug rehabilitation centers and education on moderation of any and all addictive medicines. However, I think states are looking at taxing marijuana as a way to balance budgets instead.

      Good job NORML for all of the work that you are doing behind the scenes. Keep up the good work!

    7. Zoltan says:

      they need to just make a new rule, medical pot is via edible, tincture of vaporizing…honestly I cant call the smoking of cannabis a medical act because of what it does to you.

      dump smoking…and those that complain about the price of a vaporizor…please, you can get one now for the price of a cheap bong

    8. Zoltan says:


      hammer that home as the medical way, and they have no argument other than what age to allow, and with that I say make it 21 to start then people can see how harmless it is.

    9. Jack Bauer says:

      Very good interview indeed. The guy against legalization and medical use is so full of crock, If you are willing to use marijuana recreationally, than of course you’ll probably try another drug, but I doubt that other drug will be heroin or methamphetamine, more like psychedelics and some of the over-prescribed painkillers that, hopefully, will start being less prevalent when there is a safe, natural drug that can take it’s place. Also if you want to talk about gate way drugs, why not talk about alcohol? It’s one thing to be wrong, but to simply ignore facts to advance your agenda is simply dishonest.

    10. Jake says:

      I don’t understand how the prohibition advocate believes use by children would rise when federally regulated. Derrr. Ask any teenager if they find it easier to get alcohol or weed. No dealer checks I.D