CNBC — The Marijuana Lobby: All Grown Up

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director April 19, 2010

    Just in time for 4/20, cable news titan CNBC has launched “Marijuana & Money: A Special Report” — a comprehensive online collection of features and commentaries covering all things cannabis.

    Headline stories and featured videos include:

    The Cost-and-Benefit Arguments Around Enforcement; Tax Potential For Government; States With The Most Liberal Pot Laws; States With The Toughest Pot Laws The Confused State of Pot Law Enforcement; and The New Pot: No High, No Pain, No Problem.

    There’s also commentaries in favor of marijuana law reform from political heavyweights like: former Republican Governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson (The War On Drugs Has Failed, So Tax And Regulate Marijuana); ex-New York City Democrat Mayor Ed Koch (Let’s Get The Facts About Marijuana And Move On From There); Rhode Island Democrat State Senator Joshua Miller (Rhode Island’s Drive for Sensible Marijuana Laws); former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper (Legalization Will Reduce Crime, Free Up Police Resources) and U.S. Republican Congressman Ron Paul of Texas (End Insanity Of The War on Drugs—Start With Decriminalizing Marijuana at The Federal Level).

    Naturally, for the sake of ‘balance,’ the rantings and ramblings of a handful of prohibitionist ‘flat Earthers’ like Drug Free Kids’ Joyce Nalepka (My ‘Addiction’ To Fighting Drugs) and former DEA Administrator Asa Hutchinson (Legalizing Marijuana Not Worth the Costs) are thrown in for good measure, but by this time it’s unlikely that anyone is listening.

    Arguably the centerpiece of the collection is a feature entitled, “The Marijuana Lobby: All Grown Up,” which examines the history and progress of the marijuana law reform movement — and profiles NORML’s role in particular. Here’s an excerpt:

    The Marijuana Lobby: All Grown Up
    via CNBC

    What a difference 20 years has made for the head of the pot lobbying group, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, Norml.

    In the old days congressmen would ask Allan St. Pierre about males developing breasts as a result of smoking marijuana–a la the government propaganda movie “Reefer Madness”. Now St. Pierre has legislators calling him to help write bills.

    “I wrote five last year,” says St. Pierre.

    “Prohibition is a luxury we can no longer afford, lawmakers tell me now,” St. Pierre says. “And just as the Great Depression sped up the repeal of the Prohibition on alcohol by decades, the current recession appears to be really speeding things up with respect to marijuana.”

    … “We’ve got the baby boom generation in power, a crushing recession and an Internet that allows us to get around a lap-doggish national media,” he said. “We’ve never had the support of more powerful people in this effort.”

    Read the full story here. And, of course, have a happy 4/20!

    24 responses to “CNBC — The Marijuana Lobby: All Grown Up”

    1. Robin says:

      Protest in Bend, Oregon tomorrow from 2-6pm. We are showing our support for OCTA 2010 (http://www.cannabistaxact.org).

      Details here:
      http://bend.craigslist.org/eve/1695918945.html (yes it says 4/24, but we got lucky and have 8 volunteers currently so we’re moving forward with the original plan for tomorrow)

    2. Bud Caryl says:

      Hopefully California,will be able to tax and regulate Marijuana for people over 21 years of age.This is a major step step just getting it to the ballot.California people you should be proud.I used to live in that fine state back in the mid 70s,now i wished i still lived their.If this goes thru hopefully this will follow through the rest of the united states of america.Be proud California and hold your head high! No pun intended.

    3. maryjanesuncle says:

      better be prepared to her every lie ever told about cannabis . The nay sayers will be out in force because for a change we have a real shot at legalization. We need to come together and not be stereo typed, changing minds and hearts will change the law.

    4. Jon says:

      Most of the commentary I read on cnbc was against pot, and very opinionated. alot of referencing that pot is highly addictive and very unhealthy, I was very disappointed, mainly because all the negative commenting of pot and allegations that its extremely harmful, but no fact based research in the commentaries, and no list of resources, heck most of the authors against pot openly admitted they had no research to prove their opinions, simply that they couldnt believe marijuana could be medically helpful. These are the problems with society on this issue and many others, people dont want to do any research. I dont know it just seemed like alot of marijuana bashing, and discrimination like using the word “pothead” or “drugees”. my aunt whom died of cancer used pot to relieve her chemo symptoms, and she was not a ****ing pothead or a damn drugee. this is becoming really frustrating all I want is some facts from these people, they’ve spent enough time tossing around their opinions.

    5. wise man says:

      what are all the NORML folks going to do when marijuana is legalized….food for thought

      [Editor’s note: As there will be no need for a ‘legalization’ group post prohibition, NORML’s non-profit advocacy efforts will likely cease.

      However, NORML is modeled after Consumer’s Union (the publishers of Consumer’s Reports), and post-prohibition may bring some of the assets, archives, network and personnel from NORML to an organization that advocates for consumers, continuing the tradition of serving them rather the government or commercial entities, to be a stakeholder-driven broker for the cannabis consumer re laws, regulations, taxes, cannabis strains, retail and wholesale practices, services and products relating to cannabis (grow equipment, paraphernalia, fertilizers and pesticides, etc…).

    6. mtlasagna says:

      down the rabbit hole with alice and catch-22 revisited

      cannabis is illegal according to the controlled substances act.

      the reason cannabis is illegal is because the plant has NO medicinal value.

      reality, what’s that?

    7. Jeremy R. says:

      Way to go NORML hope every one has a great merry 4/20

    8. Yoni says:

      I just want to thank NORML for the tireless commitment to the cause. It is FINALLY beginning to pay off. Congratulations.

      When I, hopefully soon, smoke my first legal cannabis here in NJ, I will raise by blunt to you guys at NORML in a toast to your effort. Happy 4/20!

    9. mcduffee420 says:

      freaking asweome.I wonder what the big news from norml will be to help legalize in california.I didnt know it the movement was started by playboy and hugh hefneir.Lots of great information to make your brin get some smarts good read.

      I signed the petition that was sent to me by the Drug Policy Alliance to Ill send that out tomoroow on 4/20

      Happy 4/20

    10. Alvin says:

      More like “We’ve never had the support of THE GENERAL POPULATION more in this effort!”