Current TV: Marijuana Prohibition In America Examined Tonight

  • by Allen St. Pierre, Former NORML Executive Director November 28, 2011

    The award-winning (and totally watchable) Vanguard series from Current TV examines Cannabis Prohibition in America tonight at 9PM (eastern) in ‘The War on Weed’ with not only an obligatory review* of western states’ medical cannabis laws (including California, Colorado and Washington), but, more notable for NORML, is the documentary’s critical review and juxtaposition to the western United States ongoing experiment with allowing medical access to cannabis–and the general cultural and political acceptance for cannabis in most of the western states–to that of the decidedly anti-cannabis attitudes and law enforcement practices for decades in supposedly ‘liberal’ and ‘tolerant’ New York City, where 50,000 cannabis consumers a year are arrested, about ninety percent black and Latino.

    *Obligatory, because starting at 10PM (eastern) on December 1st is the Discovery Channel’s Weed Wars, a new series that looks at the fine legal line between compassion and big commerce regarding California’s medical cannabis industry.

    Contrastingly, Discovery Channel is also premiering that same week a new series called Moonshiners.

    32 responses to “Current TV: Marijuana Prohibition In America Examined Tonight”

    1. Anon says:

      I have yet to hear denial regarding the fact that Corporations, Industries & the like are behind the force driving prohibition .

      To me, it has become obvious that the opposers of legalizing hemp have a hidden agenda on their minds. William Hearst and a few other rich cats decided that we needed to be enslaved by our needs for petroleum based products and wood based paper. Hemp is a renewable crop that can be used to replace much of our dependence on petroleum based plastics for instance. Also, hemp was once used to make book paper, paper which cost much less to produce and is from an easily renewable resource (unlike trees, which take decades to grow, hemp is an annual crop). Hemp paper also does not disintegrate or yellow like log paper and does not require environment damaging chemicals to process it. The reason why our government does not allow hemp and marijuana to be legalized is quite simple. Paper, petroleum and alcohol industries would NOT LIKE IT, and these industries do not only control the government, they are the government .
      Rather than showing a televised show ( as above ) on weed it would be interesting to expose those who are the prohibitionists .

    2. R says:

      This holiday season the gift of giving keeps on going. This years treat we’re ending the expansion of legitimate access to medical cannabis.

      Yours truly this,
      The multi-trillion dollar pharmaceutical industry with help from vested interest DEA agents

      P.S. Were dr Un k all ready! If we wernt bisy be@ting 0ur wives weed be out beaTng up dope h3ads!

    3. Paul says:

      I wont be able to watch this because I am a student in college and tonight I have to study physics and calculus. But I hope that Norml posts this on their website so I can watch it later.

    4. R says:

      You can judge the intelligence, or lack there of, caused by the drugs (cannabis versus alcohol) just by comparing those two videos. Haha!

    5. Joel: the other Joel says:

      I’ve wonder if the federal government ever threatened or tried to shut down the Discovery Channel.

    6. Joel: the other Joel says:

      Ooops the my last reply was a question.

      Here is another:
      Is the federal government happy that the public is becoming well informed about Cannabis?

    7. Smoke n toke says:

      How is it that prohibition needs to hide and WE THE PEOPLE do not? what could they be afraid of i wonder? THE TRUTH!

    8. R says:

      Newt Gingrich is MURDER SUPPORTER!!! He support raising the price of drugs AND supports pot prohibition. Hey you idiot, anytime you raise prices you RAISE CRIME.

      Hell, MURDER is legal if its in self-defense. BUT WE CAN’T SELF-DEFEND OUR HEALTH WITH A NON-TOXIC PLANT??? F YOU asshole!

    9. Brandon says:

      “Smoking a joint can’t kill you, but [prohibition] can”. This should said on national TV, A LOT, because it’s completely un-deniable.

    10. Steve says:

      Watching this right now.