Mainstream Media Cast Attention To Marijuana Legalization

  • by Allen St. Pierre, Former NORML Executive Director October 23, 2012

    The past few days affirm that the mainstream media is now starting to cast serious light and attention on both the numerous state cannabis legalization ballots pending in November and what appears to be the precursor to legalization that has largely already happened in the state of Colorado under the pretense of medical access.

    Two of America’s most important media outlets, CBS’ 60 Minutes and Newsweek Magazine, focused on cannabis legalization and commerce, with the latter featuring the subject matter on this week’s cover. The former leaves the viewer with the distinct feeling that they’re seeing what legalized cannabis cultivation and sales are going to possibly look like post-prohibition.

    Read the Newsweek cover article here and view the 60 Minutes segment here.

    30 responses to “Mainstream Media Cast Attention To Marijuana Legalization”

    1. Ben says:

      Much of the news regarding these efforts is good-
      we await, with much anticipation, the news of the votes in the 3 states…

      however, I ask you, IF one state legalized it
      AND said state stopped losing money regarding its impact to society and started gaining from it –
      as in,

      what would it REALLY take to get the feds to back of and the high court(s) to change the laws and legislation of this?

      is this a 2/3 of the Senate
      or is that a Supreme Court interpretation of the legal definition ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’ or what?

      IF a state legalizes it
      who then would they have to contend with?
      could the president pencil in an ok?

      what would then be the NEXT battleground for our rights?

    2. Greyhound says:

      This has got to have Michele Leonhart and the other goons at the DEA frothing at the mouth.

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    4. Galileo Galilei says:


      “IF a state legalizes it
      who then would they have to contend with?
      could the president pencil in an ok?”

      I think if one state legalized it the prohibitionists, knowing that the elimination of alchohol prohibition started wiith one state (Colorado), would begin a concerted, last ditch effort to demonize our favorite plant. After all, we wouldn’t want all those ‘degenerate races’ overthrowing the status quo.

    5. anony says:

      @Ben I am FOR legalization but I have a strong feeling that those 3 States will not pass like what happened to California in 2010 with Prop 19.

      You know why? Because even the Marijuana advocates feared that legalizing Marijuana would hurt their profits, since legalizing it would bring the prices down. So guess what Cannabis Collectives did? They voted against prop 19 and the percentages went from 60% in favor in the Summer of 2010, to 47% in November polls in 2010 and failed.

      As of right now, both Colorado and Washington are at 52ish percent in favor, but during the Summer 2012 they were even as high as the 60% mark. Oregon has dropped to 40 and will fail but my point is, when November comes around in 2 weeks, I believe it won’t pass again because people are afraid of uncertainty.

      It sucks but it’s the truth and what more can I say? People spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to get a decision to swing their way, but there are even more powerful people who want to deny that. I remember for prop 19, some well known advocate named Lee something he is disabled, spent over a million US Dollars of his own money hoping prop 19 would pass but failed.. well I won’t go into that but you get the point. Can anyone please prove me wrong? I’m just stating the facts… and I am all for Marijuana legalization again~

    6. Dave says:

      Ben, everything you mention _could_ happen. I don’t understand why something so simple could be dragged out for so long; but virtually everyone now sees the hypocrisy and corruption of the “War on Drugs”. Instead of focusing on important things like morals, they focus on lines in the sand and our whole society has been depleted of good will by this endless harassment. People either hate the police or think they are heroes in near equal numbers and both sides are correct in their assessments. Sometimes the police are doing good work and sometimes they are working against the common good; thereby taking away from the good they have achieved. And it’s all thanks to the corrupting influence of this wretched “war on drugs”.

    7. stymie says:

      I’m all for the total legalization of marijuana. 75 years is way to long to keep fighting a war that the goverment is not winning. like a cop said in the cities “it isn’t the doppers it’s the dam drunks”.

    8. So much better to see the new “pot barons” out in the open
      instead of the gangsters hidden behind the murders
      Wake Up prohibs and open yours eyes
      the real green revolution is inevitable

    9. Happy says:

      Wonderfull. I dream of a day when we can all be free to pursue our love for this butiful plant.

    10. Bradson says:

      The mainstream press has always been a primary enabler of marijuana prohibition. It began with the notorious yellow journalism of the 1930’s. That propaganda campaign was so successful that it held sway for decades and helped usher in a global war on a non-toxic, versatile and highly beneficial natural resource. It’s only right that the mainstream press lead the way in setting the record straight and undoing the incredible harm done by poor journalism.