On Sunday night CNN aired the documentary “Weed”, which while not groundbreaking medically or scientifically, was actually groundbreaking simply for the fact that it was being aired on CNN.

It was only four days ago that Dr. Sanjay Gupta came out and publicly apologized for his role in “misleading the public” on the effects of marijuana.

Gupta’s documentary went a long way to show the many positive effects that medical marijuana has around the world. From a 5-year old who’s life was saved by weed to an 80-year old Holocaust survivor whose only relief from the tremors that are ever present is smoking government subsidized marijuana. Less surprising was the artist who works better while he’s high and more surprising was that they actually showed a “stoner” guy who drives better while stoned because he’s used to the drugs effects.

The chart that showed a list of drugs, cocaine, heroin, alcohol and weed probably shocked a lot of people. Alcohol is far more addictive than weed and on any number of levels far more dangerous.

Let’s not forget the amount of people that are serving time in prison for marijuana related offenses. It’s time we stopped hiding our heads in the sand and did the right thing. Legalize marijuana for both medical and recreational purposes. Regulate it and tax it. Legalization isn’t going to make the drug any more prevalent than it already is. In fact, I’d be willing to bet that most high school kids would probably have less trouble getting their hands on a joint than they would a six pack of beer precisely because it’s illegal and not regulated.

Did you see the CNN documentary? What do you think about the legalization of marijuana? An overwhelming majority of Americans already believe that it should be legal. I guess we’ll just have to wait until the marijuana lobby saves up enough money to outbid the pharmaceutical companies for our politicians’ votes.

Posted by James Poling

A socialist, tinkerer, thinker, question asker and all around curiosity seeker. If you'd like to reach me you can use the contact link above or email me at jamespoling [at] gmail [dot] com.

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