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 The first lines of the trailer for  Marijuana Inc – Inside America’s Pot Industry on CNBC (the business channel) refer to Cannabis (marijuana) as an “illegal narcotic” – an error as Cannabis is not a narcotic us(or an intoxicant – the government’s ONDCP site lists it as a “euphoriant”. Neuroprotectant and anti-inflammatory are other accurate classifications.), although it is indeed illegal in most circumstances, excepting medical uses in thirteen states.

That common error aside, the hour-long special promises to be another interesting insight into one of our largest industries least likely to need a government bail-out.  In fact, many economists think legalization, taxation and utilization of Cannabis could help lift America out of it’s slump. This Marijuana Inc trailer was posted on CNBC’s You Tube channel:Marijuana Inc

* Update: A review from The Drug War Chronical: http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle_blog/2009/jan/22/cnbc_s_marijuana_inc_propaganda

Last month the National Geographic Channel aired Marijuana Nation, another comprehensive look at this issue. However, the “NatGeo” channel at You Tube removed the trailer when it’s views eclipsed others on the channel.

nmlThese TV specials are part of a new focus on marijuana issues by the news media. The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws compiled several media events this month. Unfortunately, the Rachel Hoffman Story (see previous post) on Dateline was pre-empted by the airliner in the Hudson last week – perhaps it will be on this week.

Some related news stories appearing this month:

Headline: Jan 7, 2009Column: Smoking Herb Not Necessarily a Road to Ruin– The newly decriminalized state of Massachusettes has widely varying viewpoints on the easing of personal possession statutes mandated by the voters last November.

Headline: Jan 7, 2009HIGH COURT TO CONSIDER WHETHER POT CAN BE PART OF RELIGION  – The Arizona Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether there is a religious right to possess marijuana.

Headline: Jan 8. 2008HI: OPED: Reefer Madness – This emotional letter from an anonymous author speaks for the victims of marijuana prohibition.

Headline: Jan 8, 2009BC: Column: America Begins To Ease Up On Marijuana Smokers – This editorial from Canada sums up results of the 2008 elections in the U.S., including a new medical marijuana state (MI), numerous municipalities and another state voting for decriminalization of marijuana.

Headline: Jan 15, 2008CA: ‘Guru of Ganja’ Mounts Second Court Appeal – Oakland, California’s Ed  Rosenthal is asking a federal appeals court to overturn his “re-conviction” on charges of growing marijuana, mainly because it was medical marijuana and the City of Oakland’s involvement was not made known to the jurors.

Headline: Jan 22, 2009Bongs Away!How the Crusade Against Drug Paraphernalia Punishes Controversial Speech – An extensive article in Reason Magazine coming out next week is previewed here.

albertThe prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the Prohibition law.  For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this
country is closely connected with this.
Albert Einstein, My First Impression of the U.S.A., 1921

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One Comment

    • cannabistv
    • Posted January 23, 2009 at 6:39 am
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    Well, another disappointment from the mainstream media – pot propaganda disguised as journalism. CNBC was too lazy or biased to point out that the prohibition itself is logically responsible for most of the negativity surrounding marijuana use. Amazing that America’s collective memory is too short to compare the drug war to alcohol prohibition.


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  1. By “Marijuana Inc.”on CNBC Tonight - Preview! on 22 Jan 2009 at 12:41 pm

    […] Michael H. Cohen Attorney wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerpt Jan 22, 2009 – The first lines of the trailer for the 9 PM showing of Marijuana Inc – Inside America’s Pot Industry on CNBC (the business channel) refer to Cannabis (marijuana) as an “illegal narcotic” – an error as Cannabis is not a narcotic or intoxicant (Check the government’s ONDCP site – it is listed as a “eurphoriant”. Neuroprotectant is another accurate classification.), although it is illegal in many circumstances. That common error aside, the hour-long special promises to be another fascinating insight into one of this country’s largest industries. This trailer was posted on CNBC’s You Tube channel: […]

  2. By “Marijuana Inc.”on CNBC - Preview! on 23 Jan 2009 at 10:25 am

    […] Skepdude wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerpt Jan 22, 2009 – The first lines of the trailer for the 9 PM (Eastern) showing of Marijuana Inc – Inside America’s Pot Industry on CNBC (the business channel) refer to Cannabis (marijuana) as an “illegal narcotic” – an error as Cannabis is not a narcotic (or an intoxicant – the government’s ONDCP site lists it as a “euphoriant”. Neuroprotectant and anti-inflammatory are other accurate classifications.), although it is indeed illegal in most circumstances, excepting medical uses in thirteen states. That common error aside, the hour-long special promises to be another interesting insight into one of our largest industries least likely to need a government bail-out.  In fact, many economists think legalization, taxation and utilization of Cannabis could help lift America out of it’s slump. This Marijuana Inc trailer was posted on CNBC’s You Tube channel: […]

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