Posts Tagged ‘#mmot’

A former narcotics officer and a medical doctor talk with a medical marijuana patient. Neill Franklin of LEAP, Dr. David Bearman of the American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine and Tonya Davis have an intense meeting.


“To me, the ‘canna-business,’ it’s a great example of community-level capitalism working well,” says Heather Donahue, Hollywood actress-turned-marijuana farmer and author of the new book Grow Girl.

Donahue sat down with’s Tim Cavanaugh to discuss why she left acting only a few years after her iconic role as “Heather” in the Blair Witch Project and how she ended up cultivating marijuana in a small Northern California community known as “Nugget Town.”

Although Donahue favors legalization of marijuana and acknowledges the terrible toll that prohibition has taken, she also thinks that California’s medical marijuana market has flourished in the legal “grey area” that currently exists.

“By creating this grey area, you’re actually creating a system that works,” says Donahue. “This is a system on a human scale, and that’s part of why it works so well.”

Approximately 9:43 minutes. Interview by Tim Cavanaugh. Shot and edited by Zach Weissmueller.

As the marathon to legalize marijuana plows forward, a key to winning over many of the leftover prohibitionists might lie within two questions: exactly how significant is the illicit pot trade in the violence south of the border, and what are the long-term implications for Americans as a result of Mexico’s indefinite narco war? Being a former federal agent who has worked on the border and enforced the U.S.’s drug laws, I know that neither of these can be answered with exact precision, but one can hope that illustrating the obvious will at least get us closer to the finish line.

As for the first question, the vastness of the southern border makes it impossible to determine the absolute value of marijuana to the drug cartels, or Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCO’s) for the trendy types. Most smuggled goods breeze by U.S. law enforcement undetected, with authorities most likely snagging just 15 percent of the incoming dope on their best days.

via How Legal Pot Could Save Thousands of Lives? Hint: Stop Feeding the Mexican Death Cartels | Drugs | AlterNet.



Contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine and the author of The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World, Michael Pollan delivers this Avenali Lecture on the stories of four familiar plant species: the apple, the tulip, the potato, and cannabis. [1/2003]

January 13, 2012 BBC News

Former Cook County, Assistant State’s Attorney James Gierach and current Superintendent of Corrections, Cheshire County, NH, Richard Van Wickler, have a brief chat about how drug prohibition actually plays into the hands of cartels and street gangs and does nothing to protect our children.