More Marijuana in the Mainstream Media

CANNABIS CULTURE – Mainstream cable news channels continue to seriously address the issue of marijuana legalization on a daily basis.

As the drug-related violence in Mexican border towns continue, and more US politicians call for a wider debate, mainstream news networks have been seriously discussing the legalization of drugs as a solution to growing gang violence. CNN, CNBC, and even Fox News have been increasingly featuring drug law reform advocates as guests, and actually giving them a chance to explain their positions!

On CNBC, Marijuana Policy Project’s Rob Kampia debated former Bush and Clinton drug policy advisor Kevin Sabet on the absurdity of marijuana prohibition. Remarkably, the host repeatedly pressed Sabet on his incorrect statistics and unsupported assertions.

CNN’s Jack Cafferty, who recently penned a poignant article titled “The War on Drugs is Insane“, asked viewers if legalizing marijuana is the answer to the government’s money problem. All of the responses were positive.

Also on CNN, Congressman Barney Frank, who has cosponsored recent pro-marijuana and hemp bills, put a big smile on Lou Dobb’s face when he referring to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger recent calls for a marijuana legalization debate. Frank said, “when people in my business say it’s time for a debate, it generally means that they are for something that they’re afraid isn’t popular enough yet.”

Finally, on Fox News, activist Mason Tvert of SAFER stood his ground against a barrage of prohibitionist propaganda from ‘addiction specialist’ Dr. Harold Urschel and Fox stooge Brian Kilmeade. Fox wasn’t as pot-friendly as the other networks but still gave the issue a chance – and a week earlier broadcast a debate about medical marijuana between two religious leaders.

Watch more mainstream news coverage about marijuana.

UPDATE: Watch another Fox News clip with (the always-fantastic) Ethan Nadelmann from the Drug Policy Alliance.



  1. Anonymous on

    I will start growing immediately. Unless of course it will up to the tobacco companies to ‘provide’ us with a taxed and regulated product! One thing noone’s talking about. From what I understand in 1976 big tobacco was gearing up for marijuana production but it never happened. Could you imagine if home growing was still illegal and you had to buy weed from RJR Reynolds in 20-packs like cigarettes? Sort of like you can’t distill your own hard alcohol?


  2. Pothead from NFLD on

    I think this is great the more we hear about it and see it on tv the better…people can no longer ignore this and a sensible debate like a debate before a vote which could even be broadcasted on television so everyone can hear the truth and lies about the WAR against Marijuana HAS TO HAPPENEN…..we can say we hope it is leagalized within the decade I hope for within the next few years.

  3. sensemilla on

    The “Addiction Treatment Specialist’s” solution to the American drug problem is “More treatment.”

    Law enforcement’s solution to the American drug problem is “More arrests.”

    Politicians want “More laws.”

    And when you ask the average American who doesn’t have their own interest’s in mind, the solution to the American drug problem is “More freedom.”

    Which of these understand liberty?

  4. Anonymous on

    This Kevin Sabet guy is full of lies and even host can’t stop him from talking nonsense. He should first learn how to talk nice on national media.
    I am tired of this short debates when everyone is talking at once, everything is rushed and they can’t even say and talk like normal educated people.

  5. Ozlanthos on

    First they laugh at you
    Then they fight you
    and then…you win!

    Personally I am sick of the back and forth on this issue. I wish a serious debate would occur. One in which currently employed “experts” on both sides could get together and debate calmly and rationally about the cost/benefit ratio of pursuing both the legalization and continued prohibition of marijuana. Instead we are still doing the he said she said, drive-by side-stabs on both sides. Personally the only way I think we can end this debate is to elect people who SPECIFICALLY STATE LEGALIZATION AS ONE OF THEIR PRIMARY PLATFORM ISSUES (ie Independents). Both the repubs and the demos have no motivation for legalizing as they get their campaign funds from prohibitionist groups.



  6. Anonymous on

    me too, i’ll join you. keep the dream alive.

  7. kidaihuan on

    Makes you wish you were American, eh? 😀

    The day legalization occurs, I’m going to grab a potted plant, run outside, and proudly display it by walking around town.

    Hopefully, it’ll be in the next decade. ;D