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By and large, marijuana legalization represents progress, argues writer Annie Lowrey. It’s well documented that prohibition has a tremendous fiscal cost, not to …

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  1. This might be the worst video I've ever seen. Also, the "medicine" most shops are pushing is not medicine.. Just look at how it's grown!

  2. The only health risk marijuana has today is that I can be put in jail for it. Money does grow on trees they just made the tree illegal.

  3. Actually in California all the things she said are not happening actually are. Testing products, thc regulation in edibles and the like. I am disappointed in the Atlantic for letting this nonsense out to the public.

  4. It needs to be legal but ban the use of it around children. Can’t tell you how many fucked up parents will smoke it around them.

  5. WTF, the government would give better services than the market and private business? never happened in history, this is ridiculous, more regulations, less quality and waste of money, just look at the shitty quality of canada, where they are prefeering to purchase from black market because the quality is just better and have no taxes either. This is bullshit.

  6. 18 of 20 beer brands tested positive for glyphosate pesticide. the commonly used weed killer called roundup. the weed argument is dead.

  7. 0:53

    A few decades ago one in 10 admitted to it, because the environment of the time was not conducive for people to be openly cannabis users. Nowadays the counterculture, has nearly become mainstream, and relaxed views on it has allowed more people who are already using it, to come to the Forefront and into the spotlight.

  8. 0:13

    The origin of the myth that cannabis today is stronger than cannabis in the past, came out of federal officials inability to store and get their hands on high quality cannabis at the time. I'm sure with breeding practices, there are strains of cannabis out there today that are stronger than they naturally would be, but cannabis has always had a wide range of potencies.

  9. I think you need to do a little more factual reading and find out the real evil is in the pharmacutical industry and alcohol industry why do they you go home and smoke a dubi

  10. This video is wildly wrong about many things. First it's safety regulation is actually much higher than federal regulation on things like food and alcohol because they have to not only have it lab tested but also seed to sale confirmed for every product. Second there has never been ANY evidence to support the statement that "9% of users become addicted and have withdraw symptoms". Finally suggesting that the federal government would be better at running pot shops than regular people is absurd. They are the ones that made it illegal in the first place FOR NO REASON OTHER THAN GREED! And have been benefiting off of that greed for every second it's been illegal. Further more their regulation of all the other industries has been a massive disaster, the prime example of this is the FDA who's life goal it seems is to be in big pharmas back pocket and let lethal dangerous drugs on the market while keeping safe ones illegal. In short, before you make a video about cannabis why don't you do some actual research instead of spouting a bunch of bullshit that's completely untrue.

    And a side note "Taxation can make sure that cannabis use disorders don't become a bigger problem in the future". No one knows wtf you're talking about, there is no cannabis use disorder, it's just non sense you're making up. And even if there was such a thing taxation would in no way, shape or form help it. Taxing something doesn't lessen a disorder, it just lessens access to a medicine from poorer people.

  11. Do we need the government selling us our caffeine, alcohol, and prescription drugs as well to maximize benefits and minimize risks? If not then why do we need it for Cannabis?

    Taxes also will not curb usage among heavy users it will keep the black market alive. Something I believe the people funding this propaganda understand perfectly. Their approach and double think is Orwellian. They claim doing exactly what will continue to allow the black market to thrive is what will eliminate the financial and human costs of prohibition and the strength of their supporting evidence are the words "probably could" and "would". These people are either dishonest or imbeciles, either way consideration of their views at face value is to be led astray.

    No matter what you believe the only correct choice when considering their arguments is to dismiss it for the simple reason that "that which may be claimed without evidence may be dismissed without evidence".

    First provide conclusive evidence of even one detrimental effect of Cannabis and then get back to us, until then this is just more prohibitionist garbage and hysterics looking to solve a problem that only exists within themselves.

  12. I would not like to be a passenger in a car driven by a person stoned out of their gills with this new super potent herb! One of my best friends needs to (yes needs to) have a joint the moment she gets out of bed, every day. For years now. Is that not concerning?

  13. This short documentary didn't even acknowledge Texas's medical marijuana program 😂😂😂. What a joke. 😭

  14. Prohibition is and has always been about controlling people.
    There was a time when Americans fought hard against being controlled, but that was long ago.

    Now that cannabis is being legalized across the globe, the statists here at home are having panic attacks fearing the loss of control over their subjects.

    It's pretty easy to see on which side a person or organization lends their support.
    Some people simply cannot imagine freedom.

  15. Sounds like some government employees and academics need to do their job. Ya know, personal agendas aside.

  16. here is my reason to using cannabis.
    I am allergic to cats and my girlfriend has a cat. when I stayed over for a week I was smoking weed with her. this was my first time trying weed. I took 1allergy pill a day, but I knew that wouldn't help long. I also stayed over at another friends place who also had cats. a month after that week I wonder why I never had an allergy attack when being exposed to cats everyday. I looked up online if weed helps and turns out, it does. I was surprised and amazed that it can help. it helps one way or another.

  17. Bahahahahahaha!!!!! Ever heard of the endocannabinoid system? That thing hardwired into the DNA of every living organism on the planet? Nobody had weed withdrawls. Do some research god damn I'm so sick of these strawman arguments. Since weeds stronger you smoke less, you don't go get a 30 rack of liquer from the gas station do you?

  18. Those people should not smoke marijuana just as those with allergies to alcohol

  19. Believe in legaliztion but they do need to go easy on thc levels yeah we are addictive beings even as a baby we throw a fit when we come off a pacifir for gods sake. When we go from bottle to cup we cry then to think about iy

  20. 90% of the issues raised are despite ''The Atlantics'' argument not issues of the free market trade of Cannabis but rather a lack of a federal judicial base for its production and sale. ''Federal Dispenseries'' are an awful idea. Licensing and educating budtenders and applying federal standards for Cannabis production, sale and medical appliance however might work without de-privatising an entire industry.

  21. You are so wrong on so many points about the risk. In colorado all cannabis is tested and several regulated about what pets controls can and can't be used and all products have to be labeled with the lab results info about the strangth and strain used in it and anything added ie. vapes. so for colorado your wrong.

  22. I review legal cannabis in Washington state, and we see it help people daily.

  23. Ok how is this going to work? You cant drive on it or go into public high? How can cops check if someone is driving on it. I think it would be fine if you stayed in your home and did it. I remember in the 90s everyone did it and it was fine.

  24. Wow Anne Lowrey, this video is only now coming out months after your article? Did you rush production of this video to coincide with the minor media frenzy over Alex Berenson's anti-pot book? By the way, is your issue with pot more personal than you are letting on? Did you start abusing pot in liberal DC and had problems quitting? If so, don't you think a personal confession essay detailing your problematic use would be more interesting than this anodyne screed or would that be too embarrassing in your social circle? Anyway society is going to converge on a way to optimally use pot over the coming years as the novelty wears off but we'd get there quicker if people with an audience are honest about the problems they encountered with the substance.

  25. I don't know. This looks like a bold, grand lie by the few in power to keep the industry in control for themselves, profit off it and not let people use and sell it freely.

    Calling it free-market while looking to destroy it with restrictions.
    If they cared so much about our health they would have perma-banned alcohol and tobacco.
    These sweet little lies have gone on for far too long and we're not stupid anymore to be manipulated. Nope.

  26. Public health problem has been the machine putting human cells into food, vaccines that paralyze our children, promoting alcoholism and more! Alcohol is no longer the main destroyer of families its Big Pharma opiate drugs! You are the reason the old system is passing away. The old ideas wont fly, try palliative approach, try understanding the medicinal value of the 7 plants that have CBD. Cannabis for medical and recreation is for the millions who dont believe the pharma or mental health industry. This video is from a source backing the situation with the government shutdown too! These are some of the reasons for the state of affairs in our country by and large! If you dont get approval for your ideas – you have a tantrum and make up lies. Truth and HOPE will Always float – turds sink to the bottom feeders!

  27. The marijuana industy does have great potential for many, but its future economics is still ensnared with the inaccurate decisions of our past.

  28. heroine, oxy contin, crack, over eating, chronic masturbation, and sleep disorders are probably all way worse than marijuana abuse. If you need an addiction, why not weed?

  29. Taxing it to reduce the number of chronic users? That's completely laughable, as we've already utilized the black market for years. You'll simply drive us back to it. The cigarette tax strategy will fall flat if attempted with cannabis.

  30. Phytoceutical ~●~
    And ~○~○~
    THE EMPORER WEARS NO CLOTHES ~●~●~●~

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