In his State of the State Address Wednesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that New York will begin a medical marijuana program on a limited basis. Jim Rendon, freelance writer and author of the book Super-Charged: How Hippies, Outlaws, and Scientists Reinvented Marijuana, looks at the plan.
Since the mid 1990s, 16 states and the District of Columbia have passed medical marijuana laws. In some states, like California, a vast growing and dispensary system has sprung up for a drug that the federal government still considers illegal. Journalist Jim Rendon went behind the scenes with many of the people who work in what is both an illicit and quasi-legal industry. His book is called Supercharged: How Outlaws Hippies and Scientists Reinvented Marijuana.