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The Pot Republic

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Michael Montgomery talks about “The Pot Republic,” the Frontline and Center for Investigative Reporting investigation of the country’s oldest, largest and most wide-open marijuana market in California. The bulk of the marijuana consumed in the United States used to come across the border from Mexico, Canada and elsewhere, but now more than half of it is believed to be grown in California, where an enormous black market has emerged under the cover of the state’s medical marijuana law. Several California counties are attempting to openly regulate pot production. Frontline’s “The Pot Republic” airs July 26, at 9pm ET on PBS.

Guests:

Michael Montgomery

Comments [8]

Dr. David Ores from NYC LES

If alcohol is legal, pot needs to be legal.

it is 10,000 times less dangerous than alcohol and many different ways. Especially if it is ingested an not smoked.

Legalize it through "pot distrib centers" and TAX it to generate billions in revenue.

Why give those billions to cartel / terrorist murderers?

Jul. 26 2011 05:15 PM
MAX from NYC

marijuana possession was the #1 cause of arrest in NYC over 50,000 last year

Jul. 26 2011 12:41 PM
lillian Gorman from upper east side

The guest mentioned that there is an environmental effect - what is it the environmental effect?

Jul. 26 2011 12:38 PM
Ken

Don't the drug cartels have a huge incentive to influence politicians to keep it illegal?

Jul. 26 2011 12:36 PM
Unheard from NYC

Does the Pot Republic piece cover in any way the miracle properties of hemp/marijuana? Such as the fact that 1 square acre of hemp/marijuana produces as much oxygen as 100 square acres of rain forest. Or the possibilities of alternative fuels and plastics.

Jul. 26 2011 12:35 PM

Leonard, please ask your guest how the Obama DEA's recent decision that marijuana has no medical use impact California and the rest of the states that have voted to approve mj for medical treatment.

Jul. 26 2011 12:32 PM
gene from NYC

The wild and wooly woods of Northern Calif. are immense. Every time I visit friends, I'm ASTOUNDED how many people are growing: mayors, teachers, doctors, truck drivers, shop owners, builders, etc.

Jul. 26 2011 12:26 PM
Gerald Fnord from Palos Verdes, Ca

I think everyone needs to maintain and maybe up the level of hypocrisy on both sides that allows both sides to operate---the hypocritical government notion that pot isn't legalised in California but that the locals will take care of it, the hypocritical notion that marijuana use is overwhelmingly medical from my side.

When I was a child, I thought as a child, and hated hypocrisy. Well, I still pretty much think as a child, but even I have come to understand that the world runs on it, and in the lack of an dependable alternative fuel (like trusting exclusively in reason and acting decently, which I think we as a species are fundamentally against), it's all we've got.

Jul. 26 2011 11:33 AM

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