With the surge of headlines debating the use of marijuana, the repeal of cannabis prohibition, and its medicinal qualities, one must wonder why some states are so hesitant in reforming their antiquated laws. If you’re still of the mindset that marijuana is a dangerous gateway drug that leads to acid trips and homicidal rampages, you really need to get with the times.
CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a highly respected neurosurgeon and frontrunner for Surgeon General of the United States, has recently, and very publicly stated that he was wrong about medical marijuana and is now a proponent of its use in medicine.
At the heart of this matter lies money, as with every political spectacle. On one hand, there is the potential tax money earned from the sale and regulation of marijuana, in a similar fashion as alcohol is currently handled. On the other hand, and often with much more political clout behind it (not to mention a small army of lobbyists), is the money earned in the private prison industry. These companies are traded on Wall Street based upon the number of prisoners inside, and push for strict drug laws that guarantee maximum profit....Continue ReadingView Comments (1)