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April 19, 2010

Great coverage of "Marijuana & Money" at CNBC

CNBC has a huge new special report on marijuana now appearing on it website. The Editor's Introduction to the coverage, which includes links to lots of articles on lots of legal (and non-legal issues), starts and ends this way:

The legalization of marijuana is no longer the unthinkable.

On a state level, in California, for instance, it could be a reality later this year.  Some 56 percent of people polled there already support the regulation and taxation of marijuana, ahead of a November public referendum to do just that.

Medical marijuana is now legal in California and 13 other states, while more are considering it.  The drug has been decriminalized in 12 states, and in Denver voters opted to legalize a small amount for personal consumption for those over 21 years-old, even though Colorado law says otherwise.

All of this is creating a legal thicket involving jurisdictional authority because on a federal level marijuana is not legal in any way, shape or form.  As the legal debate grows louder, so do other ones about what is already one of the nation's biggest cash crops....

CNBC's "Marijuana & Money" explores the concept of legalization in largely an economic context, which is why you'll find ample representation of critics and opponents--both in and out of government--who say marijuana remains the "gateway drug" and the cost-benefit analysis of legalization has been greatly simplified....

"Marijuana & Money" explores virtually every angle and aspect of the marijuana debate, from the economics of taxation and law enforcement, the likely business models of production and consumption; the lobbying effort and public health debate, professional and workplace issues, and, of course, the rapidly evolving world of legalized medical marijuana.  Much of this you can track through individual state pages and a state-by-state tables.

In some three dozen articles, videos and slideshows — and another dozen, diverse commentaries (pro, con and neutral) from major players and thoughts leaders in the arenas of politics and government, law, medicine, sociology, religion and entertainment — "Marijuana & Money" catches a country in clear transition and a debate in high gear.

Marijuana is something many Americans know about — to one degree or another.  (By one government estimate, 10.1 percent of the population admitted to using marijuana in 2007).  It's part of American history, culture and our economy.

Kudos to CNBC for giving this important issue the coverage it needs and deserves (and thanks to the reader who alerted me to this new resource).

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the lobbying effort and public health debate, professional and workplace issues, and, of course, the rapidly evolving world of legalized medical marijuana.


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Posted by: paniarose | Apr 20, 2010 2:48:29 AM

Do you think that attorney-client privilege would hold up in federal prosecution if a lawyer had advised a client on complying with state MJ law?

Posted by: brad | Apr 20, 2010 11:29:26 AM

As soon as Marijuana is legalized in California other States will follow. Just wish NC was one of them.

Posted by: Marine | Apr 20, 2010 2:40:12 PM

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