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MSNBC’s Dr. Nancy: “Should Marijuana Be Legalized?” | The NORML Stash Blog

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29 responses to “MSNBC’s Dr. Nancy: “Should Marijuana Be Legalized?””

  1. Nathan4Reeform

    If only we could get “The Emperor Wears No Clothes” on some kind of mandatory reading list in High School…or college if we’re worried about the children. With a bit of education nobody can refute the wonders of the weed. Problem is the government has a lock on the education of the nation. I guess that’s where we come in.

  2. ray

    I thought dr.Nancy was gonna have an orgasm over McCaffery….pretty sure she was wet.

  3. WillSan

    Maybe you should Russ! You could do well editing a book with Dr. Mitch, Paul, and other experts with a chapter. The book should be called something like “How to win the Debate on Cannabis”

  4. fallibilist

    MSNBC runs a biased, rigged, unintelligent discussion on medical cannabis and Russ disses Fox. That’s a classic.

    Meanwhile, one of our nation’s best anti-prohibition activists, libertarian writer Radley Balko, has a regular column at FoxNews.com.

    (Here’s his FoxNews column entitled “Casualties of a Corrupt Drug War.)

    Russ, please remember that not everyone who opposes the Drug War is on The Left.

  5. TLC

    Just curious cause I was born in 1960 and grew up in a college town so weed was free and everywhere (as in you would run into a teacher at a party…weird). A lot of people used water bongs back then. Does anyone know if that was to just lower harshness or if it was considered to make smoking safer, like vaporization, and did it.
    Oh…and exactly when did it become highly addictive :idk:

  6. sensemilla

    We need a super-smart(-ass) pro-pot pundit who can snap-back with these whipcrack responses that Russ idenitified and could pull off the closing argument:

    “… and now a word from our sponsors, Viagrialis. Which will give you more wood than William Randolph Hearst!”

  7. sensemilla

    Yes sir, I was yelling all those things. You have taught me well.


  8. sensemilla

    Now Russ, don’t forget “real” medicine comes in precise dosages and with safety controls because that stuff is DANGEROUS!

  9. John Thomas

    Whoops. It was MSNBC. It just sounded a lot like CNN. I wonder what Keith Olbermann thinks about this?

  10. John Thomas

    The segment is called, “Should marijuana be legalized? – with a set up discussing California’s discussion of legalizing marijuana for ALL use. Then, it turns out it’s really an attack on medical marijuana. Then, the deck is stacked against the one person who is defending medical marijuana. And the moderation looked like something out of Monty Python. EVERY time Dr. Carter began to mention “vaporization…..’, he was cut off.

    CNN makes a great case for revolution. No wonder Jane divorced Ted.

  11. Kristian Heller

    Amazing. Vaporizers! I saw a doctor today because of asthma/allergies and I asked about the effect of vaporizing tobacco (I won’t say I’m MMJ patient or they might never help me) relating to small particulates causing inflammation (to make breathing difficult, possible COPD stuff; 23 is too young for COPD, good) and he answered…

    “What’s a vaporizer?”

  12. Drew

    UGH..that was painful. I’m seeing the smoke as being the final argument against, I wish someone would bring a vaporizer on to the set, or some documentation. Bring a brownie or muffin as a visual aid… The opposition acts like they don’t even hear edibles or vaporizers. Their minds are so set against it… you know they have to argue every point because this is their big shot to be on TV… Also, it’s hard for an older generation to comprehend organically growing your own medicine or intoxicant, vaporizing or cooking it and thats that. They are so used to the old world where they needed a man in a lab coat to give them their medicine, so they can just quickly take the shortcut to relief by swallowing a pill… they cant comprehend the amount of work and nurturing it takes to grow cannabis, or how cheap it should be. Again that was PAINFUL.

  13. WakeUpDead

    I really wonder if these guys even beleive the crap they are selling? or Are they just sheep in the big scam of prohibition?

    Oh and why didnt they respond to the new delivery system “Vaporizing”, they have no defence on that one yet, however if the FDA makes a synthetic version, that people can die from, then its OK?

    Im SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO sick of this!!!!

  14. Chad

    Could have been worse. I felt sorry for the Ron Burgandy lookalike. It seems like the only way to lose a debate on marijuana is to not be given a chance to talk. Or by making dumb statements like “it’s a plant how can that be bad?” but usually the people that get interviewed are smarter than that.

  15. SilentBob420

    Actually, yes! They all act like smoking is the only way to use cannabis. It’s the same ol same ol with the prohibitionists. I don’t even listen to what Barry McCaffrey has to say anymore because I know it’s going to be the same lies every time.

  16. Tsin

    a few things:

    1 I agree that vaporizing is better, but smoking marijuana is not as dangerous as smoking natural unadulterated tobacco (which we don’t sell in gas stations) – but it’s MY body!!!!

    2 all these prohibitionists say “legalization just won’t work… look at all the problem we already have.” but they fail to point out that this WASN’T a problem until prohibition.

    3 did McCaffery really say we should spend 200-400 million dollars to re-create marijuana (patents pending of course); and “… physicians should be unlimited in the use of appropriate pharmaceutical compounds…” (that is until the criminalization of that compound)

    The worst thing is that these anti-marijuana ‘experts’ can’t even agree on the same language anymore. They don’t even try to stay current with anti-marijuana propaganda. They interchange ‘facts’ as they please and it’s sick, facts are not ad lib.

    Ok, rant over ;)

  17. J.W.

    Is she kidding!? EVERYBODY who consumes cannibis, benefits from it…as well as all those one interacts with during and after consumption.
    And those same tired old arguments for prohibition, never anything new, never anything creative, just the power of raw lies and a gullible audience. We’ll see how much longer such a weak dam can hold up against a tidal wave of reality.

  18. ray

    Isn’t McCaffery now SELLING WAR WEAPONS around the world?

  19. Urb Age

    pretty funny stuff here, thanks for posting!!!!

  20. sameoldwine

    Dr Nancy obviously has not read the data from the LA study on cannabis smoke & lung cancer. Somebody get her a copy, stat!

  21. sameoldwine

    As a “baby boomer” I can vouch for the good pot. They just didn’t know how to grow it well for a few years.

    I watched it until Gen.Barry opened his prohibitionist mouth. :lalala:

  22. moldy

    Same old slanted story where idots get to say whatever they want. Why do they always get away with their lies? Oh yeah, there must have been a Viagra add coming up during the break.

  23. Dohlink

    She needs to be a lot better informed about Cannabis if she is going to have an hour medical show these days. It was a horrible format with 3 people who had only brief moments to speak. It takes a long time to right the misinformation, especially when 2 of the talking heads are ignorant. She and Rachel need to go to class.

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