Episode 11: Weed Killers

States across America are decriminalizing and legalizing marijuana – both medical and recreational – at a rapidly increasing rate. Public opinion is shifting in favor of these initiatives. Doctors and legal advocates applaud the changes.

But powerful interest groups are lobbying against these efforts. We discuss the top five “weed killers” in this episode, and discuss the future of legal weed under a Trump administration whose ultimate intentions are unclear.

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SOURCES

Climate

Trump’s Defense Secretary Cites Climate Change as National Security Challenge, Andrew Revkin

Main Topic

The Top Five Special Interest Groups Lobbying To Keep Marijuana Illegal, Lee Fang

Opioid Companies Lobby Against Medical Marijuana, Allen Frances

Alcohol Industry Bankrolls Fight Against Legal Pot in Battle of the Buzz, Lee Fang

One striking chart shows why pharma companies are fighting legal marijuana, Christopher Ingraham

Who’s Really Fighting Legal Weed, Ben Cohen

Trump and his attorney general are freaking out the $7 billion pot industry, Ylan Mui

Jeff Sessions Suggests A Crackdown Isn’t Coming For Legal Weed, Matt Ferner

Is the White House Serious About Cracking Down on Weed?, Jacob Sullum

Jeff Sessions: Marijuana Is “Only Slightly Less Awful” Than Heroin, Spencer Buell

SPECIAL THANKS

INTRO: Jon Ellig

LOGO: Jake Karcher

IMAGE: By User:Jennifer Martin (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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