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Tonight, "Piers Morgan Live" brings you “Gone to Pot: America’s Marijuana Obsession,” an hour-long special on the changing perceptions of cannabis in the United States. Actor Adrian Grenier is well known for his role as Vincent Chase in Entourage; Morgan sits down with the documentary producer to discuss marijuana and his film, "How to Make Money Selling Drugs.”
“The film, ‘How to Make Money Selling Drugs,’ is really targeted to kids. Like, we want young people to see this movie,” said Grenier. “Young people are on the Internet; they see a lot. But what they don't have are adults talking to them straight, telling them how it is, so that they can make educated choices about, you know, what to do in the right circumstances and what not to do.”
The documentary, from Tribeca Films, is available on iTunes and Google Play. Tune in tonight at 9 to watch Grenier discuss drug legalization, President Barack Obama’s past drug use and the possibility of an Entourage movie.
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Prior to Adrian Grenier's spot, a CYMBALTA commercial aired. The side effects of this prescription drug is scarier to me than marijuana. I do not take any prescription drugs on principle as it is a heinous business and I want no part in it. I do not smoke pot but am I not against it either. It has been proven to actually help people – what is wrong with that???
100% agree. I weaned myself off of Cymbalta by opening up the caplets and dividing the tiny granules into small doses. It took me weeks. The dt's from that were incredible and penetrating feeling like electro-shock therapy behind the eyes.
Cannabis is my medicine now. And I can miss several days without feeling any kind of physical addiction.
Society needs to realize that the prohibition of Cannabis has NOTHING to do with safety and everything to do with money. If it were about safety, Tobacco and Alcohol would not be widely sold.
Here's a question to ponder: If scientists found that eating rose petals cured something, would growing Roses be banned and their sale made illegal?
Opinion, By Alexandra D. Datig: Don’t Know What to Think about the Drug Legalization Debate? You’re Not Alone.
By Alexandra D. Datig, Los Angeles, California – Source: http://commonsenserecovery.blogspot.com
For the last two decades there has been an increasing dialogue about whether or not marijuana and even cocaine should be legal. Some policy makers, people in recovery and treatment believe that if pot were legal, it would help those who are trying to rebuild his or her life after addiction. By loosening criminal penalties this would make it easier for offenders to get a job, a student loan and so on. Yes, these things should be made possible, but not by condoning drug use.
During my 12 years as a citizen advocate, I have been taking part in the anti-drug legalization dialogue for some time. Over the years I have learned that there are only few people who understand the struggle of recovery. Usually it is the people who have seen someone die from drug addiction or alcoholism or have been in treatment themselves. Rarely and almost never have I seen people in recovery come out in the marijuana debate. During my journey in what is seen as a highly complex discussion, I have seen policy wonks advising society to get treatment. I have seen alcohol drinkers recommend people in recovery speak out and share their experience. I have seen influential figures in recovery stay silent when some of the best opportunities for sharing his or her experience, strength and hope in recovery were before them. On one occasion, I have even seen a prevention organization whose mission it is to work with people in recovery slam the door in my face because of all things, I was a human trafficking survivor. As a woman in recovery of more than 14 years, I have also been threatened by drug legalizers and manipulated by some people who were supposed to be on my side. All this for trying to inspire recovery as recommended by the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Sure makes you wonder if all the right people, with the right level of experience are at the forefront making the right arguments for our citizens. Thankfully, I am proud to be working with some of those who understand their work.
But that should leave us all to wonder, who are the good guys anyway? Who are the bad guys? If you’re arguing in favor of drug use, you’re arguing for an increase in crime and the building of more prisons which is the last thing we need. This has been a proven fact and while they should, none of the legalization experts will argue about this being a major sticking point of the legalization debate.
If you’re advocating prevention and educating communities not to meddle with drugs in the first place, then you’re definitely one of the good guys. If you’re providing training to aid and curb the staggering recidivism rate with effective re-entry programs, then you are not only a good guy, but you may be on to something.
According to the Bureau of Prisons, the recidivism rate for offenders on probation is 66%. That means after three years, people who leave prison are sent back to prison usually due to a parole violation over a technical offense or a crime violating parole. The Los Angeles Times, recently reported that California's state prisons are at 151% capacity! Truth in Sentencing laws mandate criminals serve out more of their full sentence and are not let out early due to good behavior. Therefore, more offenders are crowding America’s prisons, some of which are old and run down and barely inhabitable. The U.S. Department of Justice reports “there is extensive evidence of the strong relationship between drug use and crime,” noting that drug users report more involvement in crime, people with criminal records are more likely than those without criminal records to report being drug users, and crime rises as drug use increases. But this does not mean that a criminal record causes drug addiction. Those of us who have been in recovery for a long time know it is the other way around. Drug use causes high risk behavior that can result in crime causing a criminal record.
It is time the value of those in recovery is seen as an effective tool to aid the social perception of what causes crime and dangerous behavior. A wealth of information lies within those who understand how to put his or her life back together after addiction and all that comes with it. Yes, I know it is not a pretty argument but it is a whole lot better than thinking legal drugs will solve all our problems when in fact it will make them WORSE. In my experience it is not whether something is legal or illegal. Chances of succeeding and feeling great about life are far greater if drugs and alcohol are not part of it.
I'll be honest- a black market can and will exist regardless of how lenient regulation is. That being said, a total ban on a commodity gives incentives to criminals whereas even a crapsack system (like tobacco sin taxes) will curb drug smuggling because it is still available to the public. Prohibition is interesting because on the surface it seems to be the most logical thing in the world. The theory goes: if you restrict the supply to the populace, a potential drug addict would never use the substance in the first place.
In the real world however, people will still find a way to meet that supply, so the government also needs to curb down demand. They do this by being tough on crime. As far as actual addicts are concerned, treatment needs to be available but not at the expense of responsible drug users, who make up the majority of users I might add.
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