Coming up this evening at 9, "Piers Morgan Live" revisits the ongoing discussion about marijuana laws. Twenty states have legalized marijuana, with two doing so for recreational purposes. Even Dr. Sanjay Gupta has changed his stance on the drug, the reasons for which he shares in his CNN special documentary "Weed." However, for every person pushing for the legalization of marijuana, there is another condemning it.
As part of an hour-long special on the United States' changing perceptions of cannabis, this evening Piers Morgan invites Neil Franklin and David Evans to present their individual insights and perspectives.
A retired state police major and current executive director of LEAP, Franklin has witnessed the drug battle first hand:
“It's a nightmare for law enforcement," he says as part of his interview on “Gone to Pot: America’s Marijuana Obsession.” "We have thousands of murders across this country every single year. We talk about the numbers of murders that we have in Mexico, but nobody is talking about the murders we have in this country."
Rather than perpetuate a violent cycle, Franklin suggests America legalize a drug that is currently classified as a schedule 1 substance, placing it in the same class as drugs like heroin and LSD.
In response, meanwhile, Evans calls the legalization of marijuana “a very naïve approach.”
“It's not just about legalizing it so you can have a joint at home in the privacy of your home,” explains Evans, a special adviser to the Drug Free America Foundation. "It will be a big industry and they're going to focus on the young people, just like alcohol and tobacco focuses on young people because if they get them hooked, they will have customers the rest of their lives.”
In it is a polarizing debate, and one that continues to energize the nation, regardless of which side of the issue and individual comes down on.
For the full interview with Franklin and Evans, and the entire "Gone to Pot" special, tune to CNN this evening at 9.
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