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On Friday evening Morgan Spurlock joined Piers Morgan for a primetime interview that came just days before the premiere of his new show "Inside Man," which airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET. In the premiere episode, Spurlock offered his trademark inside look at the medical marijuana industry, as the documentarian found work at a dispensary in California:
"I think the preconceived view for me when I went to this place is that it was going to be, you know, a little sleazy," Spurlock explained. But "what you start to see, first off, the clinic is run like any typical health clinic would be. I mean, it's beautiful inside. It looks better than a lot of health clinics I've been to."
After spending time working behind the counter Spurlock realized the majority of people who came in had real health problems. He also found that obtaining a license to purchase medical marijuana was surprising simple:
"It's pretty simple," he detailed. "It's not like you have to have a tremendous amount of proof of an illness. Like I went in and talked about how stressed I was with my job. You know how it is, Piers, you get stressed at work all the time... I just talked about my stress and walked out with a card."
Concluding his assessment, Spurlock noted the positive impact his dispensary had on its patients, and surmised that others like it could prove beneficial for the rest of America.
Although America’s perception of marijuana and its recreational and medicinal use has drastically changed since the 1960s, it remains a heated and divisive topic. In Friday's “Piers Morgan Live” special “Gone to Pot: America’s Marijuana Obsession,” Neill Franklin went head-to-head with David Evans:
“Let's reduce and end the violence we have in our communities - stop filling up the jails; our jails are not institutions of higher learning,” said Franklin, the executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP). “These folks go to prison, come back out into the community, can't get jobs, but the drug trade will hire them back into a violent cycle again.”
“Legalizing drugs is a very naive approach,” countered Evans, the executive director of Drug Free School Coalition. “It's not just about legalizing it so you can have a joint at home in the privacy of your home.”
Evans predicts, should drugs be legalized, “a big industry” will be created that will “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.”