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Media, Stop Giggling! Marijuana Law Reform Is A Serious Issue


marijuana legalizationWhen Will Mainstream Media Treat Marijuana Like The REAL Political Issue It Is?

Mason Tvert, co-director of the campaign that legalized marijuana in Colorado, appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher for the opening one-on-one discussion with the host.  Bill Maher essentially guaranteed campaign funding for marijuana legalization in 2014 in California if Mason would move there and direct the campaign.  Visit THE Weed Blog article here to watch the whole clip.

In the Overtime segment that airs only on HBO.com, Mason takes one of the questions from the internet that asks, “Do you have a timeline in mind for winning national legalization and regulation of marijuana?” (around 9:11)

Mason points to Colorado as the great example, as the state repealed alcohol prohibition prior to the federal government’s repeal. He explained how the states decided if the federal government wasn’t serious about enforcing the law, why should they put their time and resources into it?

“We need to stop talking about it as if it is funny,” said Andrew Sullivan, editor at The Daily Beast. “The right to save your own life is not that funny. The right to do with your own body as you please is not a subject of humor. It is a serious issue.”

Samuel L. Jackson wonders if we’d have put the resources into the War on Poverty as we had the War on Drugs and Sullivan runs with it. “The criminalization of marijuana is essentially a war against black men in urban cities in a horribly racist way. It’s a serious matter!”

Add this to the excellent point Jon Stewart made on The Daily Show about news media deriding the legalization issue. The days of President Obama laughing off the marijuana issue are over – winning changes everything.

Republished with the special permission of the National Cannabis Coalition


About Author

Executive Director: Russ Belville has been active in Oregon marijuana reform since 2005, when he was elected second-in-command of the state affiliate, Oregon NORML. After four years with Oregon NORML, Russ was hired by National NORML in 2009, working as Outreach Coordinator and hosting the NORML Daily Audio Stash podcast until 2012. Since then, Russ launched the 420RADIO marijuana legalization network and is the host of The Russ Belville Show, a live daily marijuana news talk radio program. Russ is also a prolific writer, with over 300 articles posted online and in print in HIGH TIMES, Huffington Post, Alternet, The Weed Blog, Marijuana Politics, and more.


  1. It is my opinion that the Democrats are setting up to use legalization and med pot as election issues to use against the Republicans in 2014 and 2016.


    And I’m a Republican (libertarian faction). I say make the Rs hurt. Bad.

  2. What I don’t get is how anti-gay laws get passed by Christians, but they can’t even try to get marijuana for religious use even though ‘hash oil’ was the anointing oil used in the bible by Jesus himself.

  3. I predict that if we build a coalition from every walk of life, we will heal the nation, and legalize it.

    If you don’t know what dark matter is, google it, and overcome your prejudice of a darker word.

  4. They are losing control on how people think and say.. Now that more and more people are waking up to the fraud that is the MSM and there constant lies on just about everything.. Look at there ratings now.. No one believes there fear porn BS anymore..

  5. They never will. Main Stream Media has taken over. They control the out come of Elections. They control the way the Sheeple think, act and say. They will never allow another Republican to get elected to the Presidency again.

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