"The Fight over Medical Marijuana" - pretty good video from the New York Times, of all places
The NYT (New York Times), does some decent journalism, but is basically a mouthpiece of the neolib empire - and you have to know that, as you study the journalism that gets done there.
So it's interesting to see a big editorial on the injustice of Obama's personal war on medical marijuana states, with a (non-embeddable, those DRM-lovers) video that is actually pretty good. A short video, easy and fun to watch, I guarantee you it's worth the click.
If the NYT does a serious piece, with a movie, asking if the federal persecution of medical marijuana states makes sense - perhaps a new day is finally dawning. We shall see.
And federal drug laws are unjustifiably extreme. Consider the case of Chris Williams, the subject of this Op-Doc video, who opened a marijuana grow house in Montana after the state legalized medical cannabis. Mr. Williams was eventually arrested by federal agents despite Montana’s medical marijuana law, and he may spend the rest of his life behind bars. While Jerry Sandusky got a 30-year minimum sentence for raping young boys, Mr. Williams is looking at a mandatory minimum of more than 80 years for marijuana charges and for possessing firearms during a drug-trafficking offense.
This outcome is sad, of course — Mr. Williams will not be free to raise his teenage son — but it is also morally repugnant. Even if you think that the benefits of legalized medical marijuana do not outweigh the costs — a crucial debate, but one we can table for the moment — a coherent system of justice must explain why one defendant is punished more harshly than the next. It must explain why a farmer who grows marijuana in compliance with state law should be punished much more harshly than some pedophiles and killers. If w