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March 30th, 2012
05:09 PM ET

Medical marijuana in Washington

CNN's Lisa Sylvester reports on pot growing legally in the nation's capital.


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  1. Russ Eppen

    According to your own Fareed Zakaria, in the past two decades, the money that states spend on prisons has risen at six times the rate of spending on higher education. In 2011, California spent $9.6 billion on prisons, versus $5.7 billion on higher education. Since 1980, California has built one college campus; it's built 21 prisons. The state spends $8,667 per student per year. It spends about $50,000 per inmate per year.

    Why is this happening? Prisons are a big business. Most are privately run. They have powerful lobbyists and they have bought most state politicians. Meanwhile, we are bankrupting out states and creating a vast underclass of prisoners who will never be equipped for productive lives.

    Russ Eppen The incarceration of only ONE of our citizens for one year could pay for FOUR YEARS of college for one student...so which is our country's highest priority? At the present time, it is putting people in prison for using drubs, rather then educating our citizens! This is ludicrous!

    April 2, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
  2. Oliver El Paso, TX

    Can it grow in Texas?

    March 31, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
  3. Jim Thomas

    Why is it allowed in D.C. but nowhere else?Are the feds to stupid to look under their nose?Oh, I forgot,obama lives there.Jim Thomas Phx,Az.

    March 30, 2012 at 8:40 pm |
  4. Max Brooks

    About time. Latest Gallup poll shows about 75% of the US supports medical marijuana.

    Over thirty states have marijuana reform legislation in 2012 so make sure to contact your elected officials and tell them how you feel.

    March 30, 2012 at 8:04 pm |
  5. Aldo Martinez

    Great, maybe now something will get done :) Oh by the way bring back earmarks too – turns out not that much too pay for some collegiality

    March 30, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
  6. Max Brooks

    There are over thirty states with 2012 legislation for medical marijuana. If you live in one of those states and you support medical marijuana, make sure you contact your elected representatives and let them know how you feel. Websites like mpp dot org can take your zip code and give you the contact info for the representatives in your particular district. (It can also send a premade email, or you can send a custom email if you prefer.)

    If you look at Gallup polls, the majority of the United States supports marijuana being completely legalized and treated like alcohol. About 75% supports medical marijuana. I wouldn't be surprised if President Obama and the republican candidate use marijuana reform as one of their main campaign points because whichever one supports it will most likely be the one who gets elected.

    March 30, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
  7. Mike Cornett

    Well, nothing new here. George Washington grew pot at Mount Vernon. And he wasn't alone. Adams and Jeffers were also "Gardeners".

    March 30, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • Max Brooks

      Yup, by our current laws, some of our countries most historic figures would be felons.

      March 30, 2012 at 6:07 pm |

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