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The Legalization of Cannabis: Separating Fact from Fiction

Summary: Learn the other side of the legalization of marijuana, and separate fact from fiction.
Air Date: 2/20/14
Duration: 10
Host: Dr. David Friedman and Melanie Cole. MS
Guest Bio: Taylor West
taylor westTaylor West is Deputy Director of the National Cannabis Industry Association. She has spent more than a decade in communications and leadership positions in the political, policy, nonprofit, and business arenas. Taylor came to Denver after four years in Washington, D.C., where she worked first as a strategist for a variety of policy and regulatory reform efforts, and then as communications director for National Journal, a highly respected national media organization. She is also a veteran of several high-profile political campaigns and has appeared as a commentator on MSNBC, Fox News, and CNBC. Taylor first became involved in drug policy reform 15 years ago with an internship at DRCNet, now known as
The Legalization of Cannabis: Separating Fact from Fiction
Crops are popping up everywhere and the legalization of recreational and medicinal marijuana is covered almost daily in the media.

You hear stories from both sides. For instance, those who support it declare the health benefits, such as how cannabis reduces suicide. Alternately, politically opposing parties are rushing to Obama to put a stop to other states jumping on the cannabis entrepreneurial band wagon... despite those fact-based health benefits.

On the official National Cannabis Industry website,, you'll find the following mission: "To promote the growth of a responsible and legitimate cannabis industry and work for a favorable social, economic and legal environment for that industry in the United States."

Join Taylor West, Deputy Director of the National Cannabis Industry Association, as she sheds light on what the Association does to support the legalization of cannabis and why a lot of what is being covered in the media may not be the true facts.