NPR: What if Marijuana Were Legal - more prohibitionist rhetoric
They were promoting it all day long. Since April 20th, or 4/20 has become somewhat of an unofficial holiday for pot smokers around the country, National Public Radio's All Things Considered announced they would acknowledge this day by taking a look at the issue of cannabis legalization with a program called What if Pot Were Legal?
If anyone had hoped, as I did, that NPR was going to launch into a serious investigation of the pros and cons of cannabis legalization, we have been collectively disappointed. Instead of a discussion with vetted experts from both sides of the issue, NPR offered a "fake" news broadcast produced by John Burnett, promoted as a investigative report on the effects of legalization.
At least Burnett admitted his bias in saying that he hoped his story would engender skepticism about legalization. Sad to say, NPR went far astray in not presenting both sides of this issue with the same sort of balance that they use in addressing every other subject under the sun.
With 800,000 arrests in the US each year for possession alone, with college students losing their school funding after being caught smoking a joint, with medical cannabis patients losing their children to child-protective services because of their doctor recommended choice of medicine, with property and money being seized in drug busts with virtually no oversight due to forfeiture laws, with our prisons-for-profit overflowing with non-violent drug offenders, this is an issue that deserves to be addressed with fairness, balance and a strong commitment to truth.
NPR blew it.