“60 Minutes” on medical marijuana

October 21, 2012, 8:40 pm

The 60 Minutes piece on medical marijuana that aired tonight doesn’t contain much that is new, but is worth watching. It emphasizes the conflict between the laws of some states and federal statutes that still consider THC a controlled substance.

In additional footage from 60 Minutes Overtime, Steve Kroft talks to Tripp Keber, managing partner of Dixie Elixirs & Edibles, a Denver firm that makes infused non-smoking cannabis products: soft drinks, ice cream, peanut butter sandwiches, baked goods, tinctures, sublingual preparations:

Keber predicts that by the year 2016, legal cannabis will make up a $9 billion a year business. Just as prohibition ended in large part because the U.S. government realized it needed revenue from taxing alcohol to survive the depression, the question of whether or not cannabis will ultimately remain a controlled substance may come down to budgetary issues.



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