Federalism is one of the most important and innovative concepts in the U.S. Constitution, although the word never appears there. Federalism is the sharing of power between national and state governments. In America, the states existed first, and they struggled to create a national government. The U.S. Constitution is hardwired with the tensions of that struggle, and Americans still debate the proper role of the national government versus the states. Chief Justice John Marshall, the longest-serving leader of the Supreme Court, noted that this question “is perpetually arising, and will probably continue to arise, as long as our system shall exist.”
Many medical marijuana patients consume medicine produced from cannabis plants that have been grown indoors. Decades of prohibition meant growers were forced to cultivate cannabis in the shadows—hiding their plants under the cover of trees or inside their homes, utilizing techniques and equipment to replicate the power of the sun. But as the War on Drugs dissipates, another problem presents itself: the widespread production of indoor medical cannabis is an ecological disaster. Is it time for medical marijuana farmers to take cannabis cultivation back outside to reduce its carbon footprint? And how will that affect quality, potency and cost of the medical cannabis supply?
Watch this animated video featuring Steve DeAngelo, founder of Harborside Health Center, as he explains the evolution of sun-grown cannabis and how it’s making a welcome comeback with improved quality, less environmental impact and lower cost...
Steve DeAngelo closes the case for the Opposition, as the sixth speaker of six in the debate.
Activist, Steve DeAngelo, gets political with Dr. Greenthumb on this edition of the Smokebox.