Watch This: John Oliver Breaks Down the Problem With Federal vs. State Cannabis Laws
Rebecca KelleyMay 28, 2017
For this week’s “Watch This,” catch up on John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight
segment from April 2017, which focuses on cannabis (or, as he refers to it, “basically catnip for people”). In a condensed under-17 minute segment, he navigates through marijuana’s original ban that arose from racial stereotypes, Nixon’s disdain for the substance (and, bizarrely, for Jewish people), how federal law clashes with state laws, and the restrictions behind researching its benefits or effects, all while freaking the eff out of any stoned viewers named Greg.
If you’re unfamiliar with the struggles legal cannabis businesses face from a banking and taxation standpoint, or the horrible consequences that can befall legal medical marijuana patients (getting fired from their jobs, having their children taken away, problems accessing their medicine), this segment offers a fantastic summary that will have you laughing between bouts of outrage (especially you, Greg).