In “The War on Weed,” Christof Putzel travels coast to coast to investigate the bizarre range of marijuana laws and enforcement in America. In California, legalized medical marijuana has led to something of a free for all and the Feds are cracking down. In Colorado, medical marijuana is protected by the state constitution and millionaire entrepreneurs have set up shop. In New York City, African-American men are arrested by the tens of thousands for low-level pot possession.
Correspondent Christof Putzel watches Legal Aid lawyers assist young men arrested for carrying very tiny amounts of marijuana during “stop and frisk” searches by the NYPD. watch video
Correspondent Christof Putzel hits the streets of New York City with NYC Resistance, an underground videographer who films some of the 600,000 “stop and frisk” searches performed by the NYPD each year. watch video
Christof looks at how America’s two biggest cities are taking a very different approach to weed. watch video
“The War on Weed” explores the schizophrenic marijuana laws in the United States. Under federal law, marijuana remains illegal everywhere in the U.S. However, 16 states have legalized it for medical use, choosing to ignore federal law. read post