Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Review: PBS Frontline's 'The Pot Republic'

By David Downs
Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 9:34 AM


On national television last night, PBS Frontline's "The Pot Republic" took a rather sober, adult look at the juxtaposition between federal marijuana eradication efforts in Mendocino County and local medical marijuana growing regulations there. Of special interest, CIR reporter Michael Montgomery scored a candid interview with former Oakland City Attorney John Russo, who said federal authorities twice personally threatened him and the city over its plan to license and tax industrial grows. Those plans are shelved.

Will the federal government shut down California's medical marijuana economy, as Frontline intones? What are the prospects for legalization in 2012? There's a lot to unpack in the 25-minute video news feature, and I will begin to in a live, online web chat with Montgomery, Mendocino grower Matt Cohen, estranged WeGrow partner Derek Peterson, and Bill Ruzzamenti, director of California's Central Valley High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, today on pbs.org at 2:30 p.m. ET, 11:30 a.m. PST. The public can ask questions, and so will Reddit, while we moderate. Leave any you want asked in the comments, too.

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