1. The potency was definitely higher than 10% long before Colorado legalized it. I remember seeing high times testing potency at around 20% back in the early 2000's. I have a close friend with a strain of Hash plant that has been maintained by clone for 25 years that he had tested at 19%. I'm also positive no one I know who has ever been a real pot smoker has ever referred to it as dope which this douche has done in other interviews. I bet this clown has never touched it. Also the reason that most dispensaries are opened in low income neighborhoods is due to the fact that those are the areas that need tax revenue. Wealthy and or conservative towns opt to not have recreational dispensaries because they don't need the taxes. I'm no expert but this guy is just cashing in on all the money to be made from prevention. If no one else is out there doing anti-cannabis speeches this guy has no competition for getting hired to speak about it. He's a shill for big pharma. Lets just keep the opiate epidemic going full speed ahead!

  2. Not a big fan of this guy, but what he is saying about the recreational cannabis industry in Colorado has a lot of valid points. I have lived in Colorado since before legalization, and it is really disappointing to see what is happening. Many of the small shops have been bought and pushed out by large corporate chains with garbage quality cannabis and many of the owners of these large marijuana corporations are coke heads and other people who don't even use cannabis, but who simply see it as a new market. I personally have friends who have worked in grows and I have personally seen photos of some of the things that go on in marijuana grows and it is filthy and disturbing. If you enjoy smoking pesticide laced cannabis with a horrible cannabinoid profile go for it. But I prefer to support my local growers and grow myself when I can

  3. Purdue Pharma story here .. Of course the same is happening cannabis.(tho not an addictive drug for many) Beat it by growing your own and/or supporting your local home grower!!!!!! answer is very simple here.

  4. This talk is not well thought out. The high content of THC is the result of hybridization- not the pesticides or fertilizers. If you are criticizing the product as being “unnatural” than I think you should quit eating any food-plant or animal-produced by agriculture(all selectively hybridized for desired traits).
    Also, the money is not only made on THC. CBD is a booming market. And THC also has medicinal benefits. Please do more research before you spread poorly thought out information.

  5. really after recreational legalization, I cant find CBD without significant thc in my area since all the medical placed closed down. I would have to order it online and the price has skyrocketed. the best ratio I was able to find was 60/40 thc/cbd… I don't like being high, I just wanted the cbd for medicine. legalization has made that a bit more difficult

  6. Last point, this guys speech is a blatant attempt at getting around cannabis legalization by saying "We're not prohibiting cannabis. We're prohibiting THC!" Slithering tactics. Ben, we voted on it & we, the people have spoken. And don't think we aren't watching for ur next tactic: potency caps. Ugh! Just ugh. I thought you were better than this TedX.

  7. I have to agree with many of the comments. I wanted to add that (as has been noted by others) the idea that CBD is medicine and THC is "high for fun" is wrong. As an MS patient I've read more than one article talking about what THC can do for my central nervous system.

  8. This guy made 4 blatantly incorrect statements.
    I was so hyped to see a unbiased and on point coverage of cannabis, but straight off the bat he make the ever popular statement, CBD is the only medicinal aspect of cannabis. Then the half of a percent nonsense that's been demolished over a decade ago(he really sounds like a puppet minded theist trying to argue that faith is fact)
    I wonder if he's considered human evolution and the correlation it has with the world around us?
    The pitfalls of cannabis will never be taken seriously as long as uneducated puppets like this keep getting platforms to spread their misinformation.
    His points on capitalism are definitely relevant, but his far left NPC talking points are vastly outdated and the fact that he's too closed in to notice really sets the stage for corrupt capitalism.

  9. When the guy said you could take a bath in cbd w/o getting high at all…guy doesn't actually know what he's talking about. Also he is right he talks like a preacher. Doesn't go over well with this subject matter.

  10. And it's on the official TED channel, what a shame! First of all, THC is the most medicinal part of hemp and no matter how much medicinal CBD is, today it's used to cloud the fact that THC cures cancer and has different magnificent features (watch RUN FROM THE CURE and there are hundreds if not thousands of articles on pubmed supporting claims made in that documentary) and he also lies about hemp having less than half percent of THC before 70s, because even technical cannabis has more of it and you cannot get high by smoking it. And I've been only 3 minutes through, so I only can imagine what pile of lies has he stuck there in the other twelve minutes.

  11. I’m not saying he’s not stating all the facts here and I’m not entirely surprised to hear the statistics but a robust claim of a 58% increase in African Americans being charged with weed crimes should really come with citations. It’s late now but I will definitely look into how these studies were performed first thing tomorrow. Really curious about the validity of such info, if it’s true…it’s absolutely crazy.

  12. Regardless of how true his facts were, he got what he wanted. To start a discussion about cannabis placement in society and the social impacts of commercialization, while polarizing medical vs recreational use.

  13. Yeah, I used to love weed. Now it's too potent to the point where it isn't even enjoyable. I used to be able to roll a joint (a thing of the past for sure) smoke the whole thing, enjoy the flavor, then get on with my day while being fully functional and feeling better than I would otherwise.
    Now, one hit from whatever type of alien looking apparatus people are using now and it's a full blown acid trip. I don't smoke weed anymore. It was enough to make me quit. Even when mixed with other herbs to dilute it, it doesn't feel the same at all. It feels more like I've poisoned myself.

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