This is a Podcast that I found on YouTube called Getting Doug with High, made by a pro-marijuana advocate/comedian named Doug Benson. There are many different episodes already made, with a new weekly Podcast every Wednesday at 4:20 PM... go figure. On this Podcast, Benson interviews different comedians for forty five minutes while they sit around and smoke pot. It is very funny, that is, if you get into that kind of humor.
Ok, let's get to the point. There has obviously been a changing attitude towards marijuana use in the United States in the last ten years as we have seen with the medicinal marijuana laws, and most recently with the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in both Colorado and Washington. But why the extreme shift and changing attitude about the drug/plant? I think that social media has a great deal to do with it. First of all the grass roots movements like NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) and SAFER (Safer Alternative For Enjoyable Recreation), have taken up shop with all the different social networking sites and used them as a base for informing people about the truth with marijuana laws and use. But it hasn't stopped there. There are posts all over different sites from the average everyday Joe that discredit the federal government's demonization of marijuana. I think that this has really opened the eyes of many Americans to the realities of the war on drugs, and how one sided and flawed it truly is, especially in the case of marijuana. This is a good example of how new media can present the truth in the form of direct democracy.