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Weed whacking

In this Oct. 16, 2013, file photo, an ATM sits next to a rack of marijuana clone plants that are used to grow medical marijuana at The Joint, a medical marijuana dispensary in Seattle. A new study by the Rand Corp. suggests the market for marijuana in Washington state could be more than twice what state officials estimated last year, before voters approved Initiative 502 to set up a regulated system of recreational marijuana sales to adults. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

If ever I were tempted to experimentally try "devil weed" to see what kind of "reefer madness" it might produce, I'm certainly discouraged now that i've heard that cable news personality Nancy Grace is absolutely opposed to it.

I'd never want to disappoint Newshound Nancy, for whom Grace is an ironic name. After all, if I did use any hallucinogenic substance, I'm afraid Nancy Grace might be the subject of my psychotic nightmare.

With 20 states now involved with the distribution of medical marijuana, and more -- including Arizona -- lining up to get on board the Colorado and Washington psychedelic bandwagon that allows recreational use of pot, must we continue the bankrupting and de-humanizing hypocrisy I call "Prohiition II"?

And, wasn't "Prohibition I" a big success?

And right now if you are among those opposed to any relaxation of the current laws that categorize it to be the same as heroin, well, you are now in a minority. Up to 58 percent of Americans think marijuana should be legal.

Perhaps because they've never heard of a bar fight started by a pothead.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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