National Marijuana News Features an Exclusive Interview with Michael Kennedy
October 14th, 2014
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Starting today, a special edition of The National Marijuana News is available at www.TNMNews.com. This episode features former Howard Stern Show writer/personality and current TNMNews East Coast Correspondent Jackie Martling’s interview with High Times Magazine cofounder and general counsel Michael Kennedy. The show will also be available at Live365.com.
Regarded as a publication for the voice of the counterculture, High Times Magazine is celebrating its 40-year anniversary this week. Just in time for the anniversary, Kennedy gave a rare interview in which he reflected upon the history of the magazine and its effect on cannabis legalization.
It began the day founder Tom Forcade approached Kennedy with the idea for a magazine devoted to helping Americans grow cannabis. Four decades later, High Times has been instrumental in both uniting the counterculture movement and making it easier to grow cannabis, making it difficult to continue prohibition. Today, the balance has shifted and the disruptive ideas of the counterculture are now mainstream beliefs. Kennedy believes future generations will question why Americans tolerated 70 years of cannabis prohibition.
High Times is now looking toward the future, with Kennedy and the publication recently launching the High Times Growth Fund, which makes private equity investments in the marijuana business. With entrepreneurs moving into the cannabis industry with unique business plans, Kennedy is confident in the venture’s future success.
In the exclusive interview, Kennedy also points out that today’s “really bad drugs” are those that have been heavily regulated by the government, such as prescription drugs, tobacco, and alcohol. He claims that tobacco has killed more people than Hitler and Stalin combined, while alcohol has caused more traffic accidents, destroyed more families, and ruined more lives than any other substance conceivable.
Kennedy also discusses the economics of cannabis, noting that legalization is not only creating enormous tax revenues, but is also freeing up huge sums of money to fuel what he calls “the unsustainable, socially-destructive war on drugs.”
“Instead of costing us $30 billion a year, we’re going to be saving $30 billion a year,” said Kennedy, who believes federal law legalizing cannabis will probably be enacted sometime during the next presidential administration.
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