You know the debate over marijuana regulation is full mainstream when it hits innocuous daytime television.
On an episode of the syndicated midday TV staple “The Doctors,” Jesse Ventura, former Navy SEAL, Minnesota governor and professional wrestler, emphatically endorsed legalization.
The longtime advocate for the plant was on the program promoting his book “Jesse Ventura’s Marijuana Manifesto.” During the airing of the show, shared how his wife was suffering from epileptic seizures up to three times a day. After unsuccessfully trying numerous medications over the years, his wife began treating her seizures with medical marijuana.
Her seizures stopped, Ventura said, and his wife is no longer taking pharmaceutical medications for her condition.
“My life was given back to me,” he said. “I don’t want anyone else out there suffering, that doesn’t have to suffer.”
In his book, Ventura calls for an end to the War on Drugs.
“Just because something is illegal, that doesn’t mean it goes away, it just means that criminals run it,” he says.
Marijuana legalization opponent Kevin Sabet, executive director of Project SAM, was also on the program, making the argument that cannabis regulation is akin to “Big Tobacco.”
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