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HealthI travel the U.S. reporting on the way weed laws affect people's lives for my show WEEDIQUETTE on VICELAND - AMA

May 17th 2017 by KrishnaAndavolu • 14 Questions • 118 Points

My show has covered everything from stoned driving to parents treating their autistic kids with marijuana. Tonight we're talking about people growing up in high crime cities like Compton using weed to treat undiagnosed PTSD on VICELAND at 10p.

The show is about how marijuana culture and mainstream culture are now intersecting as it becomes legal in more states. Here to answer any questions about weed legalization, cannabis-based medical research, and Jeff Sessions.

You can watch the show here if you want to dig in and see what we've done so far: https://www.viceland.com/en_us/show/weediquette-id

Proof: https://twitter.com/kandavolu/status/864605876312846336

Q:

Will your show cover some of the dumb non-helpful east coast medical cannabis laws? New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York come to mind. There are tons of pointless restrictions in both. Seems like they're designed to fail. Potency caps, no flower laws, priced higher than the black market, limited locations, etc. etc.

A:

We did some PA stuff, on safe harbor. We're story and people based, so if there's a story where a law like that really affects someone's life. I'm always interested in hearing them. On the other hand, I can understand why squeamish lawmakers take half-measures.


Q:

Marijuana and social media:

Does certain regulation online (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) make it hard for cannabis companies to promote themselves/products on social media?

A:

I don't believe so: for instance, Weediquette has a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/weediquette/?ref=br_rs

and I tweet hella weed shit all the time: https://twitter.com/kandavolu

but perhaps I'm not that well informed on this stuff.


Q:

Out of all the presenters on Vice who smokes the most? Abdullah, Bronson, Desus, Mero or you?

Also since you asked about Sessions, is it your believe that he is out to roll back all the progress so they (Republicans) can gradually end up with more inmates in private prisons and to strip away (felonies) the voting rights on the type of people/persons that would vote Democratic?

A:

Ranked: Action, Abdullah, Mero, Desus, Me. re: sessions: can't get into his mind, but there are good arguments to support what you are suggesting.


Q:

Are you going to do an episode on weed and mental health? Like anxiety, depression, etc. I've been trying to do research on it myself for my own sake, but an episode on it would be cool. I've read that it can't cause mental health issues, but can increase them. I know a lot of people don't know this and I've noticed a lot of teens that do smoke eventually get into this extreme depression. I also did myself. think it's definitely an interesting topic to touch on.

A:

We're looking into it. Really interesting topic, and a bit of minefield. But yes. let me know if you've got any stories on the topic. thanks!


Q:

Krishna, love weediquette. How has the show impacted your view of cannabis since you started filming?

A:

i never though pot was a bad thing, but i didn't know the depth and extent to which people rely on it as a medicine to get through their lives: that people tell me their lives hinge on whether they can access mmj, that it helped them kick opioids, that they could repair their families because pot helped them through real bad times medically.


Q:

I had high hopes (no pun intended) for marijuana legalization progress in the US prior to this administration. Now that Trump is in office, and taking us back in time as far as his policies are concerned, what do you think the future of marijuana legalization looks like in the US? Especially with big pharma getting more support than ever these days.

A:

Still state by state, Vermont, West Virginia, slow march, but 58 percent of americans think rec pot should be legal, so hard to see it really turn back, little political points to win by clamping all the way back.


Q:

I had high hopes (no pun intended) for marijuana legalization progress in the US prior to this administration. Now that Trump is in office, and taking us back in time as far as his policies are concerned, what do you think the future of marijuana legalization looks like in the US? Especially with big pharma getting more support than ever these days.

A:

Thanks everyone. I'm signing off for the afternoon. Be sure to watch tonight at 10p on VICELAND. and follow me on twitter for more updates and weird thoughts.

https://twitter.com/kandavolu


Q:

any specific person you'd like to interview on your show, and maybe spark up with?

A:

POTUS


Q:

Do you think the state of TX will ever legalize any form of cannabis?

A:

TX was pretty close right? something about the timing of the paperwork coming out of committee? Sheriffs Associations have big influence on this type of legislation, so the legislative route seems hard. I don't know about referenda in Texas though? you guys have those?


Q:

Do you see the rise of patents and intellectual property in regard to Cannabis concerning? I think it was South Dakota was who was proposing a CBD only law and with a caveat that only FDA approved formulations would be allowed. GW Pharma seems to be the only players gaining that credential at this point. Are you aware of any others?

A:

This is a next level question. There are a few other smaller companies that have patents on new kinds of synthetic cannabinoids.


Q:

would you be interested in doing a show on the Emery's and what they have been pushing for (as well as how they have gone about it) and their most recent troubles with the law in Canada?

A:

yes! i talked to Jodie the other day. So much happening in Canada!


Q:

Will you be shooting any California Outdoor grows soon since grow season is about to get underway? Give the people what they want! Lol. Love everything you do. Keep up the amazing work.

A:

yes I yearn to smell the smells of Humboldt again soon. harvest time in NorCal is so sweet!


Q:

Do you think regular users of cannabis can drive more safely than infrequent users? For example, daily medical cannabis smokers vs. weekend smokers. Dr. Sanjay Gupta did a report on CNN that suggested regular users are better at driving high.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3MPbXWLtN8

A:

yeah, i think broad strokes that is basically true. Tolerance exists. Remember it's not a crime to smoke pot and drive (in states where it's legal), it's a crime to be impaired by pot and drive. And therein lies the subtle but important difference.


Q:

Krishna,

LOVE your show. The episode with the Vets that use weed for PTSD really struck a chord with me. Thank you for that piece.

Do you ever think there will be a day where the stigma of "oh you're a stoner? You're such a lazy piece of shit" will ever go away?

A:

yes. but it will take time and people's stories.