"If a stranger walked up to you and poured pebble like seeds into your hand and then said, 'plant them and your harvest can be made into rope, cloth or paper. It could help the sick or intoxicate.' What would you say? Would you keep the seeds or chuck them away?"
This is the question Lisa Ling asks us in tonight's "Explorer: Marijuana Nation" on The National Geographic channel as she investigates both sides of the debate.
I had the opportunity to preview this documentary before it aired and no matter which side of the issue you're on, it's absolutely worth watching. Both informative and fascinating, the documentary takes us deep inside the world of illegal and legal marijuana growing, selling and using.
We get to watch Ling travel by helicopter with law enforcement as they discover a secret pot farm in the Sequoia National Forest and hear the dangers of a discovery like this. She also visits with Mark Emery, the "Prince of Pot", who takes her to one of the largest grow houses, located in British Columbia, and has never been seen by the public before.
We also get to see a family farm in northern CA that's been there for years and how one man may have single-handedly helped the city of Oakland by implementing multiple medicinal marijuana shops and boosting the economy.
Don't miss this fantastic documentary tonight on The National Geographic Channel at 10pm eastern. It's definitely worth a watch.