Every Monday at 3pm EST (noon PST), the Voice America Health and Wellness Channel broadcasts the show “One Hour at a Time,” hosted by Mary Woods from WestBridge Community Services. On Monday, February 27, 2017, the broadcast featured the special encore “It’s Not Marijuana… It’s MarijuanaX” with special guest Michael R. DeLeon, the director, and producer of the documentary film “MarijuanaX”.
The perception of the drug marijuana has changed drastically over the years. According to a 2015 Pew Research Center study, 56% of American adults believe marijuana should be legalized, while 44% think it should be considered illegal. Additionally, 68% of adults under 35 years of age think marijuana should be legalized. People in our country are referring to the now industrially-produced marijuana as if it were the exact same thing it was in the 80’s when it was being grown by botanists. In the 1980’s, the 2% - 5% flower imported from Colombia that used to get users high is now a wax/oil that can contain upwards of 97% pure THC. Today’s marijuana is drastically different than it once was and is known to be 57-67% more potent than it was in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Every year, more and more states legalize marijuana for medicinal use. Should we be more concerned?
Michael R. DeLeon developed the world’s most relevant and emotional documentary on marijuana, MarijuanaX, after he was the first to address the opiate and heroin epidemic in New Jersey through the film “Kids are Dying”. “Marijuana X” challenges the country and media’s perspective on this drug like it has never been challenged before. It presents the audience with people who have been directly affected by marijuana even though the majority of our country believes it to be harmless. It even features Colorado natives whose lives have been turned upside-down by the drug. “MarijuanaX” will challenge the way you feel about marijuana and the role this drug might play in your life.
According to our friends at WestBridge Community Services, the overall purpose of these weekly podcasts is “to increase awareness about recovery from substance use disorders and mental illness and to decrease the stigma and increase the awareness of the discrimination that exists for people with substance use disorder and mental illness.”