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Censored on TV: Why Are Some Stations Keeping Pot in the Closet?

Pot has lots of medicinal and financial benefits, but TV stations still do everything they can to avoid mentioning it.

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But arguably the most important reason is people like Nadene — ordinary, hard-working Americans who have made the perfectly rational choice to unwind at the end of the day with a substance that is, by any objective standard, far safer than alcohol: Marijuana is less addictive, massively less toxic, and — unlike booze — it doesn't make people aggressive and violent. And whether anyone likes it or not, those folks are starting to come out of the closet.

Recognizing that reality requires letting go of some familiar myths.  

And some TV stations, we now know, aren’t ready to do that.

Bruce Mirken is communications director for the Marijuana Policy Project .

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