Should West Virginia Legalize Marijuana - Medical or Otherwise?

Mar 10, 2017

saac Sponaugle, D-Pendleton, debating the medical marijuana bill.

Frustrated by the inability to get a bill out of committee, House Democrats tried to legalize medical marijuana from the floor Thursday but failed, 35 to 64.

Still, a recent poll shows a majority of West Virginians favor medical marijuana. Is this an idea whose time has come?

Listen to the full Front Porch podcast for more. Host Laurie Lin is skeptical the bill is only about medical issues, while Rick Wilson says it is time to focus on bigger, more dangerous drug problems.

Welcome to “The Front Porch,” where we tackle the tough issues facing West Virginia and Appalachia with some of the region's most interesting thinkers.

WVPB Executive Director Scott Finn serves as host, joined by Laurie Lin, a conservative lawyer and columnist, and Rick Wilson, a liberal columnist and avid goat herder who works for the American Friends Service Committee .

An edited version of “The Front Porch” airs Fridays at 4:50 p.m. on West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s radio network, and the full version is available at wvpublic.org and as a podcast as well.

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