What commercialization is doing to cannabis | Ben Cort

In 2012, Colorado legalized cannabis and added to what has fast become a multibillion-dollar global industry for all things weed-related: from vape pens to …


  1. The potency was definitely higher than 10% long before Colorado legalized it. I remember seeing high times testing potency at around 20% back in the early 2000's. I have a close friend with a strain of Hash plant that has been maintained by clone for 25 years that he had tested at 19%. I'm also positive no one I know who has ever been a real pot smoker has ever referred to it as dope which this douche has done in other interviews. I bet this clown has never touched it. Also the reason that most dispensaries are opened in low income neighborhoods is due to the fact that those are the areas that need tax revenue. Wealthy and or conservative towns opt to not have recreational dispensaries because they don't need the taxes. I'm no expert but this guy is just cashing in on all the money to be made from prevention. If no one else is out there doing anti-cannabis speeches this guy has no competition for getting hired to speak about it. He's a shill for big pharma. Lets just keep the opiate epidemic going full speed ahead!

  2. So many false statements…. Where to even begin. Let's start with the fact that if you Google his name you'll find this: He's in the recovery industry.

    "Ben Cort has been part of the recovery movement in almost every way imaginable from a recipient of services to a spokesperson to a respected professional inside of the treatment industry. Sober since 6/15/96 he has seen the devastation that substance abuse can bring first hand as well as the joy that is recovery."

    So he's biased to start off with.

  3. Not a big fan of this guy, but what he is saying about the recreational cannabis industry in Colorado has a lot of valid points. I have lived in Colorado since before legalization, and it is really disappointing to see what is happening. Many of the small shops have been bought and pushed out by large corporate chains with garbage quality cannabis and many of the owners of these large marijuana corporations are coke heads and other people who don't even use cannabis, but who simply see it as a new market. I personally have friends who have worked in grows and I have personally seen photos of some of the things that go on in marijuana grows and it is filthy and disturbing. If you enjoy smoking pesticide laced cannabis with a horrible cannabinoid profile go for it. But I prefer to support my local growers and grow myself when I can

  4. Purdue Pharma story here .. Of course the same is happening cannabis.(tho not an addictive drug for many) Beat it by growing your own and/or supporting your local home grower!!!!!! answer is very simple here.

  5. This talk is not well thought out. The high content of THC is the result of hybridization- not the pesticides or fertilizers. If you are criticizing the product as being “unnatural” than I think you should quit eating any food-plant or animal-produced by agriculture(all selectively hybridized for desired traits).
    Also, the money is not only made on THC. CBD is a booming market. And THC also has medicinal benefits. Please do more research before you spread poorly thought out information.

  6. really after recreational legalization, I cant find CBD without significant thc in my area since all the medical placed closed down. I would have to order it online and the price has skyrocketed. the best ratio I was able to find was 60/40 thc/cbd… I don't like being high, I just wanted the cbd for medicine. legalization has made that a bit more difficult

  7. Last point, this guys speech is a blatant attempt at getting around cannabis legalization by saying "We're not prohibiting cannabis. We're prohibiting THC!" Slithering tactics. Ben, we voted on it & we, the people have spoken. And don't think we aren't watching for ur next tactic: potency caps. Ugh! Just ugh. I thought you were better than this TedX.

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