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WATCH: Today Show Debate: Legalize, Tax, and Regulate Marijuana?

A TV ad airing in California is calling for the legalization, taxation, and regulation of marijuana for recreational use. The spot is funded in part by the Marijuana Policy Project, a group dedicated to raising awareness about the relative safety of the drug, especially when compared to a more harmful, legal substance—namely, alcohol. Taxing marijuana would bring in an estimated $1.3 billion in revenue—no small potatoes for a state facing a crippling budget crisis.

In this clip, the MPP’s Aaron Houston discusses the pros and cons of legalization with NBC’s Chief Medical Editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman and Dr. Andrea Barthwell, a former Deputy Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy under George W. Bush. (It should be noted that Dr. Barthwell has a history of disseminating incorrect information about marijuana.)

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Why You Need to Drink Wet-Hopped Beer Right Now

Wet-hopped beer is the ultimate in seasonal and local brews. It is made from fresh hops picked right off the bine in order to capture the aromatic hop flavor when it is most potent. The tricky part is fresh hops have virtually no shelf life, so brewers must spring into action as soon as the hops […] Read More..

Easy Fall Recipes for the Adventurous Eater

Fall is in full swing!There’s a chill in the air, the leaves are starting to turn, and it’s nearly impossible to resist working pumpkin into every meal.While autumn favorites like pumpkin pancakes and warm apple cider are sure to please, take advantage of the season’s harvest and try out some new dishes as well. Our […] Read More..

A Simple Way to Grow Fresh Greens Indoors This Winter

Just because the temperatures have started to drop doesn’t mean you have to live without fresh greens until next Spring. With author and gardener Peter Burke’s innovative method of growing soil sprouts indoors, you can grow nutrient-dense greens all year long at a fraction of the cost of buying at market. Burke’s new book, Year-Round Indoor Salad […] Read More..

Recipe: How to Make the Perfect Pancake

When most people think pancakes, they think breakfast. But for Amy Halloran, breakfast is only the start.Halloran, author of The New Bread Basket, is a self-described pancake connoisseur. From a young age, she was entranced by the magic of bubbly batter rising to fluffy cakes on the griddle. Over time, her love of pancakes developed […] Read More..

What in the World is a Pawpaw?

Have you heard of the pawpaw? A few generations ago, most would say “yes!” You could ask just about anyone and they could tell you what this fruit looked and tasted like, and more importantly, where to find it. But today, the pawpaw remains a mystery to some and entirely unknown to others. In Pawpaw: […] Read More..