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Show 014: Women and Marijuana

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This weekend on NORML SHOW LIVE, we take a look at the rising influence of women in the movement to end adult marijuana prohibition. In 2009, the Gallup poll found the support for legalization of marijuana among women rose by a whopping 12% in just four years! We'll examine the trends that are causing women in greater numbers than ever before to support marijuana law reform.

Medical marijuana has certainly been part of the trend. We'll visit with Dr. Julie Holland, author of the New York Times bestseller "Weekends at Bellevue", her tale of nine years working in the psychiatric emergency room of the famous New York Hospital. Dr. Holland has been an effective advocate for medical marijuana recently on the NBC Today show.

Then we speak to Mieko Hester-Perez, a recent guest of Diane Sawyer's on Good Morning America. Ms. Hester-Perez talks about the miracle medical marijuana has provided for her severely autistic son and the complications of treating him with a very controversial medicine.

We continue the discussions, looking beyond medical marijuana and into the so-called "Stiletto Stoner" phenomenon of young professional women who prefer marijuana over martinis when it comes to socializing and relaxing. We also cover the increasing number of mothers who are calling for an end to prohibition as a means of protecting their children from the harms of an unregulated black market. Our panel of NORML Women from coast to coast will tell us why they've decided to join NORML and why other women should, too.

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