Surprising truths about legalizing cannabis | Ben Cort | TEDxMileHigh

May 16, 2019 By

In 2012, Colorado legalized cannabis and kickstarted a multibillion dollar industry with every product imaginable — brownies, gummy bears, granola bars, even lube! But to say that we’ve “legalized cannabis” is mistaken — we’ve commercialized THC. In this fascinating talk, expert Ben Cort examines the impacts of this growing new industry on everything from policing & arrest rates to LGBTQ issues. Sober since 1996, Ben Cort has seen the devastation that substance abuse can bring first hand as well as the joy that is recovery. He spent the last 10 years inside nonprofit drug treatment and education programs like Phoenix Multisport, Stout Street Foundation, and The University of Colorado Hospital. He is the author of Weed, INC., a professional speaker, and a frequent guest in the media. Ben is a husband, father of three, and an avid sportsman. He enjoys fly fishing, hunting, mountaineering, and bike racing. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at


34 Comments on "Surprising truths about legalizing cannabis | Ben Cort | TEDxMileHigh"

  1. Troypam Young
    May 16, 2019

    Man has been
    hybriding all plants since we learned how use NATURAL selection.Most every plant we eat and house plants and flowers are nothing like they first looked or tasted in the past.

  2. Tess A.
    May 16, 2019

    My husband was in the Army and he knew a guy that grew a marijuana plant inside his trailer and one year he decorated it with light for Christmas and used it for a Christmas tree I thought I was going to die laughing When he told me that...... 😂

  3. Adam Hachey
    May 16, 2019

    LIbTard Alert!!!!!!!

  4. Palm Beach Ink Tattoos
    May 16, 2019


  5. woo woo
    May 16, 2019

    Bless you for bringing this to light. Now we pray something gets done. Thank you be blessed

  6. EpilepticMercenary
    May 16, 2019

    Concentrates are not a new thing to the cannabis industry speaking legally and illegally. Hash was made in the 70's which is a concentrated form of cannabis. Same with edibles. These concepts are not new, so I'm very confused as to why the suggestion is being made that cannabis is now becoming a THC driven product. It always has been.

    Side note: Please stop trying to be a stand up comedian.

  7. kevin pierson
    May 16, 2019

    That was Noah on the boat.

  8. Pisces Power
    May 16, 2019

    He told so many lies lol✌

  9. Frank Baumgartner
    May 16, 2019

    The people wanted higher thc weed for me it was i just needed less weed to get to desired place. Its no damn conspiracy potency was getting stronger from smaller growers because that is what the people wanted. I have to question how much weed this gentleman has smoked and for how long. Everyone clapping because he has been sober since 96 well good for you i bet it comes up a lot in your conversations. Myself i don t mind being around stoned people usually a good time but people drinking not my thing usually but the worst is that person that has quit everything and just can t let it go so they got to constantly talk about there sobriety like i imagine this gentleman does.

  10. Rich Bright
    May 16, 2019

    Spraying hazmat? Monsanto/Bayer, Round up? Is in just about everything.

  11. Neva’ eh’s Natas
    May 16, 2019

    This guy is your enemy

  12. alf beef
    May 16, 2019

    Staring an opiate addiction in the face, I'm cool with THC..

    May 16, 2019

    access to nature back please. i don't want to have to buy a product.
    not interested in isolating a chemical.
    don't want anything from you, you can keep being you.
    just give me my god damn access to a plant that grows in nature back, please.

    May 16, 2019

    what the government doesnt want you to know: thc is the most amazing molecule on this planet.
    you hear all this talk about cbd, but what is it really? do you know? how do you know?
    I'll tell you what I do know. the cannabis plant in it's whole form is one of the most amazing things we humans could ever have asked for.
    the response of some plants is to protect itself from predators with poisons and repellants. but this plant chose us to be it's protector in nature.
    in response to us growing it for hundreds of thousands of years, it always produced enjoyable effects, pleasant aromas for us who keep it to smell.
    just like flowers attract bee's with their scent. just like how those bee's make honey with those flowers. we are making our honey with this molecule.
    we deserve and have every right to this plant, in it's entirety. if the government legalizes cbd and not thc, then we are still living in prohabition. no, worse, we're living under a tyranny.

    May 16, 2019

    liar. thc was not lower than 1% in 1960
    absolute lie!

  16. logic45audio
    May 16, 2019

    Well first of all he calls it weed so I don't like him as of the first sentence. Obviously he is just more propaganda. Most of the medicinal purpose or value is not only in CBD but THC as well as THC is the primary ingredient which fights cancer. This guy is a joke and I don't have to hear the whole video to know it's more of the same he sounds really cool and talks like he knows what he's talking about but if you actually know about cannabis and you know he doesn't really know what he's talking about he's just spitting out the same Lies We Have Been Told since they decided to make it illegal. This guy needs to go back and actually do some learning rather than just spitting it out. I have had enough of being lied to. This has nothing to do with religion other than the fact that God is the one who makes cannabis and unlike he said it was in Genesis 1:12 it is actually Genesis 1 verse 29. And God did make it for us to use internally. Stop the lies

  17. Carla Costa
    May 16, 2019

    Worst Ted Talk ever.

  18. Mick Craft
    May 16, 2019

    I wonder how much big pharma's paid him to come and do this speech

  19. YGKHurrk
    May 16, 2019

    Literally rolling up watching this 👌🏽 lmao

  20. Avery Denos
    May 16, 2019

    THIS is what's wrong with the world!.

  21. Tec Knows
    May 16, 2019

    What is extremely bizarre is that this is exactly the same conclusion I came to last week as I toured many Dispensaries in Maine. The Commercialization and Industrialization of THC.

  22. A V
    May 16, 2019

    As a long time pot smoker I agree with a lot that this man says

  23. J Bailey
    May 16, 2019


  24. Christopher Henderson
    May 16, 2019

    Someone works for Big Pharma...

  25. D. b.
    May 16, 2019

    Some he gets right but a lot he gets wrong

  26. Chia-Chun Tang
    May 16, 2019

    By far the worst and most inaccurate video I've seen in a while. This guy is clueless lol

  27. Nick Taylor
    May 16, 2019

    I have suffered from serious mental health issues and cannabis has saved my life and given me a quality of life I have never had while on tons of pharmaceuticals. Why does he not talk about the benefits of medicinal weed? He clearly has his on agenda. What’s wrong with poor people doing marijuana if it was legal. Maybe it will stop poor people from making meth.

  28. Fleece Johnson
    May 16, 2019

    Check out his background - Ben Cort has an agenda.

  29. Nate Johnson
    May 16, 2019

    This guy is a refer madness propaganda fear monger.

  30. Sir Thomas Grover
    May 16, 2019

    I don't believe income and race is correlated at all

  31. Caleb Mills
    May 16, 2019

    As far as legalization goes, people aren't gonna buy from these big growers.once it because fair trade, things are going to change and all these rich white guys are going to lose their buisness

  32. Laura Kasko
    May 16, 2019

    This is silly. The highest I've ever been from the smallest amount of pot was in 1978 when a new friend pulled out the skinniest joint I'd ever seen and shared it with me. At that time I was in college and smoking quite often. We spent a great evening looking through an atlas being amazed by the beautiful Earth. And laughing a lot, of course. The 28 or 29% THC good weed in CO now is great, but not better than that, or than others I had in college. And I see other commenters making the same point. This is simply false.

  33. K. Stosphia
    May 16, 2019

    It bothers me that he think the food industry "got in line" like they actually started giving us field-pastured meat or free-range eggs or organic, GMO-project certified whatever. Those are just fancy labels, most with either flimsy or no regulation.

  34. Michael B
    May 16, 2019

    You're full of bull Russ.

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