Wednesday, April 4, 2012

VOA News: Jeff Swicord- 'Marijuana Grower Supply Store Opens in Washington DC'

Source:VOA News- Dick Kennedy was interviewed for this piece.

"Just a few kilometers from the US Capitol, and the seat of the US government, the nation's first franchise to sell supplies specifically for marijuana growers has opened another store. The opening of weGrow Washington DC coincides with the city's first steps to implement a law legalizing marijuana use to treat certain medical conditions. VOA's Jeff Swicord reports that medical marijuana has set off a battle between the 16 states that have passed such laws and federal law enforcement officials." 

From VOA News 

"Voice of America (VOA or VoA) is the state-owned international radio broadcaster of the United States of America. It is the largest[3] and oldest U.S.-funded international broadcaster.[4][5] VOA produces digital, TV, and radio content in 47 languages which it distributes to affiliate stations around the globe. It is primarily viewed by a non-American audience.

VOA was established in 1942,[6] and the VOA charter (Public Laws 94-350 and 103–415)[7] was signed into law in 1976 by President Gerald Ford.

VOA is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and overseen by the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM), an independent agency of the U.S. government.[8] Funds are appropriated annually under the budget for embassies and consulates. In 2016, VOA broadcast an estimated 1,800 hours of radio and TV programming each week to approximately 236.6 million people worldwide with about 1,050 employees and a taxpayer-funded annual budget of US$218.5 million.[9][10]

While Voice of America is seen by some foreign listeners as having a positive impact,[11][12] others consider it to be a form of propaganda and a mouthpiece for the US government." 

From Wikipedia

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