Shocker: MTV True Life: I'm In the Marijuana Business subject unhappy with portrayal
There's a big distinction that the producers easily trample on by associating her illegal behavior and self-loathing with a legitimate, healing industry. They also happened to choose one of the stupidest criminals you could imagine. Not only does she go on television showing off her illegal activity, she incriminates everyone else in her life by going on the show, including her mother, her girlfriend and her girlfriend's parents.
I get it that society has made this plant and the people who use it criminals, and I don't think anyone should be penalized for this plant -- but showing off this person as someone in the "marijuana business" is a stretch.
Chris, a 27-year-old guy originally from the East Coast who moved out to California with a dream of growing and selling weed legally was the third part of the show. His segment was the least-irritating part of the episode.
Chris is clearly inexperienced and blinded by the thought that he can suddenly turn a profit in this industry, but he at least represents some the progressive views that the younger generation of cannabis smokers have. That's not to say his segment didn't show some glaring stupidity as well, including paying thousands to Oaksterdam University for an "education" in pot growing and a scene where he reveals that he's growing without his landlord's knowledge. This isn't necessarily always an issue, but Chris's landlord lives downstairs from him.
But I appreciated the segment where he told his parents about his choice to be in the industry and they accepted him. I think that was probably more valuable for the current MTV generation to see than any of the rest of his story. Hopefully they can bring up honest conversations with their parents about cannabis like Chris did.
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