Bill Nye is here to give you a science high. Or, at least, he’s here to tell you that science is down with you getting high. Or (to soften that a little) he’s saying that anti-weed laws are not scientific, but neither are most pro-weed arguments, so let’s all study it some more, and, in the meantime, if you want to get high yourself, then cool.
To kick off the second season of Nye’s Netflix series Bill Nye Saves The World, Nye is tackling the science of cannabis. Though he’s not a pothead himself (he said in a recent interview with CNET that he’s “not crazy about the smell”), he is a big advocate of cannabis research.
“Here’s the takeaway is nobody is really sure how [marijuana] works. Nobody is really sure what it does,” he told CNET. “Keeping it as a Schedule I drug is not based on science. Schedule I means that it’s presumed to be addicting and its presumed to have no medical value.”
“But people use marijuana and marijuana extracts for all sorts of medical applications. You got to think there’s something to it. But the upshot of the show is nobody’s sure how it works so we’ve got to understand marijuana more and find out what the active ingredients are.”
To get to this understanding, Nye has to undertake some pretty serious scientific research. Like buying weed from a dispensary. “This for science,” he tells the budtender in a sneak peak of the upcoming episode. And then, he didn’t actually smoke any of the bud tended to him. “The woman there recommended a variety and I gave it to the props department,” he told CNET.
What he did do was play ultimate frisbee with some other people who were stoned and who apparently “sucked when they were high,” according to an interview with NowThis. How that leads us to greater wisdom and understanding of the cannabis plant we’re not totally sure, but we’ll probably know a little more when the new season drops on December 29.
In the meantime, the Science Guy actually does have a little more nuance to offer you on the world of weed. “I lived in Washington State for a long time, and Washington State legalized it in 2012. We legalized marijuana, we tax it,” he said. “We have a lot of tax revenue. It’s no longer criminalized. We don’t spend money on the police department. We spend money regulating the industry in the same way we regulate other substances.”
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