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60 Minutes Covers the Current State of Marijuana

This week on 60 Minutes, correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook reports on the impact of marijuana legalization on a community in Colorado. He visits the largest recreational cultivation facility in the country —36 acres of plants that are each tagged and tracked, from seed to sale.

It’s quite a difference from the first time 60 Minutes showed viewers marijuana harvesting.

It was 1970, and correspondent Mike Wallace took viewers to Kansas, “quite literally Middle America,” he says in the clip above. There, he found 63,000 acres of the plant, growing like a weed, appropriately enough.

Wallace’s story focused on the illegal harvesting of thousands of pounds—and millions of dollars worth—of wild marijuana in Kansas. As he noted in the report, the plant has grown wild in the Midwest for centuries. [Read more at CBS News]

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