Is Weed The New Wine? See Who’s Out In The Open Singing Pot’s Praises

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Video and article from FOX29 Philadelphia featuring Jay Lassiter, Kevin Clough and Ladybud Publisher Diane Fornbacher. 

PHILADELPHIA -It is the most widely used illegal drug in the world. An estimated 18 million Americans say they are regular users of marijuana.But who is smoking pot may – or may – not surprise you.

FOX 29’s Chris O’Connell reports on a story that has drawn hundreds of comments on our Facebook page.While some pour a glass of merlot after a long day at work, Jay Lassiter is getting high.

“This is my medical cannabis,” he said.

Lassiter packs a pipe of high-grade marijuana and lights up on the back porch of his Cherry Hill home.

“The end of prohibition is coming,” Lassiter said. “The beginning of the end is near. It has arrived. It is – it’s coming out of my lungs.”

Lassiter smokes cannabis legally. The 41-year-old political consultant suffers from HIV and is among the first in New Jersey to have a state-issued medical marijuana card. He uses pot to ease the side effect from his other medications.

“I could take a puff or two of cannabis and that sort of calms everything down, and I can take my meds, no muss no fuss,” Lassiter said.

He calls himself the face of marijuana, part of a changing attitude, an acceptance of pot that’s becoming more of the norm.

“It’s not a big deal. Not at all,” one person told FOX 29.

[Read more at Fox Philly and see VIDEO after the jump…]