A new episode of volume six of Hasan Minhaj’s Patriot Act drops every Sunday. In yesterday’s episode The Legal Marijuana Industry is Rigged, the comedian delved into the world of legal marijuana. Here’s what the show was is about.

Still the quarantine edition

Minhaj was quick to clarify that this was still the quarantine edition of his show. He tells us how he panicked when he heard about the lockdown, going on to hoard everything from toilet paper to batteries, like hundreds of others. But what really surprised him was the fact that there was a lot of panic-buying at cannabis dispensaries.

We need a break

Minhaj talks about how many states are keeping their dispensaries open, even in the face of a lockdown. It’s because “we all need a break”, Minhaj quips as he stands against backdrops of varying hues of green.

Green is not the only colour in the weed business

Marijuana laws are “pretty racist”, according to Minhaj. One clip shows an African American woman pointing out that when she looks at the marijuana market, all she sees is white men. There’s equal usage of marijuana among both the black and white communities, but it’s the former that’s more likely to be in prison for it. Legalisation ought to benefit the minorities, but that hasn’t happened.

Should we go “all-in” on cannabis?

Right at the beginning, we’re shown a clip in which John Boehner, the former speaker of the United States House of Representatives, who Minhaj equates with a manga character, says that we must go all-in on cannabis. But Minhaj thinks differently. Support for legalisation of marijuana shouldn’t just be a knee-jerk reaction, but must be looked into. He stresses that it’s important to understand that such legalisation could affect small businesses, especially in the wake of COVID-19. Going all-in on cannabis is okay, he says, but “only if all of us get to”.

WATCH OR NOT
Expect fewer punch lines but plenty of knowledge on the cannabis industry in America. Minhaj talks about a pretty relevant issue in episode two, enhanced by a series of graphic backdrops. The show delivers more than just a few laughs.

Creators: Hasan Minhaj, Prashanth Venkataramanujam
Cast: Hasan Minhaj
Streaming on: Netflix

For recaps of previous episodes, see here.