'Weed Wars' star on politics, activism and wellness

Steve DeAngelo, left, and Harborside Health Center co-founder David Weddingdress speak at a 'Weed Wars' panel.

Story highlights

  • Steve DeAngelo stars in the Discovery Channel reality series "Weed Wars"
  • The show is about Harborside Health Center, the world's largest medicinal-cannabis dispensary
  • DeAngelo says he and his show have had a positive effects on the views about cannabis
When he co-founded Harborside Health Center, the world's largest medicinal-cannabis dispensary, located in Oakland, California, five years ago, Steve DeAngelo's goal was to provide a safe, comfortable, organized alternative to what he saw as a broken system in the state, professional thugs on one side, irresponsible stoners on the other.
"Both options were bad," DeAngelo said. "On one hand, it was just amateurish. On the other hand, it was still scary. ... I wanted to put together a dispensary that would bring together the twin ideals of my life, which are a commitment to activism and a commitment to professionalism."