Episode 5: Puff, Puff, Pray

What does it mean to have a spiritual experience with marijuana? We visit a cannabis church and talk with a psychedelic therapist, and explore how more Americans are seeking enlightenment in surprising new places.

Episode 4: Shrinking Pot’s Carbon Footprint

Cannabis cultivation tends to be a wasteful industry with a fairly large carbon footprint. On this episode, we talk about one man’s quest to make weed sustainable.

Episode 3: Neal Pollack’s Addiction

Texas-based satirist Neal Pollack — who’s written plenty of pot jokes over the years — reveals how he became addicted to marijuana, and what he’d tell people who don’t believe that’s possible.

Criminalization of Weed

Episode 2: Weed’s Legal Hangover

Two people — a white woman and a black man — reflect on their own arrests for marijuana charges when they were 19, and walk us through how those convictions continue to affect their careers and lives today. Through interwoven stories, we put their experiences in the larger context of the growing movement to clear low-level marijuana convictions.

History of Weed

Episode 1: Why Was Weed Illegal Anyway?

Marijuana’s history in the U.S. is complicated. Colorado Public Radio reporter Ann Marie Awad explains how cannabis became illegal — and how we got from there to the kickstart of the modern legalization movement. If nothing else, listen just to hear the phrase “jazz cigarettes.”