The war on drugs is still alive and well, and the people most often caught in the crossfire are black and brown. Now that weed is legal in many states, most of the people making money off weed are white. We look at how legalization might benefit communities of color and repair harm caused by the war on drugs.
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.
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.
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.
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.”