The Straight Dope On Marijuana Legalization


With marijuana gradually becoming legal in more states, there is wider curiosity in general society. Colorado Public Radio explores the political, legal, and cultural effects of marijuana legalization in its new podcast On Something. The program seeks out everyday users along with experts and even drug historians to provide a fact-based, journalistic take on the the subject.

The first, 10-episode season will include stories on how marijuana became illegal in the first place, how states are addressing old cannabis-related convictions for crimes that are in many cases no longer crimes, a close look at marijuana dependence, and the conversation around marijuana, spirituality, and whether or not federal law protects religious practice that uses pot.

The show will be hosted by An Marie Awad who was recognized this year by the Society of Professional Journalists Colorado for Best Marijuana General Reporting.

“Since Colorado was one of the first states to legalize cannabis, the CPR newsroom has a jump start on this,” Awad said. “This show allows us to explore the subject in greater depth — to really understand how people and pot intersect.”

CPR News developed the podcast through Project Catapult a podcast accelerator program run by PRX with funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


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