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The Johnny Appleseed of Weed

Mike Thomas

For decades, America has treated marijuana as a criminal justice issue – locking up hundreds of thousands of people on minor possession charges. And the majority of those arrests have targeted Black, indigenous, and people of color. Advocates argue that after bearing the brunt of harsh marijuana laws, people of color deserve a spot in Virginia’s commercial cannabis industry. With Good Reason producer, Matt Darroch, has the story.

4 mins

The War On Drugs

Katherine Ott Walter (James Madison University)

In July of this year, Virginia will become the first Southern state to legalize marijuana, marking a major milestone in the failure of the War on Drugs. Katherine Ott Walter traces the racist roots of the War on Drugs and offers sensible alternatives to dealing with addiction in America.

12 mins

Recommending Decriminalization

Richard Bonnie (University of Virginia)

In the early 1970’s, Richard Bonnie became the Associate Director of the National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse. While the Commission ultimately recommended the decriminalization of marijuana, President Nixon refused to endorse the recommendation. But that didn’t stop a handful of states from decriminalizing marijuana.

10 mins

Reefer Madness

Scott Maggard (Old Dominion University)

Today, the majority of Americans favor marijuana legalization. But back in the 1930’s the US government pumped out bogus propaganda that incited fear and linked marijuana to violence. Scott Maggard breaks down how the media shaped attitudes towards marijuana throughout American history.

14 mins

Is Marijuana Healthy?

Larry Keen (Virginia State University)

Marijuana has been used medicinally and recreationally for thousands of years. But Larry Keen says the science isn’t exactly clear about it’s long term effects on the body.

10 mins

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