Racist policing is one symptom of a social and legal system designed to benefit one group of people and keep another group disempowered. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
Episode 146: Cannabis, racism, and America’s crisis
Cannabis prohibition and American racism have been intertwined from the very beginning. This week Bruce, Alyssa, and Hannah dive into it.
Resources and things to read:
What does it mean to be “anti-racist”? (National Museum of African-American History and Culture)
President Nixon’s “War on Drugs” was a pretext for arresting Black people (Drug Policy Alliance)
Examining the white-Black wealth gap in America (Brookings Institution)
WTF is this all about now?
Every Friday the Roll-Up crew—Bruce Barcott, Alyssa Yeoman, and Hannah Staton—dissect the week’s top stories in cannabis with analysis, arguments, jokes, and obscure cultural references. It’s a news and culture podcast, slightly elevated.
About Our Music:
Our theme song is “Turn Me On,” from the EP of the same name by The Shivas. Check out their music on iTunes. For more about the band, see their home page, theshivas.org.