On Something Even if you don't use, marijuana is changing the world around you in surprising ways. This new podcast from Colorado Public Radio and PRX explores how life has changed in the aftermath of marijuana legalization across the United States. Journalist Ann Marie Awad shares the personal stories behind the political, legal and cultural effects of legalization.
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Even if you don't use, marijuana is changing the world around you in surprising ways. This new podcast from Colorado Public Radio and PRX explores how life has changed in the aftermath of marijuana legalization across the United States. Journalist Ann Marie Awad shares the personal stories behind the political, legal and cultural effects of legalization.

Most Recent Episodes

A Laboratory For Fairness

Welcome to Season 3 of On Something, and Part 1 of a series we're calling Fair Shake. This season, On Something explores the pursuit of social equity in the cannabis industry, and what it can teach us creating a fairer society. But first of all, what does social equity even mean? University of Toronto Professor Awkwasi Owusu-Bempah is here to get us all on the same page, and remind us of the stakes. Activist Sonia Erika, who helped legalize in Massachusetts, shares her story of fighting for social equity in the first state to require it — sort of. Written and reported by Ann Marie Awad Lead producer: Luis Antonio Perez Editor: Dennis Funk Music: Daniel Mescher, Brad Turner Executive producers: Brad Turner, Kevin Dale Illustrator: Jonell Joshua Thanks also to Kim Nguyen, Jodi Gersh, Clara Shelton, Matt Herz, Martin Skavish, Rachel Estabrook, Francie Swidler. OnSomething.org On Twitter: @COPublicRadio

Trailer: Get Ready for Season 3!

On Something is back soon, with more stories about life after legalization! We're calling this season Fair Shake. You'll hear eight episodes about the the pitfalls along the path to social equity. Maybe you think 'life after legalization' means we're all living in and benefitting from the green rush. Except not everyone is enjoying the fruits of legal weed. Black and brown people have been largely left out of a billion-dollar industry. And now, in most states that have legalized, people of color are still on the outside looking in. This summer, host Ann Marie Awad and the On Something team try to figure out why — and see what solutions might help. Subscribe now for new episodes beginning May 11!

LIVE: My Family, On Something

Your favorite podcast about life after legalization recently hosted a virtual live event about awkward and unexpected tales of sentiment and substance. Six seriously talented storytellers shared anecdotes about those times when family and drugs collide. We called it "Your Family, On Something." This episode features three of the funniest, most surprising and most moving moments from the event. Featured storytellers: Andrew Orvedahl, our cohost for the event, founded Denver's live storytelling event and podcast "The Narrators." Andrew is a comedian, writer and actor behind TruTV's scripted comedy show "Those Who Can't." Christie Buchele is a comedian, co-host of the Empty Girlfriend Podcast and cofounder of The Pussy Bros. comedy troupe. Janae Burris is a comedian, actor, event host and former co-host of the Denver Post's Cannabist Show in Denver, Colorado. Season 3 is on the way in 2021, so stay subscribed! Our lead producer for this episode was Rebekah Romberg. Our editor is Dennis Funk. Our executive producers are Brad Turner and Kevin Dale. Many thanks to Kendall Smith for helping to organize On Something's first-ever live, virtual event.

The Creative Brain on Drugs

Does cannabis make creative people ... well, more creative? Turns out there's no short answer to this question. Members of the bands Tank and the Bangas and Chicano Batman share how weed plays into their process, while a neuroscientist breaks down the mysteries of the creative brain. Join us for a music-filled Season 2 finale of On Something! By the way: On Something is a production of Colorado Public Radio. The key word there is "Public." We are a nonprofit supported by our members. If you like what you hear on this show, and want more, become a member of CPR. It's easy, and any amount truly makes a difference. Head to onsomething.org and take a minute to donate — that's onsomething.org. And as always, thank you for listening!

Cannabis on the Menu

Harold Sims is a Denver-based chef who was able to ride the weed wave right into his first cooking show: Netflix's Cooked With Cannabis. He used that opportunity to shine a light on African food. On this episode, Harold shares his story and doubles as our guide to the world of infused foods. Watch Harold prepare one of his favorite dishes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBS1uZv2uGI

Pot Smuggling 2.0

It's no secret that cannabis legalization in America is a decision left to states. But it turns out that our patchwork of different laws might create new opportunities for the illicit market to thrive. Investigative journalist Chris Walker took a deep dive into a massive smuggling ring that passed itself off as a legitimate cannabis business in Colorado. Chris talks with Ann to unpack the larger impacts of this story, which he tells on his own podcast, "The Syndicate." Listen to The Syndicate: https://westwoodonepodcasts.com/pods/the-syndicate

At War with the War on Drugs

Blues artist Fantastic Negrito was raised in Oakland, California, to believe that the cops will kill you. Kassandra Frederique, head of the Drug Policy Alliance, can remember countless names of people killed by police while she was growing up in New York City. From opposite coasts, two stories about the tangled web of racism, policing and the war on drugs.

A Drug Test In The Delivery Room

Gale recently had her first child. Early on in her pregnancy, she admitted to a doctor that she was still using marijuana. The next — and only — time it came up was in the delivery room. It set into motion a chain of events that highlight the ways legal cannabis can still clash with policies meant to protect children. This is the third and final installment of our miniseries, "Medicine vs. Marijuana," about the ways legal weed can intersect with healthcare in America. Note: An earlier version of this episode contained a couple of factual errors that have since been corrected. First, to acknowledge that Colorado law changed in 2020. It no longer equates a positive drug test with a finding of child abuse — though, as we mention, that's still true in other states. Also, Gail got access to a lawyer through an advocacy group here in Colorado that provides free legal help to those who need it.

Opioids, Pot and Pain

There's a crisis in this country of opioid addiction and overdose death, and it's tied intimately with how we respond to pain. When Angela Bryan was diagnosed with breast cancer, she was keenly aware that opiates were expected to be a big part of her recovery. But she was afraid she might become dependent upon them, and turned her mind to possible alternatives. Like marijuana. Angela lives in Colorado, which is a legal state, after all. In the second installment of our miniseries "Medicine vs. Marijuana," Angela decides to conduct a scientific experiment on herself.

The Medical Marijuana O.G.

Once upon a time on this very podcast, we told you a story about how California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996. The first! Those were our words! But it turns out an unlikely deep South state was technically the first. Here's why you've never heard that Louisiana was the first state to legalize medical marijuana (technically.) This is the first installment of a miniseries we're calling "Medicine vs. Marijuana," about the odd ways legal cannabis can intersect with our healthcare system.

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