Hi. Here are some references and resources related to some of the key points in this episode.
Pictures from the cannabis cafe came from this story: Carly Mallenbaum, “Despite confusing cannabis laws, America has its first smoking cafe. Are more coming?” USA TODAY, October 15, 2019, https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/2019/10/15/cannabis-cafe-lowell-more-weed-smoking-restaurants-coming-to-us/3936738002/
For a very deep dive into just how many cannabinoids are in the plant, this is a good resource: Paula Morales, Dow P. Hurst, and Patricia H. Reggio, “Molecular Targets of the Phytocannabinoids-A Complex Picture,” National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, March 10, 2017, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5345356/
Police officers made about 663,000 arrests for marijuana-related offenses in the 50 states and the District of Columbia in 2018, amounting to 40% of the 1.65 million total drug arrests in the U.S. that year (the most recent for which data is available). See John Gramlich, “Four-in-ten U.S. drug arrests in 2018 were for marijuana offenses – mostly possession,” Pew Research Center, January 22, 2020, https://www.pewresearch.org/short-reads/2020/01/22/four-in-ten-u-s-drug-arrests-in-2018-were-for-marijuana-offenses-mostly-possession/#:~:text=Police%20officers%20made%20about%20663%2C000,for%20which%20data%20is%20available).
Note that the estimate for the number of people in prison for marijuana-related offenses varies, with some saying it’s as low as around 3,000, and others as high as 6,500 (such as in this Reuters story). Either way, it’s less than 1% of what happens at the state level. See Sharon Bernstein, “Explainer: Marijuana pardons in U.S. help thousands, leave others in prison,” Reuters, October 8, 2022, https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-marijuana-pardons-help-thousands-leave-others-prison-2022-10-09/
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