Even if you don’t use, marijuana is changing the world around you in surprising ways. On Something is a podcast from Colorado Public Radio and PRX about how life has changed in the aftermath of marijuana legalization efforts across the United States.
Join journalist Ann Marie Awad as she explores the personal stories behind the political, legal and cultural effects of legalization.
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.