29 episodes

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.

On Something Colorado Public Radio

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 322 Ratings

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.

    Funny Business, Shenanigans and Chicanery

    Funny Business, Shenanigans and Chicanery

    Mildred Barnes Griggs wanted to get into the cannabis business to revitalize the economy of her small hometown of Marianna, Arkansas. But when she and her expert team applied for a license to grow, all they got was disappointment. Their application was supposed to be judged on merit, but, in this case, the meaning of merit isn’t all that clear.

    This story is Part 3 of 8 in a series called Fair Shake, about what drug laws and the cannabis business can teach us about social equity in the U.S.

    Written and reported by Ann Marie Awad, with Mona Zhang of Politico
    Lead producers: Luis Antonio Perez & Rebekah Romberg
    Editor: Dennis Funk
    Music: Daniel Mescher, Brad Turner
    Executive producers: Brad Turner, Kevin Dale
    Additional producers: Jo Erickson
    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

    • 30 min
    "Black-owned"

    "Black-owned"

    Massachusetts won national praise for being the first state to legalize recreational weed with an eye to equity. Voters in 2016 said they wanted a cannabis industry that somehow included people who were impacted by the War on Drugs. But since then, those very people have been squeezed out of the industry -- people like Chauncy Spencer. He grew up in Boston, sold weed when he was young, and paid the price for it. When he tried to open a legal pot shop, he faced surprising competition from another entrepreneur who was quietly backed by a major corporation.

    This story is Part 2 of 8 in a series called Fair Shake, about what drug laws and the cannabis business can teach us about social equity in the U.S.

    Written and reported by Ann Marie Awad, with Dan Adams of the Boston Globe
    Lead producers: Jo Erickson, with mixing by Matt Simonson
    Editor: Dennis Funk
    Music: Daniel Mescher, Brad Turner
    Executive producers: Brad Turner, Kevin Dale
    Additional producers: Luis Antonio Perez, Rebekah Romberg
    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

    • 28 min
    A Laboratory For Fairness

    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
    Additional producers: Jo Erickson, Rebekah Romberg
    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

    • 23 min
    Trailer: Get Ready for Season 3!

    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!

    • 3 min
    LIVE: My Family, On Something

    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.

    • 22 min
    The Creative Brain on Drugs

    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!

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
322 Ratings

322 Ratings

allyarnaiz ,

Many Perspectives

I have only listened to a few episodes so far, but I love the many areas of the cannabis world they cover. Love CPR!

GingerMomColorado ,

Season 2 is just as great as season 1

I find season 2 so interesting! I’m a RN and have given the prescription drug marinol (synthetic form of THC) in the past. I wish there were more experts on dosages of medical marijuana. I wish it were mainstream. I love the awareness Season 2 is bringing to the challenges with medical marijuana. I applaud all the healthcare providers, advocates and researchers working to bring medical marijuana to light.

Y!ke ,

Highly recommended (seriously, no pun intended)

Has changed the way I consider use in all its forms. A mature, realistic dialogue about cannabis. Bravo!

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