It may seem like marijuana laws across the country have been changing almost overnight, but according to our guest, Paul Armentano, deputy director of NORML, a group that has long sought these changes, it’s been about a fifty year process. We are a long way from ‘Reefer Madness’ and Cheech and Chong, as we see red and blue states de-criminalize marijuana, provide dispensaries for medical marijuana and, in many cases, legalize its recreational use. Much of this goes hand and hand with criminal justice reform as overly harsh punishments for use of marijuana are taken off the books. Corresponding with that, many states are being to expunge the records of those who have been convicted in the past. We talk to Paul about the impacts when states legalize pot as to driving safety, the black market and use by those who live there. It’s high time we looked at this trend and its impact.
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