Race, Gender, And Marijuana

Even if you don’t care about weed, the gender and racial dynamics of the emerging, multi-billion dollar cannabis industry are worth paying attention to. Will the new cannabis entrepreneurs help right the wrongs of the war on drugs? Or will cannabis just be business as usual, with most of the money flowing to rich, white guys at the top?

On this show, we meet people who are working in the new frontiers of marijuana, from a politician working for racial justice to a friendly neighborhood woman-run weed store owner.

This episode features Sara Batterby, owner of Hifi Farms and co-founder of the Portland chapter of Women Grow, Melissa Egan of marijuana dispensary Panacea, Baltimore-based freelance writer and former cannabis policy assistant Caitlin Goldblatt, Oregon Representative Lew Frederick, a co-owner of Portland’s Shango dispensary, and Amanda Reiman of the Drug Policy Alliance.