Legalized recreational and medicinal cannabis use is spreading across the United States and the globe. For today’s episode, we discuss the implications of cannabis legalization and ways to reduce the harm caused by prohibition by interviewing Dr. Akwasi Owusu-Bempah, an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto, Mississauga. During our conversation, we discuss the racist history behind the term marijuana (30:30), cannabis legalization versus decriminalization (32:12), myths and misconceptions related to the movement to legalize cannabis (34:00), and the international/Canadian war on drugs (36:54). We then have a conversation about the motivations behind cannabis legalization in Canada (40:50), the unintended consequences of cannabis legalization (50:14), the importance of centering equity in the movement to legalize cannabis (56:10), and the future of legalization across the globe (57:53). We close by having a conversation about Dr. Owusu-Bempah’s research on Black men’s experiences with police in Toronto (1:01:15), the response to police misconduct/brutality in Canada compared to the US (1:09:37), and how the election of Donald Trump has shaped conversations about criminal justice (1:11:24).
Other Topics Include:
00:30 - Catch up with Ty and Daphne
03:20 - BhD “Oh Lawd” News
25:00 - Introduction of the Topic
28:15 - Learn more about Dr. Akwasi Owusu-Bempah
1:16:25 - Ty and Daphne Reflect on the Interview