Episode 96: The African Roots of Marijuana

Building on last week’s discussion about the global debate on cannabis legalization, today’s episode explores the history of cannabis and the historical role of race in global cannabis prohibition. Joining us is Dr. Chris Duvall, a human-environment geographer and author of The African Roots of Marijuana—the first Africa-centered history of cannabis. We begin our conversation by discussing why Africa has been neglected in histories of cannabis (36:16) and African contributions to global practices around cannabis use (39:10). We also explore the origins of cannabis and how it became a global plant (43:50). We then discuss myths and misconceptions about the history of cannabis prohibition (51:52) as well as the "pretentious history" of the plant and how race and class have shaped understandings of cannabis use (58:42). We close the conversation by focusing on the real-world consequences of neglecting Africa in conversations about cannabis history and legalization (1:04:18) and the importance of addressing racial inequity within the movement to legalize cannabis (1:10:10).

Other Topics Include:

00:30 - Catch Up with Ty and Daphne

5: 30 - BhD “Oh Lawd” News

30:05 - Introduction of the Topic

33:15 - Learn More about Dr. Chris Duvall

1:15:55 - Ty and Daphne Reflect on the Interview


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