Stephen Gray is editor of, and contributor to, the book, Cannabis and Spirituality: An Explorer’s Guide to an Ancient Plant Spirit Ally. Stephen is a teacher and writer on spiritual subjects and sacramental medicines. He has worked extensively with Tibetan Buddhism, the Native American Church, and with entheogenic medicines. The author of Returning to Sacred World: A Spiritual Toolkit for the Emerging Reality, he is also a conference and workshop organizer, leader, and speaker as well as a part-time photographer and music composer under the artist name Keary.
Cannabis is the most genetically diverse plant in the world. But how has it evolved as a species, and how has it has co-evolved with humans? How has domestication changed the marijuana plant? Understanding today’s crazy mix of hybrid strains, why they’re so different, and what makes each one unique is a huge undertaking. Our guest today believes that increased genetic knowledge about cannabis will transform how people relate to this plant. Mowgli Holmes, PHD, is Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Phylos Bioscience, a cannabis genomics company based in Portland, Oregon. Mowgli is a molecular and evolutionary biologist. He is a founding board member of the Cannabis Safety Institute and the Open Cannabis Project, and is Chair of the Oregon State Cannabis Research Task Force.
Bruce Barcott is the author of the new book, Weed the People: The Future of Legal Marijuana in America. The magnitude of the change in America’s relationship to marijuana can’t be measured in only economic or social terms: There are deeper shifts going on here – cultural realignments, social adjustments, and financial adjustments. The place of marijuana in our lives is being rethought, reconsidered, and recalibrated. Four decades after Richard Nixon declared a War on Drugs, that long campaign has reached a point of exhaustion and failure. The era of its winding down as arrived.