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.
The United States is in the midst of a new Golden Age of legal weed. Recreational marijuana is now legal in four states. This changing legal landscape requires thinking about marijuana’s history, use, recipes, safety and legality in new ways. David Schmader is the author of the new book, Weed: The User’s Guide: A 21st Century Handbook for Enjoying Marijuana. David is a writer living and working in Seattle. From 1999-2014, Schmader served as associate editor at Seattle’s Pulitzer-winning newsweekly the Stranger, writing the column ‘Last Days: The Week in Review’.