Trace Material Podcast: Season 1

Pot's Benevolent Cousin

In this episode, we’re looking at the legal battles surrounding cannabis in 20th century America. In 1938, Popular Mechanics Magazine deemed hemp the “New Billion Dollar Crop.” The article claimed that hemp could be used to produce 25,000 different products, from dynamite to cellophane. But we know that hemp didn’t soar in popularity – far from it.

So, who’s responsible for the downfall of hemp? How could a plant that was proven to be so useful just up and vanish? We hear from cannabis historian Emily Dufton who helps us answer those questions and many more.

Want to dig deeper into the history of cannabis in America? Check out Emily Dufton’s book, “Grass Roots: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Marijuana in America

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