Examining The First Year of Legal Recreational Marijuana in California

KCBS Radio In Depth
Friday, November 30th
We're creeping up now on just one year since recreational marijuana became legal in California. A momentous change after decades of prohibition, legalization was accompanied with great expectations including the promise of fewer drug incarcerations, the eradication of an illicit black market, and the creation of a brand new stream of tax revenue from the legal market. But the legalization roll out has not been without its growing pains. For the next two weeks on In Depth, we're going to be examining the first year of legal recreational marijuana in California both the highs, and the lows. Next week we'll discuss some of the social consequences that legalization has had in the state, but this week we'll be focusing first on how the marijuana industry itself has been fairing as it undergoes a huge transition. Guest: David Downs the California Bureau Chief for Leafly.com, a Cannabis information website. Guest: Ryan Stoa, an associate Professor of Law at Concordia University school of Law in Boise Idaho who studies marijuana agriculture. His new book Craft Weed: Family Farming and the Future of the Marijuana Industry posits that the future of the marijuana industry might just look a little bit like the high end wine industry.