With the normalization of cannabis, there’s a deep well of great content and hackneyed reporting on the topic, and we are curating a list of some of the best readings and writings on the topic.
From the Instructor, Andrew Matranga
Cannabis as a story has never been a laughing matter for me. As an Assistant Teaching Professor at the University of Denver, I created the first Cannabis Journalism course in the country. The course aims to empower young journalists with the skills they need to report on “America’s New Normal.”
I know cannabis seems fun and exotic. I know it elicits half-baked puns and decades-old stereotypes, but I believe cannabis is a serious topic. It has far-reaching implications, from federal drug policy, medical research, and international trade to local taxes and even vending machine ordinances. With other states looking to Colorado as an example, of what to do and what not to do, accurate and responsible reporting on cannabis is more critical than ever.
You can follow the news on the #CannabisJournalism hashtag, but the list below features the longer reads and key players in the field. This list will be continually updated. (Last Update: 052717)
- Weed the People: The Future of Legal Marijuana in America by Bruce Barcott
- Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market by Eric Schlosser
- Marijuana Nation: The Legalization of Cannabis Across the USA from the Associated Press
- Ricardo Baca, former Marijuana Editor at the Denver Post.
- Bob Young, Marijuana Editor at the Seattle Times
- Kristen Wyatt, reporter for the Associated Press
- Bruce Barcott, author
- Luke Runyon, Harvest Public Media