Kremers Seminar in the History of Pharmacy & Drugs
2020 Summer Kreminar
Dr. Emily Dufton: “Grassroots: A History of Marijuana’s Ups and Downs in America”
Abstract: As legalization initiatives continue to expand across the United States, many of its proponents believe that full federal legalization is inevitable. But pro-marijuana activists believed this in the 1970s too, when decriminalization spread to over a third of the country, only to see their work rolled back by a wave of powerful anti-cannabis parent activism. Marijuana’s legal status has shifted from criminalization to legalization and back again multiple times over the past fifty years, and may continue to change long into the future. This talk will discuss the role grassroots activists have played in changing marijuana’s public perception and legal status from the 1960s to today, and what we might expect in the years to come.
Bio: Emily Dufton is the author of Grass Roots: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Marijuana in America (Basic Books, 2017). Her writing has appeared in outlets like The Atlantic, the Washington Post, TIME and CNN. She is the editor of Points, the blog of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society.