Ask a Legal State: A National Conversation About Pot

Apr 16, 2019

Airing Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on KOSU.

Dozens of states, including Oklahoma are talking about pot, and whether to and how to legalize it. More than 20 states have legalized medical marijuana, and at least 10 states are considering legalizing recreational weed.

Ask a Legal State is a national call-in show about the path to legal cannabis and its ramifications, offering listeners the opportunity to connect with experts in states that have already legalized it.

KOSU joins WNYC and Colorado Public Radio for a live three-hour call-in conversation about cannabis and the rapidly changing legal, political, and cultural landscapes around it.

WNYC’s Brian Lehrer will host, along with Colorado Public Radio’s Ann Marie Awad. The show will feature guests and reporters from around the country, covering policing and social justice issues and discussions about buying, selling, and using legal marijuana in America.

11am: The Legal Weed Business

  • How does the weed business work in the states where it’s legal?
  • What are the questions from the states where it’s not?
  • What does the weed economy look like?
  • What are the new jobs?
  • Who gets the licenses to grow and to make and to sell?
  • What happens to the black market?
  • What has the impact been on state and local government services?
  • How has tax revenue, sometimes dedicated to specific items, worked out?

Noon: Legally Stoned in America

  • What is the culture around pot turning out to be like in the states where it's legal?
  • What are the questions from the states where it's not?
  • What has the public health impact been?
  • How do we regulate legal weed for public health and safety, from dependency issues to driving while stoned?
  • What’s the lived experience of legal weed for new and experienced users?
  • Who is using it and how and where and when?

1pm: Social Justice, Reparations and Advice

  • Why is decriminalization a social justice issue?
  • How is it being addressed in different ways in the states where it's legal?
  • What are the questions from the states where it's not?
  • What are some of the different approaches to dealing with disparate impacts of criminalization in our states?
  • What kinds of reparations are being made for past criminalization?

This special broadcast will air on Saturday, April 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on KOSU. Ask Me Another, Radiolab, and This American Life will be pre-empted. This American Life will still re-air on Sunday at 4 p.m. and all three pre-empted shows can still be heard on their respective websites.