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On Something

22 EpisodesProduced by Colorado Public RadioWebsite

Even if you don’t use, marijuana is changing the world around you in surprising ways. On Something is a podcast from Colorado Public Radio and PRX about how life has changed in the aftermath of marijuana legalization efforts across the United States. Join journalist Ann Marie Awad as she explores t… read more

22 Episodes | 2019 - 2020

Pot Smuggling 2.0

September 22nd, 2020


It's no secret that cannabis legalization in America is a decision left to states. But it turns out that our patchwork of different laws might create new opportunities for the illicit market to thrive. Investigative …

At War with the War on Drugs

September 8th, 2020


Blues artist Fantastic Negrito was raised in Oakland, California, to believe that the cops will kill you. Kassandra Frederique, head of the Drug …

A Drug Test In The Delivery Room

August 25th, 2020


Gale recently had her first child. Early on in her pregnancy, she admitted to a doctor that she was still using marijuana. The next -- and only -- time it came up was in the delivery room. It set into motion a chain of …

Opioids, Pot and Pain

August 11th, 2020


There's a crisis in this country of opioid addiction and overdose death, and it's tied intimately with how we respond to pain. When Angela Bryan was diagnosed with breast cancer, she was keenly aware that opiates were …

The Medical Marijuana O.G.

July 28th, 2020


Once upon a time on this very podcast, we told you a story about how California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996. The first! …

Willie Nelson: America's Favorite Pot Smoker

July 14th, 2020


Country music legend Willie Nelson is known for a lot of things, including his unabashed love for marijuana and his advocacy for legalization. Ann Marie sat down with Willie to talk about his decades of activism, and …

Trailer: We're Back For Season 2!

June 30th, 2020


We’re back! It’s 2020 and cannabis is somehow legal in more states than it’s not. With a view from Colorado -- an early state to legalize in 2012 -- …

Got Cannabis Questions? Dial-A-Nurse

June 25th, 2020


It’s hard to get good medical advice when it comes to cannabis, even in states where it’s been legal for a long time. That’s why Katherine Golden, an …

Edible For Your Thoughts? A Pandemic Check-In

May 12th, 2020


On Something is back for another bonus episode! How are you doing? We're checking in with a dealer in NYC who says a cooped up city has been good for business. An anxious listener who says weed helps to untie the knot …

Pot for Panic in a Pandemic

April 20th, 2020


Ann's got anxiety. So On Something has come out of hibernation on 4/20, the most auspicious of drug-related holidays, to talk about self-medicating. …

Live From Boston

January 23rd, 2020


It was a night to remember: The On Something team recently headed to Massachusetts for our first-ever live episode. Ann traded notes on legalization with three reporters from the Boston Globe’s cannabis team. The …

Medical Marijuana's Vanishing Act

October 22nd, 2019


There's an unexpected side effect to Colorado's billion-dollar recreational weed industry: It's no longer very profitable to sell medical marijuana. …

Legal Weed As Reparations?

October 8th, 2019


The war on drugs is still alive and well, and the people most often caught in the crossfire are black and brown. Now that weed is legal in many states, most of the people making money off weed are white. With help from …

CBD: The Hype And The Reality

September 24th, 2019


CBD is everywhere these days, but a decade ago it was largely unknown. Martin Lee, one of the founders of the California nonprofit Project CBD, helps us unpack how the CBD craze got started, what makes CBD promising and …

Legal Weed Is Gay

September 10th, 2019


Meet Buck Angel, trans porn star and recent cannabis entrepreneur. His story helps explain why marijuana legalization has special meaning to the LGBTQ community and how AIDS activist and pot dealer Dennis Peron and the …

Neal & Paola: A Love Story

August 27th, 2019


Two star-crossed lovers from different countries hit a major roadblock in their plans to spend their lives together after a brief encounter with weed becomes an issue.

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Puff, Puff, Pray

August 13th, 2019


What does it mean to have a spiritual experience with marijuana? We visit a cannabis church and talk with a psychedelic therapist, and explore how more Americans are seeking enlightenment in surprising new places.

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Shrinking Pot's Carbon Footprint

July 30th, 2019


Up on a Colorado mountainside, Rob Trotter grows marijuana with a goal of producing as little waste as possible. It’s not easy. Cannabis cultivation …

Neal Pollack's Addiction

July 16th, 2019


Texas-based satirist Neal Pollack -- who’s written plenty of pot jokes over the years -- reveals how he became addicted to marijuana, and what he'd …

Weed's Legal Hangover

July 2nd, 2019


Expungement is an issue many states grapple with when they consider legalizing. Two people -- a white woman and a black man -- reflect on their own arrests for marijuana charges when they were 19, and walk us through …

Why Was Weed Illegal Anyway?

June 18th, 2019


Marijuana's history in the U.S. is complicated. Colorado Public Radio reporter Ann Marie Awad explains how cannabis became illegal -- and how we got …

Introducing On Something

June 4th, 2019


It might seem like marijuana legalization only matters if you smoke pot. But more than half of states have legalized in some form, and more are considering it every year. And each state that legalizes seems to discover …

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