The Times podcast: California’s marijuana revolution at 25 years

A man stands among marijuana plants
Rob Jenkins works at Dark Heart Nursery in Oakland in 2018.
(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Marijuana use is now ubiquitous in mainstream culture — even Martha Stewart’s into CBD products thanks to her good pal Snoop Dogg. Despite this, the federal government classifies basically all cannabis-related products as illegal. That stands in the way of things like medical research.


Can California, which sparked a revolution 25 years ago with the legalization of medical marijuana by voters, push the federal government to legalize marijuana once and for all?

Host: Gustavo Arellano

Guest: L.A. Times national reporter Evan Halper

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California changed the country with marijuana legalization. Is it high time for the feds to catch up?

Thousands of California marijuana convictions officially reduced, others dismissed

Editorial: What legalization? California is still the Wild West of illegal marijuana

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