Today on Hempresent our host Vivian McPeak is joined by Amanda Chicago Lewis, cannabis writer from Rolling Stone Magazine. Amanda reports and writes stories about cannabis, as it relates to policy, politics, science, economics, culture, race, public safety, and criminal justice. She has written about the impossible dream of a marijuana breathalyzer, the $50,000 bongs that weed moguls use to launder money, and the ways that the conflicts between state and federal marijuana law have forced sick people back into the unregulated medical circumstances of the late 19th century, before the FDA, when it was entirely unclear what a jar of medicine might actually contain.
Amanda is particularly interested in public health, the influence of special interests, and the ways in which the documented racial disparities of drug law enforcement are being cemented into the details of legalization. She tries to tell the stories of representative stakeholders in order to hold those in power accountable and better inform and educate citizens, legislators, and other journalists.