Podcast: Oregon's Celebratory Embrace Of Legal Recreational Cannabis

Anthony Johnson, director of New Approach Oregon, is a longtime cannabis activist. He helped lead the drive to introduce and pass Measure 91 last November, which set the stage for legalizing cannabis in Oregon. Even though the majority voted in support of legalization, Johnson was still surprised and hearted by the "Space Mountain" size lines on the first day cannabis could be sold in dispensaries across the state. In this edition of the Civilized podcast, associate editor James McClure spoke with Johnson by phone from Cannacea, one of the most popular dispensaries in Portland. They spoke about the celebratory atmosphere in downtown Portland, and why this was such a milestone in the progressive movement to legalize cannabis and make it an accepted part of the culture in Oregon. Enjoy this edited and condensed part of their conversation.


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