Legalized recreational and medicinal cannabis use is spreading across the United States and the globe. For today's episode, we discuss the implications of cannabis legalization and ways to reduce the harm caused by prohibition by interviewing Dr. Akwasi Owusu-Bempah, an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto, Mississauga. During our conversation, we discuss the racist history behind the term marijuana (30:30), cannabis legalization versus decriminalization (32:12), myths and misconceptions related to the movement to legalize cannabis (34:00), and the international/Canadian war on drugs (36:54). We then have a conversation about the motivations behind cannabis legalization in Canada (40:50), the unintended consequences of cannabis legalization (50:14), the importance of centering equity in the movement to legalize cannabis (56:10), and the future of legalization across the globe (57:53). We close by having a conversation about Dr. Owusu-Bempah's research on Black men's experiences with police in Toronto (1:01:15), the response to police misconduct/brutality in Canada compared to the US (1:09:37), and how the election of Donald Trump has shaped conversations about criminal justice (1:11:24).
Other Topics Include:
00:30 - Catch up with Ty and Daphne
03:20 - BhD "Oh Lawd" News
25:00 - Introduction of the Topic
28:15 - Learn more about Dr. Akwasi Owusu-Bempah
1:16:25 - Ty and Daphne Reflect on the Interview
For this episode, Ty and Daphne discuss life, recent news, and politics. After catching up (00:30), the hosts discuss "Oh Lawd" news (03:34), including a mass layoff over Christmas break (4:05), the increase in emergency room visits following the legalization of cannabis in Illinois (6:29), and a bizarre North Korea political crime (8:06). They then discuss recent pop culture debates about love, marriage, and cheating. Specifically, they have a conversation about Mike Tyson's comments on interracial dating (10:04), Loni Love's remarks about cheating among Black men (21:45), the data related to race and faithfulness in relationships (28:25), the factors behind racial differences in marriage rates (33:30), and how gender roles shape marriage satisfaction and divorce (41:34). Ty and Daphne then switch gears by discussing health and the best and worst diets of 2020 (49:42). Next, the hosts have a conversation about the British royal family drama (56:00) as well as Meghan Markle's self-identification and the role of race in her treatment in the British press (58:30). Ty and Daphne wrap up the episode by sharing their thoughts on millennials' limited upward mobility (1:04:30), the latest developments related to the Democratic primary (1:10:15), and tensions between the US and Iran following Trump's decision to authorize Soleimani's killing (1:15:32).