WNYC and Colorado Public Radio Present "Ask a Legal State: A National Conversation About Pot"

WNYC and Colorado Public Radio Present

WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Will Host Along With CPR’s Ann Marie Awad

Saturday, April 20, from 12pm-3pm ET

(New York, NY—April 16, 2019) —
On Saturday, April 20 (“4/20”), WNYC in New York and Colorado Public Radio will present “Ask a Legal State: A National Conversation About Pot,” a national three-hour call-in show about an important issue on the table in dozens of states: the legalization of cannabis.

Hosted by Peabody Award-winning WNYC host Brian Lehrer, along with Colorado Public Radio’s Murrow Award-winning Ann Marie Awad, “Ask a Legal State: A National Conversation About Pot” will bring together experts and policy makers to share perspectives from states where pot is fully legal, states where it is authorized for medical use, and states where it remains illegal. Topics will include buying, selling, and using cannabis; shifts in public opinion and political will; impacts on policing and racial and social justice; public health ramifications; and more.

Guests will include:

  • Cannabis Wire co-founder Alyson Martin;
  • Author Lizzie Post (Higher Etiquette: A Guide to the World of Cannabis, from Dispensaries to Dinner Parties);
  • NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson;
  • NYU public policy professor Mark Kleinman; and
  • Public radio reporters from stations around the country.

And, importantly, listeners will have an opportunity to call in, ask questions, share perspectives, and talk to their fellow citizens across the country.

“More than 20 states have legalized medical marijuana, and at least 10 states are considering legalizing recreational weed including New York and New Jersey in our own backyard,” said Lehrer. “As laws shift state by state, we will do what public radio does best bring Americans together for a thoughtful, informed conversation about the issues that affect both our public life and our personal lives, connecting experts with citizens, and citizens with each other.”

"I started covering marijuana a few years back when I was an education reporter here in Colorado because legalization tends to intersect with lots of different areas of our society,” said CPR’s Awad, who is host of the forthcoming podcast about pot legalization, On Something. “But it's played out very differently elsewhere, so I'm excited to partner with WNYC to have this national conversation about the ins and outs of legalization."   

“Ask a Legal State” will air on public radio stations across the country. Check local listings for tune-in details or listen online at wnyc.org or at cpr.org.  Listeners can join the conversation online at #WeedToKnow



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