By Peter Handel, TRUTHOUT on May 22, 2023
A true end to the war would also entail reparations to communities of color and the expungement of criminal records.
As the number of states legalizing cannabis and the public support for legalization continues to grow, it may seem safe to assume that the governing class has ended its war on weed. But Peter Grinspoon, M.D., author of Seeing Through the Smoke: A Cannabis Specialist Untangles the Truth about Marijuana, says that would be premature. The war on weed isn’t over, and the casualties are still alarmingly high in communities of color. Grinspoon — a primary care physician and cannabis specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital, as well as an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School who keeps a close watch on the politics of marijuana — argues that it’s time to end the war on cannabis, provide reparations to communities of color and expunge criminal records. Only then can we truly declare the war on weed over.
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