Jodie Emery was one of the key players to pave the way to legalization. She’s also a convicted felon and her crimes aren’t petty—they include trafficking and money laundering. Now that weed is legal, she’s fighting to clear her name. In this episode, Emery sparks a joint as she tells Shauna about her thoughts on the federal government’s decision to pardon those with minor pot-related convictions.
Back in the days of big band and bootleggers, the government was cracking down on mind-altering substances like opium and cocaine. And somehow, cannabis ended up tacked on to that list. In this episode, Shauna takes us back 95 years to when prohibition began—then through the decades as the cannabis subculture continued to grow outside the law. She sits down with professor, author and PhD Dan Malleck to ask the question: How, exactly, did cannabis get such a bad rap?
It took decades of activism to make cannabis legal in Canada. On this episode, Shauna sits down with Robin Ellins, a Toronto man who dedicated his life and business to legalization. Together, Ellins and Shauna describe the long, strange road to legalization, work to debunk some of those stoner stereotypes and take you inside The Friendly Stranger, the finest head shop—sorry, cannabis culture shop.