Podcast: What’s with the Western pot boom?

Amid a patchwork of regulations, marijuana is becoming a legitimate industry.

 

Range podcast produces stories of the New American West and is co-hosted by reporters Amy Westervelt and Julia Ritchey. 

Amid a patchwork of regulations, marijuana is becoming a legitimate industry in the West, but there's still a lot of confusion about who can grow (or smoke) what, and where, and what sort of distinction should exist between recreational and medical usage. Proponents of medical marijuana are careful not to judge recreational users, but many do worry that issues in the recreational market could threaten what they see as a very necessary treatment for a variety of illnesses, ranging from multiple sclerosis to cancer to PTSD.

On the most recent episode of Range, we spoke with Eva Grossman, a patient who had such great results from medical marijuana that she became something of an evangelist, eventually selling her house in Florida and moving across the country to Nevada, where she now runs the state's first medical cannabis outpost, Sierra Wellness. 

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Eva Grossman runs Nevada's first medical cannabis outpost, Sierra Wellness.

Homepage photo: Starbuds store manager Peter Mutty displays a marijuana strain called godfather OG in in Pueblo, Colorado. Photo by Brooke Warren