Colorful Colorado

Cannabis in Colorado

What A Strange Trip It’s Been

Colorado made history in 2012 by becoming one of two states to legalize the production, distribution and sale of recreational cannabis. You might be surprised to learn however that you could also find it here in the nineteenth century. There was a strong relationship between marijuana and sugar beets—two of the most important cash crops in Colorado history. Join Colorado-based historian Nick Johnson as he discusses the history of cannabis in the Centennial State. From the plant’s introduction in the nineteenth century, through its prohibition in the twentieth to its current legal status today, Johnson explores Colorado’s unique experience with this complicated and fascinating plant.

Part 2 of 4 part series - Boom and Bust