Authors Assess Evolving Cannabis Laws in Next Marijuana Research Talk

Investigative journalists Alyson Martin and Nushin Rashidian will discuss their book, A New Leaf – The End of Cannabis Prohibition, in a presentation on Monday, April 28 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 in the Behavioral and Social Sciences building, room 162. The event is the latest installment of the Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research’s speaker series. It is free and open to the public.

Both award-winning journalists, Martin and Rashidian collaborated to publish their first book. Both have have written for the New York Times and The Nation, while Martin’s work has also appeared in the Associated Press, and Rashidian’s in the Tehran Bureau.

Martin and Rashidian will survey the historical uses of cannabis as medicine, which has been traced to 4000 B.C. China. They will also investigate the War on Drugs and its relationship to cannabis. According to the authors, of the 1.53 million drug arrests made in 2011, 49.5 percent were for cannabis.

Published in 2014, “A New Leaf,” is available from The New Press. For more information, visit the publisher’s website at