SXSW 2017

Reporters’ Perspectives on Marijuana Legalization


In the 1930s, media coverage related to marijuana was all about reefer madness. By the 1980s and '90s, the conversation had shifted to focus on keeping marijuana away from teenagers. Media coverage was driven by adolescent use rates, whether they were up or down. Today media coverage has evolved and is much different than it was even a decade ago. This panel will discuss the changes in how the media have reported on marijuana over the years through today.

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  1. What led to the shift in how reporters cover marijuana?
  2. How much influence do the media have on public perceptions of marijuana?
  3. How will the media’s portrayal of marijuana change in years to come?



Jacob Sullum, Sr Editor, Reason

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