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Cannabis Geographies 1: California's Transformation

Type: Paper
Theme: The Changing North American Continent
Sponsor Groups: Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group, Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group, Legal Geography Specialty Group
Organizers: Chris Duvall
Chairs: Chris Duvall


Since the 1990s, the international drug-control regime has eroded because many societies have decided that drug prohibitions produce more problems than benefits. Cannabis has been a prominent focus of drug-policy reforms, which has also enabled expanded production of cannabis for non-drug purposes such as fiber and oilseeds. Many jurisdictions in Europe, North America, South America, and Africa have decriminalized and/or legalized some instances of cannabis production, sales, possession, and use. The emergence of legal, open markets—such as AAG attendees will see in Denver—and the simultaneous persistence of black markets has had complex geographic effects. Yet geographic studies of the plant are surprisingly sparse, and broader knowledge of the plant has been distorted by twentieth-century war-on-drugs politics. This paper session gathers current geographical research on cannabis in California, whose marijuana economy has been enormous for decades and whose cannabis cultures are globally influential. Papers in this session examine the social, cultural, and environmental transformations that are unfolding as the Golden State establishes a legal market for cannabis.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Christopher Dillis*, , Industrialization and geographic trends in the regulated cannabis industry of California 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Van Butsic*, , The cannabis frontier continues in California 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Erin Kelly*, Humboldt State University, Marisa Lia Formosa, Redwood Community Action Agency, Changing Economic and Cultural Impacts of Cannabis Production in a Rural Place in California, USA 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Jason Alexander Douglas*, Chapman University, Olivia Lounsbury, Chapman University, Elmer Camargo, Chapman University, Jacy Sera, Chapman University, Sydney Cheung, Chapman University, Andrew Makoto Subica, University of California, Riverside, Sandra Villanueva, Loyola Marymount University , Cheryl Tawede Grills, Loyola Marymount University, Examining spatiotemporal associations between legal drug outlets and crime and violence 15 12:00 AM
Discussant Anne Short Gianotti Boston University 15 12:00 AM

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