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Cannabis Geographies 2: Placemaking

Type: Paper
Theme: The Changing North American Continent
Sponsor Groups: Economic Geography Specialty Group, Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group, Legal Geography Specialty Group
Organizers: Chris Duvall, Noah Silber-Coats
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 session gathers current geographical research on placemaking processes centered around cannabis. The rapid and radical changes to the plant's legal status over the past decade have allowed people to imagine and produce new places across the U.S. These papers assess the material and conceptual conditions that are forming novel sites and ideas of cannabis production and use.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Noah Silber-Coats*, University of Arizona - Geography & Development, Beyond the Balloon: Reconsidering spatial imaginaries for the political economy of cannabis in a more-than-prohibition context 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Chelsea Jack*, Yale University, "An Atmosphere of Dreams": Hemp, CBD, and Aromatic Landscapes in the Hudson River Valley 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Adam Keul*, Plymouth State University, Brian Eisenhauer, Plymouth State University, Legal cannabis and tourism: the production of experiences and spaces 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Ashley Lanier*, , Fritz Kessler, Penn State , Marijuana Dispensary Locations and the Spatial Autocorrelation of Crime Rates in Denver, Colorado 15 12:00 AM
Discussant Robert Chlala University of Southern California 15 12:00 AM

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