Smoke Screen: Under the Influence of Marijuana Politics & Power
NACA SHOWCASING ARTIST - NATIONALS LECTURE SHOWCASE 2016, WEST LECTURE SHOWCASE 2015, NORTHEAST LECTURE SHOWCASE 2015, CENTRAL LECTURE SHOWCASE 2015, SOUTH LECTURE SHOWCASE 2015, MID-ATLANTIC LECTURE SHOWCASE 2015
Over 800,000 people are arrested for marijuana possession in the US each year – this in the same country where our founding father, George Washington, grew marijuana on his farm. Now legal marijuana is one of the fastest growing industries in the US. Merwin Moe Spencer is a marijuana attorney and will introduce you to the history of marijuana growth and its use in the US, the political reasons for why it became illegal, and the origins of its classification as a Schedule 1 Narcotic (the same classification given to heroin). Nixon’s mandate for its Schedule 1 classification has had far-reaching consequences on areas from the economy to race relations and continues to color our politics today. The climate is changing and people are divided on this issue. Moe equips his audiences with the historical and legal facts to make up their own mind on this controversial topic.
[MAR 2016] “The Moe Spencer lecture went really well! It had great attendance for our smaller events (about 170 people) and there was awesome audience participation! Moe was also a great speaker and guest to have at our university; we thoroughly enjoyed having him!” – Camille Awbrey, Lectures and Performing Arts Chair, University of Idaho