By Anne Brice
This is Fiat Vox, a podcast that brings you news from, for and about UC Berkeley from the Office of Communications and Public Affairs. I’m Anne Brice.
Most of us know by now that recreational cannabis became legal in California on January 1st. But that doesn’t mean the stigma of using cannabis just goes away — and, in fact, the federal government is still fighting to keep it criminalized. Here’s Eric Siegel. He’s the director of the UC Botanical Garden on campus.
Siegel: “Right now, it’s still very giggle-worthy. People still laugh. They say, ‘Oh, it’s Berkeley, cannabis, fine.’ But we’re trying to shed some of the sense of it being a kind of a silly, hippyish, irrelevant thing and say that this is a real phenomenon and it’s going to change the face of California.”
Siegel says there’s still a lot we don’t know about cannabis, despite its long history of human use.
So the garden is hosting a lecture series called the Science of Cannabis. Each week, an expert — usually a Berkeley professor or lecturer — will explore a different side of cannabis, from the environmental impacts of large-scale cannabis cultivation to the neurological effect of cannabis in our brains.
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