Historian Marcel Martel provides perspective on society’s perception of marijuana

Prof. Marcel Martel (at right) with Steve Paikin on The Agenda on TVOIn light of the passage of the federal government’s historic bill on recreational cannabis use, TVO The Agenda’s Steve Paikin interviewed history Professor Marcel Martel about the massive shift in public perception throughout history surrounding the soon-to-be legal drug.

This segment of The Agenda entitled Pot Prohibition: A Long, Strange Trip, had three guests, including Martel, to discuss how society has moved from persecuting the use of marijuana to legalizing it. Martel began by explaining Canada’s role in mobilizing the international community, launching the war on drugs and putting cannabis on the list of drugs that should be illegal.