NPR’s Michel Martin speaks with journalist Heather Cabot about her latest book, The New Chardonnay: The Unlikely Story of How Marijuana Went Mainstream.
MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:
It wasn’t so long ago that a taste for marijuana could get you labeled a deadbeat loser or, worse, a criminal – labels that were too often attached to people of color. But these days, things are very different. In much of the country, the proverbial suburban moms who might otherwise unwind with a glass of Chardonnay might just as easily pick up an edible or joint. And on the way, they’re helping to create a multibillion-dollar business. But it isn’t all smooth sailing, and it’s by no means fair.
So how did all that happen? Journalist Heather Cabot tells the story in her new book, “The New Chardonnay: The Unlikely Story Of How Marijuana Went Mainstream.” And Heather Cabot is with us now to tell us more about it.
Welcome. Thank you for joining us.