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May 28, 2021

In 1992 the family sitcom Dinosaurs aired a "very special episode" that was a very thinly veiled allegory for marijuana. The show ultimately tries to play it off like a parody of "very special episodes," but before it gets to that point it repeats some of the same decades-old stereotypes that had long been used to stigmatize cannabis. Brian "Box" Brown, the Eisner Award-winning cartoonist who has documented the lives of Andre the Giant and Andy Kaufman, and who detailed the roots of the War on Drugs in Cannabis: The Illegalization of Weed in America, joins Garrett Martin to discuss "A New Leaf" and how it embraces the racist history of anti-cannabis propaganda.