Assassins of Truth With Rick Cusick (Episode 2)

Assassins of Truth – featuring World of Cannabis Museum Advisory Board member Rick Cusick (Episode 2). In this episode of Cannthropology, host Bobby Black welcomes World of Cannabis Museum Advisory Board member Rick Cusick to discuss a publication with a prominent piece of prohibitionist propaganda: The American Magazine’s “Marijuana—Assassin of Youth” co-authored by infamous anti-cannabis crusader Harry J. Anslinger. 


Rick Cusick is the former editor, ad director, and associate publisher of High Times Magazine. He is also a founding partner of Whoopi Goldberg’s medical marijuana company Whoopi and Maya, a member of the Board of Directors at the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), and Cannabis Business Awards Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. He is currently nearing completion on several books and writes a regular column on the website the


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The World of Cannabis Museum will showcase the influence of cannabis in art, music, film, news, medicine, and politics throughout the past century. From the early days of prohibition and “reefer madness,” to its modern-day mainstream momentum and everything in between: from the legendary growers and breeders who created and propagated all of the iconic strains, to the smugglers who distributed them across the globe; from the activists who have fought for legalization, to the celebrities who have embraced it; from America’s headshops to Amsterdam’s coffeeshops; from the counterculture of the 1960s, the excesses of the ’70s, and the Drug War hysteria of the ’80s, to the rise of medical marijuana in the ’90s and the march toward legalization and mainstream acceptance in the new millennium—all of this and more we plan to explore in this unprecedented exhibition. Coming soon!


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