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We have been reporting on marijuana for literally decades. The culture. The consumers. The market. The destructive government policy. The brutally unequal incarceration.

We’ve written about marijuana from almost every angle imaginable. And now that legalization is finally around the corner, we’re launching a special section called Reeferfront Times (most jokes get better, I promise) in the newspaper and online. We’re starting this week with a special weed issue. It’s always worth tracking down a hard copy, but we’ve covered you here with a collection of interviews, essays, and reports.

To start off, we have stories of the nonsensical process of getting medical marijuana outside of general health moralization, a conversation with Jeff Mizanskey, marijuana on campus, and an overview of the dispensaries popping up on the St. Louis subway. Ray Hartmann shares the long, strange journey from “Pot Bad” to “Pot Good” and doesn’t think we’ve forgotten the migration of cannabis to the grocery store. In the future, expect coverage of the Wild West’s booming industry and Missouri’s renewed efforts to legalize recreational activities.

To lead the way, we introduce RFT’s new cannabis correspondent Thomas K. Chimchards, a pseudonymous Man of Mystery whose debut pillar is an instant classic. Tommy Chims (@TOMMYCHIMS on Twitter) explains his plans very well, and I’m not going to double down here, but you will want to read it.

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Below is an overview of the latest developments:

Tommy Chims: Farewell to Weed Man

Jeff Mizanskey on living after a life judgment for marijuana

My doctor couldn’t prescribe medical marijuana. a stranger might

Hartmann: The strange, nostalgic journey to legalize marijuana

Marijuana Dispensaries on the St. Louis Metro (A List)

Dave Owens brings a chef’s sensibility to THC-infused foods

College dabbers and dabblers

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