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The Roll-Up #20: Jim Carroll Is Our Drug Czar. That’s Weird.

February 10, 2018
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Leonardo DiCaprio played Jim Carroll, the author, in the movie 'The Basketball Diaries.' The Trump administration just nominated Jim Carroll (not the author) to be the nation's drug czar.

The Roll-Up features Leafly editors Bruce Barcott, Ben Adlin, and Dave Schmader in a Friday morning roundtable about the week’s top cannabis news.

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The Roll-Up

Episode 20: Jim Carroll Is Our Drug Czar. That’s Weird.

This week: The new drug czar is not the author of The Basketball Diaries. In other news: BC Bud is going legal, Bernard Noble gets paroled, Don Cheadle hacks Washington’s track-n-trace system, and ‘Chuck the Sniffer’ gets caught holding 60 pounds. 

What, are you not familiar with the show? Every Friday, Leafly editors Bruce Barcott, Ben Adlin, and Dave Schmader dissect the week’s top stories in cannabis with analysis, arguments, jokes, and obscure cultural references.

The Roll-Up: It’s a news and culture podcast that hits the sweet spot between stoned and scholarly.

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News Stories Mentioned in Episode 20:


Jim Carroll Tapped as Trump’s Drug Czar


Bipartisan Proposal Would Put Cannabis Legalization on Arizona Ballot


Budget Deal Extends Medical Marijuana Protections, but Only Temporarily


California Prosecutors Dropping, Reducing Cannabis Convictions


Bernard Noble, Serving 13 Years for Two Joints, Granted Parole


Washington Regulators: ‘Security Incident’ Caused Cannabis-Tracking Woes


US Postal Service Employees Plead Guilty to Cannabis Theft

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About Our Music:

The theme song for The Roll-Up is “Turn Me On,” from the EP of the same name by The Shivas. Check out their music on iTunes. For more about the band, see their home page, This week’s special drop is “People Who Died,” by the Jim Carroll Band, originally released on their 1980 album Catholic Boy.

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