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Thursday, April 11th | 6:30PM-8:00PM | History Happy Hour: Reefer Madness

Thursday, April 11th | 6:30PM-8:00PM | History Happy Hour: Reefer Madness


The legalization of cannabis is on the rise around America, but did you ever wonder why was it prohibited in the first place? In this class we’ll take a look back on the many uses of cannabis throughout history before we dive into how sensationalist journalism, racism, and the rise of big business came together to vilify this plant in the early 20th century. We’ll place a special emphasis on propaganda films like Reefer Madness and Marihuana: Weed with Roots in Hell that created a culture of fear around one of humanity’s longest used resources. Bringing it up to the present, we will also discuss how public perception and use of cannabis developed over the last century and society’s recent re-acceptance of it as a medicinal and recreational drug.

Please note: Each ticket includes one happy hour drink, or a non-alcoholic drink, of your choice. Drinks and mingling will take place from 6:30pm-7:00pm, and the class itself will run from 7:00pm-8:00pm.

This class will take place at Nox Cocktail Lounge, located at 302 Goodman St N., Rochester NY, 14607.

About the teacher:
Maya Rook is a historian, artist, and writer living in Rochester, NY. She holds an MA in American History from the University at Albany and seeks to better understand the human mind and heart through the practice of history. As a college instructor and public speaker, Maya strives to blend critical insight with humor and empathy in her investigations of the past.

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