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Legalizing Marijuana & Audio Art: Houston Matters for Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The state of Colorado now allows the sale of marijuana for recreational use. Thousands of Coloradans, as well as people from outside the state, have descended on dispensaries to purchase pot legally. The state of Texas has been very conservative for a very long time, so at first glance, it seems unlikely that legalization of marijuana could happen here anytime soon. […]

The state of Colorado now allows the sale of marijuana for recreational use. Thousands of Coloradans, as well as people from outside the state, have descended on dispensaries to purchase pot legally. The state of Texas has been very conservative for a very long time, so at first glance, it seems unlikely that legalization of marijuana could happen here anytime soon. But look a little deeper at what Texas stands for: rugged individualism, freedom from governmental interference – is it really so outrageous to think it could happen in Texas? What are the arguments in favor for legalization? What are the arguments against it? And what does this all have to do with the so-called “war on drugs.”

On this edition of Houston Matters, we consider whether Texas will ever legalize marijuana, for medical or recreational use. We’ll also consider where we stand in the war on drugs. Has it failed? Are there efforts underway to redefine it?

Also this hour: a new study co-authored by a Rice University sociologist suggests if you’re divorced, you stand a better chance of dying accidentally. The study examines the possible links between social relationships, socio-economic status, life expectancy, and quality of life. We’ll learn more about the study and its potential implications.

And: a new Houston exhibit called SonicWorks, open now through March 1st at the DiverseWorks gallery in Midtown, features art installations about or made entirely of audio.

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