Michael Montgomery, reporter at The Center for Investigative Reporting, sits down with Weed Land author Peter Hecht, to delve deep into the cannabis industry, exploring the science, the contradictions, and the economics.
Peter Hecht began reporting on America’s marijuana phenomenon in 2009, starting with a quixotic medical marijuana taxation vote in Oakland and continuing with coverage of pot legalization efforts and cannabis commerce that swept California and beyond. His marijuana coverage was honored for explanatory reporting in the "Best of the West" journalism awards and earned an Excellence in Journalism prize from the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Hecht, a past Best of the West winner for feature writing and immigration and minority affairs reporting, has served as The Sacramento Bee's political writer and Los Angeles bureau chief. He has reported from nine countries in Latin America, and served as a visiting professor of journalism at Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas in Lima, Peru, on behalf of the International Center for Journalists. He holds a master’s degree in Latin American and International Studies from California State University, Sacramento. He was a graduate fellow in international journalism at the University of Southern California and earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from California State University, Fullerton. He lives in Diamond Springs, California.
Michael Montgomery is a reporter and broadcast producer for The Center
for Investigative Reporting. He also is a special correspondent for
KQED Public Radio and contributing producer at American RadioWorks. A
veteran of radio, television and newspapers, Michael reports
extensively on criminal justice and prisons, vulnerable and exploited
populations, and the underground economy.
After completing a Fulbright Fellowship in Eastern Europe, Michael
began his career as a newspaper reporter covering the fall of
communism and wars in former Yugoslavia. He was a foreign
correspondent for The Daily Telegraph and a contributor to the Los
Angeles Times. Michael also served as a staff producer at CBS News and
senior reporter at American Public Media. His work has garnered
national and international prizes including an Overseas Press Club
Award, IRE Certificate, Edward R. Murrow Award, and Alfred I.
duPont-Columbia University Gold and Silver batons.
The Sacramento Bee reporter Peter Hecht, author of Weed Land, describes the high-CBD strain of medical marijuana "Charlotte's Web" used to help children with seizures and how the drug grew from the AIDS epidemic.