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Michael Polson Professorial Lecturer Department of Anthropology

Michael Polson is a Visiting Professor of Anthropology at American University. His primary research, based on 19 months of fieldwork in Northern California, concerns the contentious transformation of marijuana from an illegal to a legal-medical commodity. His work specifically focuses on the role of producer-patient activism in Northern California’s regional political economy. He has published in PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review on the production and capture of rent in the marijuana economy and Territory, Politics, Governance on the reterritorialization of marijuana in the transition from criminal to civil governance. He is currently working on a contribution to an international paper series on neoliberalism and economic deviance and transforming his dissertation, entitled Through the Gateway: Marijuana Production, Governance, and the Drug War Détente, into a book manuscript.
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