Century of Lies
The House Oversight Committee looks at reauthorization of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and the Government Accountability Office examines mismanagement of a federal program that puts military weapons into the hands of local police.
The US House's Lantos Human Rights Commission examined the murderous war against the poor being waged by Philippine police and military under its current president, Rodrigo Duterte, under the guise of a war on drugs. We hear from Ellecer Carlos with the Philippine NGO iDEFEND, Matthew Wells with Amnesty International, and Phelim Kine with Human Rights Watch.
This week: The DPA held a news teleconference to announce the release of their new report on decriminalizing drug use and possession in the US, so we hear from Neill Franklin, Executive Director of Law Enforcement Action Partnership, and Andrea Ritchie, a member of the Movement for Black Lives Policy Table. Plus, Rep. John Conyers speaking against HR 2851, the federal Stop the Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogues Act.
This week: the Oregon Legislature has passed a bill to force law enforcement to begin addressing racial profiling, and which also reduces simple possession of some drugs from a felony to a misdemeanor; plus the Oregon Justice Resource Center has released a guide on organizing against mass incarceration, to learn more about it we speak to OJRC Political Director Kate Gonsalves.
This week we speak with Sarah Merrigan, who's an organizer and drug policy reform activist in Nebraska; Energy Secretary Rick Perry compares state marijuana legalization with state climate control legislation; and the United Nations issues World Drug Report 2017.
In memory of drug policy reformer and marijuana activist Mickey Martin we present an interview from 2013, plus June 26th is the Global Day of Action for Drug Policy Reform so we speak with Fergal Eccles of Students for Sensible Drug Policy Ireland about harm reduction and reform activism #SupportDontPunish #HelpNotHarm
Congressional appropriators question the Department of Justice about drug policy and medical marijuana, plus members of Congress re-introduce legislation to protect medical marijuana patients.
This week we hear more from a debate in the Irish Senate on a bill to decriminalize simple personal possession of drugs, with speakers including Senator Matt Daly, Senator Victor Boyhan, Ireland's Drug Czar Catherine Byrne, and Senator Lynne Ruane.