Century of Lies
A new report by the Drug Policy Alliance, From Prohibition to Progress: A Status Report on Marijuana Legalization, demonstrates how and why marijuana legalization is working so far, On this week's show, we hear from: Jolene Forman, Staff Attorney, Drug Policy Alliance (report author); Representative Reggie Jones-Sawyer, California State Assembly Member and author of the Legal Cannabis Protection Act; Representative Jonathan Singer, General Assembly Member, Colorado; Shaleen Title, Commissioner, Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission; and Roseanne Scotti, Senior Director of Resident States and New Jersey State Director, Drug Policy Alliance (moderator).
Guest(s): Jolene Forman
The UK House of Parliament held a debate recently on safe injection sites, otherwise known as drug consumption rooms. On today's show, we hear from Ronnie Cowan, MP from Inverclyde; Thangam Debbonaire, MP for Bristol West; and Alison Thewliss, MP for Glasgow Central.
Guest(s): Ronnie Cowan
Committees of the New York State Assembly hear about marijuana legalization from panels of experts, and Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) speaks on the House floor about marijuana law reform.
Guest(s): Earl Blumenauer
Movement leaders and elected officials are speaking out against this week's decision by the current administration to rescind previous guidelines on marijuana enforcement, returning to the policies of the Bush and Clinton eras. On this week's show, we hear from a leading Congressional drug policy reformer, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ).
Guest(s): Cory Booker
This week we talk with comedian and journalist Ngaio Bealum about the past year, and we take a look ahead to 2018.
Guest(s): Ngaio Bealum
This week we hear from US Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) about the Marijuana Justice Act, and from Professor Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, about the criminalization of poverty in America.
Guest(s): Doug McVay
Organization(s): Drug War Facts
This week we speak with Rick Lines, Executive Director of Harm Reduction International, about human rights, the drug war, and his new book "Drug Control and Human Rights in International Law."
Guest(s): Rick Lines
Organization(s): Harm Reduction International
This week we hear from Michelle Alexander about building the movement for racial justice and drug policy reform. Michelle Alexander is a highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate, and legal scholar, and the author of The New Jim Crow. She delivered a keynote address at the Drug Policy Alliance's 2017 International Reform Conference.
Guest(s): Michelle Alexander
We speak with journalist Maia Szalavitz and policy expert Sanho Tree about federal drug policy and this week's announcement that presidential adviser and spin doctor Kellyanne Conway will head up White House efforts in regard to opioids.
Guest(s): Maia Szalavitz
On Century of Lies this week: the city of Seattle adopted a new budget which includes money to start up a supervised consumption facility, so we hear from Seattle residents Terina James and Marlys McConnell, and also from Seattle City Councilmember Rob Johnson. Plus, the UK House of Commons held a debate recently on the human and financial costs of drug addiction, so we hear from Norman Lamb, Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for North Norfolk, and from Crispin Blunt, Conservative Member of Parliament for Reigate.
Guest(s): Rob Johnson
Organization(s): City Council