Dr. Richard Watkins, former Texas warden joins prominent Houston attorney Clay Conrad, the author of Jury Nullification to discuss jail overcrowding around the US. PLUS we have an interview with Freeway Rick Ross, the LA entrepreneur the CIA chose to sell a billion dollars worth of cocaine for them, to finance the Iran Contra affair.
|Cultural Baggage is DTN's longest running broadcast program with 18 years as of October 2019. We are proud to have more than three dozen affiliate stations in the US and Canada broadcasting our 29 minutes of unvarnished truth about the failure and futility of this eternal prohibition of drugs. Produced by former cop Dean Becker at KPFT, Houston, one of the 5 Pacifica "sister" stations.|
Julian Buchanan a New Zealand Doctor is author of dozens of essays outlining the horrendous failures of drug war policy,
Howard Wooldridge wore the badge of law enforcement for more than 18 years. He was a co founder of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. Howard is a long rider, world traveler and visits the offices of the US Congress on a regualar basis. He just returned from a 6 week tour of Europe.
Timothy McMahan King is a writer, nonprofit professional, Senior Fellow for Clergy for a New Drug Policy and the owner of Vagabond Strategies. He has worked as a community organizer in Chicago, a chief strategy officer with Sojourners, and has served as a consultant for national non-profits, advocacy campaigns and political candidates.
The author of Addiction Nation: What the Opioid Crisis Reveals About Us, King is an active advocate for those in recovery and to reform United States drug policy. PLUS one minute of the new drug czar Dr. Rahul Gupta making some sense.
President Ruth Dreifuss , first woman to hold the Swiss presidency, is the founder and president of the Global Commission on Drug Policy. The commission wants “responsible state control, from production to consumption of drugs” but that the opposite is now the case. “It’s an unregulated market in the hands of criminal groups.”
Rick Steves the travel writer and PBS star joins us to talk about cannabis laws, drug reform and progress around the world + Nurse Ken Wolski Exec Director: Coalition for Medical Marijuana--New Jersey, Inc, discusses medical cannabis laws, need for home grow
Tris Tristone of High Desert Pure discuses changes and comparisons of Washngton State drug laws to those of Texas and elsewhere PLUS Matt Elrod, computer guru and drug reformer extraordinaire..
Keri Blakinger covers breaking news, prisons and the death penalty. She was hired at the Houston Chronicle through the Hearst Fellows program. After three years at the Chronicle, she moved to The Marshall Project. PLUS: Debby Goldsberry, cannabis dispensary owner, author of Starting & Running a Marijuana Business (Idiot's Guides) She is a partner in Bridgetown Solutions, providing cannabis operators with real-world business intelligence.
Sanho Tree is a Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and has been Director of its Drug Policy Project since 1998. A former military and diplomatic historian, his current work encompasses the reform of both international and domestic drug policies by promoting alternatives to the failed prohibitionist model. In recent years the project has focused on ending the damage caused by the drug wars in Colombia, Bolivia, Mexico, Afghanistan, and the Philippines. Establishing humane and sustainable alternatives to the drug war fits into the IPS mandate as one of the major contemporary social justice issues at home and abroad.
Eric Sterling who worked with the US congress to craft many of our nations drug laws Plus Dr. Richard Andrews a Houston doctor working with patients praciticing harm reduction of opiates.