Maia Szalavitz latest opinion in the NY Times: It's Not Just About Pot. Our Entire Drug Policy Needs an Overhaul. Ms. Szalavitz has once again exposed the failings of our nations eternal war on drugs. She stands with the Global Commission on Drug Policy, with presidents, scientists and major media from around the world in exposing the inner workings and horrible ramifications of believing in drug prohibition.
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Will Foster was busted for weed and sentenced to 93 years in an Oklahoma prison. Will is now the number one grower of legal cannabis in Oklahoma. Norma Sapp is an Okla activist, law writer and mover. Dr. RIchard Andrews is DTN host Becker's doctor..
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.
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.