On Friday, December 16, police in Montreal, Canada raided two Cannabis Culture shops, which had recently opened as marijuana dispensaries, and arrested several staffers along with Marc and Jodie Emery, the self-styled Prince and Princess of Pot. To learn more about this story and about marijuana legalization in Canada, we speak with Kirk Tousaw, a barrister who's involved in the case, and with Dana Larsen, a Canadian political activist and marijuana law reformer.
This week on Century Of Lies we talk with Sanho Tree from the Institute for Policy Studies about the President-Elect Trump, his AG pick Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, soon-to-be White House Chief of Staff Reinhold Priebus, fracking the swamp, and the future of drug policy reform.
This week The President talks about marijuana legalization, President-Elect Trump talks drug war with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, and the head of an agency to prevent underage drinking says legalization is scary because she thinks marijuana is a gateway drug.
This week we listen as the New Mexico State Legislature considers heroin treatment as a policy alternative, plus the US government stops the sale of thousands of rifles to the Philippine National Police #BoycottThePhilippines.
This week we talk with Tom Burns, former head of marijuana programs for the state of Oregon, about balancing the needs of patients in a time of broader adult use legalization; and Philippine President Duterte says he's separating from the US over his murderous vigilante drug war #BoycottThePhilippines.
This week we hear more about King County, Seattle, Washington's plan to set up two supervised drug consumption facilities, plus we talk with hemp activist Courtney Moran, legalization activist Jodie Emery, and Project PC's Megan Holt.
King County, Seattle, Washington, will soon have two supervised drug consumption facilities. That recommendation is part of a final report by King County's Heroin and Prescription Opiate Task Force, which released its final report on Thursday Sept. 15.
This week on part two of our Seattle Hempfest special: reform beyond Washington state, with audio from Jodie Emery (Canada), Keith Saunders (MA/NH), Rachel Kurtz (OR), Danielle Muggli (MT), and Serra Frank (ID).
This week we come to you live from Seattle Hempfest! We hear from travel guru Rick Steves, Hempfest honchos Vivian McPeak and John Davis, reformer and hemp advocate Joy Beckerman, plus activist and entrepreneur Alison Draisin.
We talk with Rick Doblin from MAPS about the DEA's new rules on cultivating marijuana for research purposes, and we talk with Lorenzo Jones of the Katal Center about police in the community and effective community policing.
This week we attended Portland's Summer Fair, a free marijuana expo, and spoke with noted author and marijuana grow expert Jorge Cervantes, attorney and agricultural best practices expert Chris Van Hook of Clean Green Certification, and Portland area entrepreneur and business owner Adrian Brown.
US Senator Tim Kaine talks about states as laboratories of democracy, and asks whether marijuana legalization has impacted heroin production; Senator Ed Markey talks about overdose deaths, and asks whether the administration has been ignoring Fentanyl coming in from China and Mexico; and Senator Marco Rubio speaks sensibly about alcohol, other drugs, and drug addiction.
The Veterans Affairs department releases a new estimate of veteran suicides -- 20 per day in 2014 -- and we speak with the authors of new research showing that medical marijuana laws are associated with a reduction in prescription medication use.
This week: the Adult Use of Marijuana Act is officially Proposition 63 on California's November election ballot; many medical marijuana dispensaries have closed in Washington state as the adult use system rolls over the medical program; and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime releases the new World Drug Report.
This week: we talk with Steve Rolles with the UK's Transform Drug Policy Foundation about Brexit and the future of drug policy in the UK and the EU; plus the UN's recent General Assembly High-Level Meeting on AIDS featured discussions about injection drug use and HIV/AIDS, so we hear some audio from that.
We hear from Jesce Horton and Charlo Greene with the Minority Cannabis Business Association, and the US Senate Homeland Security Committee hears about harm reduction, supervised injection facilities, and heroin maintenance treatment.
The European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction releases its annual European Drug Report; we listen in on the Oregon Liquor Control Commission as it decides on rules for legal adult social use marijuana; and we talk about Booze Culture.
This week we speak with Shaleen Title, a business owner and activist who's on the board of directors of the Minority Cannabis Business Association, and with Ngaio Bealum, who's a journalist, comedian, activist, and also a member of the board of directors for the Minority Cannabis Business Association.
This week we bring you sounds from the first annual cannabis Cultivation Classic in Portland, Oregon, including interviews with US Representative Earl Blumenauer, author Robert C. Clarke, and activist Madeline Martinez.
This week: more from the recent UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs, the UNGASS. We speak with Adam Eidinger with DC Marijuana Justice; author, journalist, and hemp advocate Doug Fine; and radical journalist and drug policy reformer Enrico Fletzer.
This week on Century Of Lies we speak with Dr. Ciara Torres, a researcher and postdoctoral research fellow at the Columbia University School of Social Work; and with Phil Smith, reporter and editor at the Drug War Chronicle and AlterNet; plus part of an interview with Billy Murphy, Jr. the legendary Baltimore criminal defense attorney who represented the family of Freddie Gray, a young man who was murdered by Baltimore police in 2015.
This week on Century Of Lies, host Doug McVay and DTN Executive Producer Dean Becker are at the Patients Out of Time conference. They talk with Neill Franklin, Executive Director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, about marijuana, the drug war, the murder of Freddy Gray, Baltimore, and how #BlackLivesMatter has influenced the drug policy debate.
This week on Century Of Lies we continue to look ahead at the UN General Assembly Special Session on drugs that will be held April 19-21 at UN Headquarters in New York, and hear from Donald MacPherson of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition and Aram Barra with Mexico United Against Crime.
This week we continue preparing for the UN General Assembly Special Session on drugs, which will be held April 19 and 20 at UN headquarters in New York, by hearing from two of reform's leading opponents: Singapore and Russia.
This week we continue our look at preparations for the upcoming UN General Assembly Special Session on drugs and hear representatives from the European Union, Canada, and New Zealand, plus a special message from Mary Lynn Mathre, president and co-founder of Patients Out of Time, about their conference coming up in April.
This week we feature interviews with Betty Aldworth, Executive Director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, and Vanessa Caldwell, a member of the New Zealand delegation at the annual meeting of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna and co-chair of New Zealand's National Committee of Addiction Treatment.
This week in preparation for the upcoming UNGASS on the world drug problem, we listen to a debate on whether nations should have alternatives to incarceration for simple possession of drugs, featuring legislators from Canada, Mexico, Nigeria, and Sudan.
This week: we hear a debate on global drug policy before the International Parliamentary Union, featuring Dr. Kasia Malinowska of the Open Society Institute and Professor Kevin Sabet, in preparation for the UN General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem coming up in April.
This week on Century Of Lies, we hear part of a roundtable on Drugs, Human Rights, Community, and Development: Creating synergies between Member States and civil society to empower communities, featuring commentary from Daria Mogucheva of the Eurasian Network of People Who Use Drugs, Lithuania; Tripti Tandon of the Lawyers Collective, India; and Vicki Hanson of the St. Catherine Ganja Growers & Producers Association, Jamaica.
This week we talk medical marijuana with Mike Liszewski, Government Affairs Director for American for Safe Access, plus we talk with Chip Lazenby and James Morris about diversity in the cannabis industry.
This week: at the Cannabis Collaborative Conference in Portland, Oregon, we interview former NBA star Clifford "Uncle Spliffy" Robinson, Aaron Smith and Bethany Moore from National Cannabis Industry Association, David Rheins and Morgan from the Marijuana Business Association, Sam Chapman from New Economy Consulting.
This week we look at human rights and the drug war with audio from Damon Barrett, Director and co-founder of the International Centre on Human Rights and Drug Policy, and The Honorable Mark Golding, Minister of Justice for Jamaica.