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.
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.
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.
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.
US AG Sessions & DEA Admin Patterson, Former Police Chiefs of Houston Clarence Bradford and Charles McClelland Jr, pot now legal in Mass, Doug McVay DTN reporter re Paradise Papers, Rick Steves re cannabis law, Shanty Owen NY drug counselor
Carrie Stefanson of Vancouver Health re safe consumption of drugs/(14:13)Andy Watson of B.C. Coroner Services/(23:34)Neill Franklin Dir of LEAP/(41:15)Paul Armentano Dep Dir of NORML/(50:13)Sam Chapman Dir of Safer Spaces in Portland
Fentanyl deaths in Canada per CBC, (7:15) B.C. reporter Matt Elrod, (19:10) NBC report on Safe Injection plan for Colo, (22:06) Donnie Varnell N. Carolina Harm Reduction, (27:30) Michael Krawitz Dir Veterans for Med Cannabis, (33:30) Tony Newman Dir Media Drug Policy Alliance, (49:25) Mark Linday Greenspring (hemp co), (53:00) Alexis Bortell, 12 Yr old suing AG for legal weed
(0:45) Dr. Carl Hart on ignorance of drug war, (2:35) DPA Conf on "drug induced homicide" with Lindsey LaSalle, Peter Bruan & Lisa Wilkins, (28:40) Toxicologist Dr. Michael Beuhler re fentanyl fears, (35:20) DPA Conf "drugs + kids = prison" with Asha Bandele of DPA, Deborah Small of Johns Hopkins & author Liza Jess Peterson (43:55) Lynn Paltrow Dir Natl Advocates for Pregnant Women
DPA Conf 4: Jeff Higgins former DEA Spec Agent, Suzanne Sharkey UK LEAP, Howard Wooldridge DC activist, Ethan Nadelmann retired head of DPA, Mitchel Gomez of Dance Safe, Holly from San Fran Drug Users Union + Abolitionist Moment
DPA Conference IV: Donnie Wirtschafter Ohio Atty, David McKinney of FlaCan, Diane Goldstein winner of DPA's Spier Award, Jeff Malansky who served 23+ years for weed, Heather Fazio of Texas MPP & Neill Franklin Dir of Law Enforcement Action Partnership + Steve Rolles UK reformer & Dr. Sanjay Gupta courtesty CNN & Congressman Blumenaur re opiate crisis
Drug Policy Alliance Conference: Neal Woods author of Good Cop Bad War and Dir of LEAP UK, Andre Hirsh & Maya Odarian of Caravan for Peace, Rick Steves of PBS fame,Sarah Gale of Zendo Project, Mike Margolis of Psymposia, Richard Van Wicker of LEAP US, Tony Poppa of DPA & Ira Glasser former head of ACLU
Cannabis Conference III: Dylan Wilkes of Orange Phototonics, Benjamin Landaverde of OG Cannabis Ins, Chris Farrel of Scientific Inhalations, Brian Whitaker of Axiom Designs, Troy Dayton Pres of Arcview Group +++ Doug McVay segments with Oregon State Senator Lew Frederick about racial profiling, criminal justice, drug policy reform, and Oregon's House Bill 2355 which passed earlier this year.
California Cannabis Conference: Nicole Webber of Nug Digital, Dana Cisnero Cannabis Atty, Johnathan Heiniemi of ShieldNSeal, Martin Kaufman of Grasshopper Vending, Jigness Padhiyar of Matchmaker420, John Huusfeldt of Sunbelt Realty, Fadi Yushruti of RootScience, Swami Chaitanya +++ In the second half Doug McVay focuses on human rights and the drug war. We hear from Zaved Mahmoud with the UN's Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and from Christine Brautigam with UN Women, plus John Fisher addresses the UN Human Rights Council about human rights abuses in the Philippines.
California Cannabis Business Conference: Andrew DeAngelo of Harborside Health, Ellen Komp of CANORML, Mathew Vera Acct, Steve Brown Evio Labs,Robert Chavez Seed to Sale, Michael Tesoro Search, Yaro Cluber Lucerne Realty, Brian Herman 3 A Light, Michael Heron Amercanex, Thomas Dorsey MJ Pkg, Ketch & Andy Elias Quicksilver - From Anaheim
Reports from Canada re July 2018 efforts to "legalize" cannabis featuring Kevin Sabet from Smart Approaches, Canadian activists Dana Larsen, Marc Emery & Jodie Emery + Doug McVay DTN reporter co-hosts Elinore McCance-Katz, MD, Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use in the Department of Health and Human Services; Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Paul Butler, former Fed prosecutor & author of Choke Hold (Policing Black Men), Jodie Emery Canada's Princess of Pot + Matt Elrod &Philippe Lucas on CA "legalization", Derrick Rosenfeld of DPA re deadly drug war games online &in Philippines
Maia Szalavitz, journalist/author/drug reformer, Corey Mendes busted during Harvey, Andrea Wimberly Tx cannabis patient, Julie Ann Genter NZ MP, Texas Atty Clay Conrad on jury nullification, loss of rights
George Karandinos article on opiod crisis in Guardian, Deborah Small of Break the Chains, Neill Franklin Dir of LEAP, Josh Drayton re Anaheim Cannabis Conf Sept 21-22, Bill Piper Dep Dir of DPA, song Eternal War NOTE: For those airing half hour CB, 29:00 mark on this hour program designed to fit exactly. Next week, one hour only show.
Ethan Nadelmann former Dir of DPA, Betty Aldworth at Hempfest, former Chicago prosecutor James Gierach, Dr. Joel Hochman's advice to drug victims + Trump, editorials, Safe Injection news & Willie Nelson. Hour show (58:00)
Time to Decriminalize Drugs Conf: Jag Davies of Drug Policy Alliance, Emily Kaltenbach - DPA, Tess Borden - Human Rights Watch and ACLU, Juan Cartagena - LatinoJustice PRLDEF + Pioneering activist John Sajo re Oregon's push to decriminalize all drugs
Berkeley Medical Cannabis Conference: Irv Rosenfeld who is supplied by US Govt, Mike Krawits Dir of Vets for Med Cann, author Jorge Cervantes, author/cannabis expert Chris Conrad, Nick Marrrow former cops now cannabis expert
Kim Ogg, District Attorney of Houston Texas re cannabis, bail reform, Dr. Elias Jackson, MMJ Patients: Ramano Harding & Gretchen Majnadi at Global Marijuana March, Heather Fazio of MPP re Texas' near misses
"Not One Step Back" Drug Policy Alliance conference in Atlanta with Deborah Small, Police Chief Joe Chevalier, Georgia Senator Harold Jones, Author Susan Burton, Patricia Sully harm reductionist, Jeb Sessions
Paul Armentano, Dep Dir of NORML, report on Canada attempt to legalize, Glenn Muse re problems with synthetic "weed" in Texas, former Police Chief of Seattle Norm Stamper, Phil Smith of StopTheDrugWar.org
Eric Sterling of Criminal Justice Policy Foundation & Neill Franklin Dir of Law Enforcement Action Partnership decry fallacy of drug war + artist Ellen Bukstel discussion about her song Who's the Pusher Now?
Major Neill Franklin Dir of LEAP touring Texas, Rep Joe Moody seeks marijuana law change + dozens speak in support, Atty Randall Kallinen re wacko Waco shootout lawsuit, Jodie Emery re major shakedown in Canada, WSB report of Georgia legislators standing tall for drug law reform
Kim Ogg, DA of Houston re Misdemeanor Marijuana Diversion Program stopping 12,000 arrests per year w/ Sylvester Turner Mayor of Houston, Art Acevedo Houston Police Chief, Ed Gonzalez Sheriff of Houston & Texas Rep Joe Moody re decrim bill
David Bearman M.D., Co-founder of American Academy of Cannabinoid medicine, author of new book: Drugs Are Not The Devils Tools - How Discrimination and Greed Created a Dysfunctional Drug Policy and How It Can be Fixed
Texas Rep Beto O"Rourke, Texas medical cannabis patients Erica Tucker busted for cannabis & breast feeding in Johnson Co where the DA under investigation for corruption, Makayla Farley & her grandpa Phillip Blanton busted for trying to bring MMJ from California to her hospital bed