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Talking About Race: Harm Reduction In Communities of Color

Needle Exchange (credit: ETV News)June 7, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted a preview of an important community event taking place this Thursday evening at 6:30 at University of Baltimore Law School’s Moot Court Room, part of Open Society Institute-Baltimore’s Talking About Race Series: Harm Reduction and Communities of Color.

I spoke with: Kassandra Frederique, New York State Director at the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) and co-author of Blueprint for a Public Health and Safety Approach to Drug PolicySamuel Roberts, Associate Professor of History at Columbia University and Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health; and Scott Nolen, Director of the Drug Addiction Treatment Program at OSI-Baltimore.

Registration and more information on this free event can be by clicking here.

Billie Holiday and the War of Drugs

billieApril 7, 2015 – Segment 1

Today is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Billie Holiday. In honor of her birth, we speak to Johann Hari, author of Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the American Drug War, the centerpiece of which tells the tale of Harry Anslinger, the first head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, and his personal war to destroy Billie Holiday. Holiday struggled with heroin addiction but was also emblematic of the fearlessness of standing up against racism. Anslinger was a racist and he hated jazz, so Billie Holiday embodied all that he loathed.


Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the American Drug War

billieMarch 20, 2015 – Segment 4

We speak with Johann Hari, author of Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the American Drug War, about the US’s war on drugs and the federal government’s fight against Bille Holiday.


NAACP Criminal Justice Director Dr. Niaz Kasravi

niazApril 28, 2014 – Segment 2

We have a conversation with NAACP Criminal Justice Director Dr. Niaz Kasravi about mass incarceration and the war on drugs.

 

 

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Will Marijuana Be Legalized This Year In Maryland?

blackberryFebruary 20, 2014 – Segment 2

We discuss the potential legalization of marijuana in Maryland. We speak to members of the Marijuana Policy Coalition of Maryland: Retired Major Neill Franklin, Executive Director of LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) and a 33-year police veteran; Rachelle Yeung, Legislative Analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project; and Sara Love, Public Policy Director of the ACLU of Maryland.

We next move to a political debate with panelists who hold opposing views on legalizing marijuana, including: Retired Major Neill Franklin, Executive Director of LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) and a 33-year police veteran; Delegate Sam Arora, Democrat, District 19, Montgomery County; Delegate Dr. Dan Morhaim, Democrat, District 11, Baltimore County; and Delegate Cathy Vitale, Republican, District 33A, Anne Arundel County.

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Countdown To The Annapolis Summit: Marijuana Policy

reeferDecember 27, 2013 – Segment 2

This week in our series Countdown to the Annapolis Summit, we discuss marijuana policy in Maryland. Should marijuana be decriminalized, legalized, or remain illegal? We discuss that issue with:

  • Greg Kline, Attorney, Co-founder and contributing editor for Red Maryland, host of the Conservative Refuge Podcast and co-host of the Red Maryland Radio;
  • Sen. Jamie Raskin, Maryland State Senator representing the 20th district in Montgomery County, and;
  • Sen. Bobby Zirkin, Maryland State Senator representing the 11th district in  Baltimore County.

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Fighting Against The Drug War

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June 12, 2013 – Segment 2

We hear from Retired Major Neill Franklin, a 33-year police veteran who led anti-narcotics task forces for the Maryland State Police and ran training for the Baltimore Police Department and current Executive Director of LEAP, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition; and Don Rojas, Member of the Board for the Institute of the Black World.

They join us to discuss next Monday’s “Day of Direct Action at the White House to Call on President Obama to End the War on Drugs and Mass Incarceration and Invest in America’s ‘Dark Ghettos,'” which is organized by the Institute of the Black World.

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