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 Policy; Samuel 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.
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.
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.
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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