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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.

Is Baltimore Really The Heroin Capital of America?

heroinAugust 26, 2014 – Segment 2

On Wednesday night National Geographic Channel will premiere a feature titled “Drugs, Inc.: The High Wire,” which names Baltimore as the “heroin capital of America.” We take a close look at heroin abuse in Baltimore, with: Bern McBride, President and CEO of Behavioral Health System Baltimore; Woody Curry, therapist in private practice; and Dr. Scott Nolan, Director of the Drug Addiction Treatment Program at the Open Society Institute-Baltimore.


Excerpt: Governor O’Malley, Senate President Miller and House Speaker Busch on Legalizing Marijuana

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Listen to a ten-minute excerpt from this morning’s Annapolis Summit, which takes place annually on the opening day of the Maryland Legislative Session, on marijuana. Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, Maryland Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller and Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch discuss their opinions on improving medical access, legalization and decriminalization of the drug.

Hear the Governor’s comments first in response to an audience member’s question. The Senate President and House Speaker’s comments start right around the 5-minute mark.


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.


Gubernatorial Candidate Del. Heather Mizeur Announces Marijuana Legalization Plan for Maryland

Delegate Heather MizeurNovember 20, 2013 – Segment 5

We close out the show with an interview with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Delegate Heather Mizeur, on her just-announced plan to legalize and regulate marijuana.


Failed War On Drugs: Solutions For The United States & Latin America

War on DrugsNovember 7, 2013 – Segment 3

We turn our focus to the failed War on Drugs. Our guests will be:


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Ret. Major Neill Franklin on Marijuana in Maryland and the War on Drugs

Major Neill FranklinSeptember 13, 2013 – Segment 3

Retired Major Neill Franklin, a 33-year police veteran and Executive Director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) joins us for a conversation on the war on drugs as well as marijuana regulation in Maryland and beyond.


Dialogue Between Ciudad Juarez and Baltimore: What It’s Like To Grow Up In A Violent Community

September 6, 2013 – Segment 4

We talk with youth from both the U.S. and Mexico about what it’s like to be caught in the middle of America’s War on Drugs.

Our guests will be: Jennifer Aguirre, a teacher from West Baltimore; Ifetayo Kitwala and Donche Golder, two student leaders from The Intersection, a Baltimore project that helps youth learn to organize and advocate for themselves; and Rodolfo David Bailon Perez and Yariela Lizeth Oseguera Alcazar, student leaders from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

This is a rebroadcast from August 2, 2013.


Attorney General Eric Holder: Cut Mandatory Minimum Sentences

Attorney General Eric HolderAugust 15, 2013 – Segment 2

We turn to national news, focusing first on Attorney General Eric Holder’s speech this week about cutting mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders. Our guests include:

  • Neill Franklin, Executive Director of LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) and a 33-year police veteran;
  • ER Shipp, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Journalist-in-Residence and Associate Professor of Journalism at Morgan State University;
  • and Brentin Mock, New Orleans-based journalist and reporter for Colorlines.


Ret. Major Neill Franklin On Racial Profiling, War On Drugs, & More

Neill FranklinAugust 1, 2013 – Segment 1

We sit down with Neill Franklin, Executive Director of LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) and a 33-year police veteran, to discuss a multitude of issues, from racial profiling of Black men to the status and impact of the international War on Drugs.







ACLU: Billions of Dollars Wasted on Racially Biased Marijuana Arrests

The War on Marijuana in Black and WhiteJune 6, 2013 – Segment 2

We discuss the ACLU study released this week that reveals racial disparities in marijuana possession arrests, and lists Maryland as fourth in the nation for such arrests. We will examine implications of the study as well as America’s drug policy, with: