Drug Wars

Philadelphia Decriminalizes Marijuana

September 17, 2014

Defense attorney Patrick Nightingale says decriminalization is only a step towards addressing the real problem of disproportionate arrests in African-American and minority communities

TRNN Debate: Decriminalization vs. Legalization

April 8, 2014

As Maryland is poised to become the next state to decriminalize marijuana, MD Delegate Keiffer Jackson Mitchell and LEAP Executive Director Neill Franklin debate whether it can end the racial disparity in drug-related arrests

D.C. Close to Decriminalizing Marijuana, But Public Consumption Will Remain A Criminal Offense

February 5, 2014

Retired state police captain Leigh Maddox says that decriminalization of marijuana is a step in the right direction, but that legalization and regulation are needed in order to seriously reduce drug-related violence and allow police to better serve the public

Uruguay Becomes First Country To Fully Legalize Marijuana

December 11, 2013

The small Latin American country of Uruguay has become the only country that allows growing and selling marijuana

In Historic Move, Feds Won’t Prosecute States That Legalize Pot

September 11, 2013

Neil Franklin: Despite opposition from police and prison guard unions, Attorney General Eric Holder won’t go after Colorado and Washington for legalizing marijuana for recreational use

US Drug War Props Corrupt Mexican Ruling Class

June 4, 2013

John Ackerman: Last two Mexican presidents relied on US support for legitimacy not found in polls

Mexico’s Drug War Claims 70, 000 Lives in 6 Years

June 4, 2013

John Ackerman: Mexico’s government estimates 26,000 people have gone missing since 2007 and as many as 70,000 killed in drug-related violence.

52% of Americans Favor Legalization of Marijuana

April 28, 2013

Neill Franklin: While 45 percent of Americans oppose legal marijuana, 70 percent think enforcing federal drug laws is a waste of money

Drug War Mexico, NAFTA and Why People Leave

February 4, 2013

Peter Watt (author of Drug War Mexico): US policy and neo-liberal “reforms” helped create conditions for the growth of drug cartels and the impoverishment of millions

Ex-Narc Fights to Defend Marijuana Legalization on Capitol Hill

December 4, 2012

Neill Franklin, a former undercover police officer calls on Eric Holder to uphold Washington and Colorado referendum

Law Enforcement Officials Call for an End to “The War On Drugs”

October 25, 2012

Jim Gierach a former Assistant State’s Attorney of Cook County, Illinois and Richard Van Wickler superintendent for the Cheshire County, New Hampshire Department of Corrections call for the legalization of drugs

If the "War On Drugs" has Failed, is Legalization the Answer?

October 19, 2012

Leigh Maddox and Peter Christ (members of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition): The "War on Drugs" helped create a situation where from gangs, to police to lawyers to jails, there are massive amounts of money to be made in this never-ending "war"

Alternatives to the War on Drugs

October 15, 2012

A retired judge and a former MI5 officer discuss Eurpean models that present a more effective approach to drugs other than locking people up

Are Jails Another Form of Slavery?

March 2, 2012

Pt4 of a debate on "What would a saner drug policy look like?", Megan Sherman, who grew up in Baltimore, joins the debate between Sean Dunagan, former DEA Analyst and Kevin Sabet, former Obama Admin. Adviser

Has Obama Challenged the "War On Drugs" Assumptions?

March 2, 2012

Pt1 of a debate on "What would a saner drug policy look like?" between Sean Dunagan, former DEA Analyst and Kevin Sabet, former Obama Admin. Adviser

Does Decriminalization Lead to More Drugs and Crime?

March 2, 2012

Pt2 of a debate on "What would a saner drug policy look like?" between Sean Dunagan, former DEA Analyst and Kevin Sabet, former Obama Admin. Adviser

Does the "War on Drugs" Limit Supply?

March 2, 2012

Pt3 of a debate on "What would a saner drug policy look like?" between Sean Dunagan, former DEA Analyst and Kevin Sabet, former Obama Admin. Adviser