War on Drugs
Letters sent by the current Attorney General hint of upcoming federal action against state’s that have already legalized it, but a marijuana policy expert says Sessions may face resistance on multiple fronts
While charges were dropped against the suspect, former Baltimore cops say the case should highlight the need to end prohibition
Maryland Delegate Dan Morhaim says ending the drug war is the first step to addressing the root causes of addiction
In the latest episode of The Real Baltimore, our expert panel discusses both long and short term solutions to the War on Drugs
Nearly 5 decades after Richard Nixon launched the War on Drugs, The Real Baltimore examines it’s impact with retired police Major Neill Franklin, educator and activist Diamonte Brown, Public Defender Todd Oppenheim and Councilman Kris Burnett
The Merida Initiative is not about drug trafficking but in fact about allowing US intervention for the benefit of transnational capital, says Dawn Paley, author of Drug War Capitalism
Carmen Boullosa and Mike Wallace, co-authors of “A Narco History: How the United States and Mexico Jointly Created the ‘Mexican Drug War,’” trace the history of the war on drugs from prohibition in the early 20th century to the militarization of police forces today
John Mill Ackerman says the real problem facing the rule of law in Mexico is Obama’s blind support for the Nieto government
Former Deputy LAPD Chief of Police Stephen Downing explains why a law meant to target drug kingpins was harming everyday people since only 13 percent of seizure victims were ever charged with a crime
TRNN’s Jaisal Noor questions the head of Major Cities Chiefs Association about why the group is defending failed policies of the drug war and gets reactions from drug war critics Police Chief Larry Kirk and professor Lawrence Brown
Neill Franklin, executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), says that Loretta Lynch unwittingly made the case for legalization of marijuana during her confirmation hearing for attorney general
LEAP’s Neill Franklin says the budget bill bans the feds from going after states with legal medical marijuana, but may prevent DC from legalizing marijuana
Prof. John Ackerman argues that outrage over the 43 recently disappeared college students has the potential to unite social forces to challenge the US-backed Mexican narco-state
In part one, Miguel Tinker Salas explained how the North American Free Trade Agreement helped to create the desperate economic conditions whereby Mexico’s drug cartels could flourish. Here in part two he criticizes the military-first response of the US and Mexican governments, pointing to the abject failure of a similar nine-year-old policy in Colombia. A country where the drug trade has actually expanded over the last decade of the heavily-funded drug war and US military aid has been turned against the social movement. A phenomenon that is already being observed in Mexico as well.
In April, US President Barack Obama visited Mexico where he announced that the US needed to take some responsibility for Mexico’s ongoing Drug War. He also declared his support for a continuation and strengthening of free trade policies between the two countries. According to Miguel Tinker-Salas, it is the North American Free Trade Agreement, and the massive economic transition it precipitated, that has created such fertile ground for the drug economy. The result is that the Mexican government finds itself facing a decreasing level of control over entire regions of the country as the cartels provide the services that the central government no longer does.