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The Endless Horrors of the Failed Drug War

Presented by Harvey Wasserman.

The “War on Drugs” in now nearly 40 years old. The only thing it has “accomplished” is the shredding of the US Constitution. Dating to the Hearst family’s need to protect its investments in tree-based paper, and to Richard Nixon’s Vietnam-era war on the counter-culture, the Drug War has been the relentless nightmare meant to bring down American democracy. Few would have believed in the 1960s that marijuana would still be illegal 40 years later. The immense financial and political stake in criminal prosecutions and incarcerations has yielded a systematic injustice with a huge institutional constituency, yet the campaigns for medical marijuana and the burgeoning demand for industrial hemp may be turning the tide. Activist/historian Wasserman will put the Drug War in its pharmacological, legal and historic context, and discuss what is happening now and what to expect in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

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