The case for drug legalization05/07/09 Robert Lorei
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up, the argument for legalizing drugs. But first, some listener comments about yesterday’s discussion of the health care reform debate in Washington and and the fact that single payer advocates- or Medicare for All supporters - are being left out of the debate.
In the early 1980s, Brian O’Dea was operating a $100 million a year, 120-man drug smuggling business, and had developed a cocaine addiction. Under increasing threat from the DEA in 1986 for importing 75 tons of marijuana into the United States, he quit the trade and the drugs and began working with recovering addicts in Santa Barbara. Despite his life change, the authorities caught up with him years later and O’Dea was arrested, tried, and sentenced to ten years at Terminal Island Federal Penitentiary in Los Angeles Harbor.
Peter Christ is a retired police captain after spending 20-years in Western New York state enforcing drug laws. Peter believes "the drug war can never be won and it is doing more harm than good." After retiring in 1989, Peter began speaking out publicly against that War. He’s a founding member of LEAP, Law Enforcement Officers Against Prohibition.