#798 Learning to play nice with human nature (War on Drugs)

Today we look at the evolution of bullshit reasons there have been to prohibit consumption of marijuana: from the bullshit reasons scared white people came up with to ban it originally to the bullshit reasons scared white people use in the present to keep it illegal, all while steadfastly ignoring the evidence which points toward the war on drugs leaving an expensive path of unmitigated destruction behind it wherever it goes.

Show Notes

Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill

Ch. 2: Act 1: 3 Absurd Reasons for Banning Drugs - LearnLiberty - Air Date: 09-20-11

Ch. 3: Act 2: Smoke Weed? You're Fat & Dangerous According To These Pundits - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 01-08-14

Ch. 4: Song 2: I Can't Explain (Stereo) - My Generation (Deluxe Edition)

Ch. 5: Act 3: Gourmet Pot Editor Freaks Out O'Reilly - @jimmy_dore Show - Air Date 12-13-13

Ch. 6: Song 3: Where Is My Mind? - Surfer Rosa

Ch. 7: Act 4: Government To Sell Pot For $1 A Gram (In Uruguay) - Why? - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 10-23-13

Ch. 8: Song 4: Represent - Represent - Single

Ch. 9: Act 5: Is the End of Marijuana Prohibition the End of the War On Drugs? Probably Not. - @brucedixon - Air Date: 1-8-14

Ch. 10: Song 5: Inevitable - Magic Hour (Deluxe Version)

Ch. 11: Act 6: Thom Hartmann on Decriminalizing Pot - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 01-17-14

Ch. 12: Song 6: Legalize It - Legalize It

Ch. 13: Act 7: Obama on Marijuana Legalization: Important For It to Go Forward - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 01-22-14

Ch. 14: Song 7: Open Your Eyes - Eyes Open

Ch. 15: Act 8: Why Right Wing Addicts Like Rob Ford, Rush Limbaugh Don't Ask For Help - @majorityfm - Air Date: 11-06-13

Ch. 16: Song 8: Everything Falls Apart - Happy Nowhere

Ch. 17: Act 9: Families Against Mandatory Minimums - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 18: Song 9: Activism - The Poet

Ch. 19: Act 10: Philip Seymour Hoffman Didn't Have to Die... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 02-03-14

Ch. 20: Song 10: South Side - Play & Play: B Sides

Ch. 21: Act 11: We need drug rules that recognizes human nature - @dccommonsense - Air Date: 2-5-14


Ch. 22: On the TPP and national sovereignty - Erin from Philadelphia

Ch. 23: Support for Avera on sex education in the south - Mark from New Mexico

Ch. 24: Prior consent still doesn't impart obligation - Jake from New Hampshire

Ch. 25: Weighing quality of life in the discussion of reproductive rights - Anonymous

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics

Ch. 26: Final comments on the ease of being misunderstood, especially when discussing the abuse of children in the context of the reproductive rights debate

Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone


Tell the Commission: Cut These Drug Sentences!” from Families Against Mandatory Minimums

Sources/further reading:

AG Holder speaks out on federal sentencing, C-Span broadcast

”A New Development in Prison Reform” from Colorlines


The story of Stephanie George (FAMM)

and ”For Lesser Crimes, Rethinking Life Behind Bars”, The New York Times

Follow Families Against Mandatory Minimums on Twitter and Facebook


Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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