For most of us, the term organized crime conjures up scenes from the Godfather movies or newspaper headlines about biker gangs. Either way, we tend to think of it as something safely removed from our daily lives. But in his new book McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Underworld, Misha Glenny paints a starkly different picture. According to Glenny, the collapse of Communism and the rise of globalization have ushered in a new era in which organized crime -- buoyed by complicit governments and consumers alike -- now infiltrates everyday life from the Balkans to British Columbia.
Mischa Glenny joined us from Vancouver.
McMafia author, Misha Glenney, confronts Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the NATO summit in Bucharest about how "the Taliban are the biggest backers of the War on Drugs." Harper responds with more talk about how demand reduction requires a change in the culture.
Host John Mounteer interviews teacher and author Dr. Mitch Earleywine,
and discuss his recent book, Parents' Guide to Marijuana.
Should drugs like marijuana, heroin, and cocaine be legal? Watch the fireworks as Ethan Nadelmann, author of Think Again: Drugs and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance clashes with David Murray, chief scientist at the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy. Watch Video(5 parts)
An excellent source of quality videos on drug policy is the Drug Policy Alliance YouTube channel.
The Forgotten War on Drugs (5-part NPR series)
In a five-part series, NPR examines the progress of U.S. anti-drug policy so far, and where experts say it should focus next.NPR website
(U.K.) An interview with Patricia Tabram, recently convicted for the second time of supplying cannabis. She uses the drug herself to treat chronic back pain and has become one of the nation's leaders in the campaign to legalise marijauna, even visiting No.10 to put across her views.
Damage Done - The Drug War Odyssey (Global TV)
December 9, 2006
After 30 years of Drug War, illegal narcotics are decreasing in price, increasing in purity, and demand continues to surge.
The heroes of our film are veterans of the Drug War, and they urge us to consider ending drug prohibition. They have had a complete revolution in their thinking: now they are working to end the War on Drugs. Find out what happened to change their minds.
"Fifth Gear"Cannabis and Driving. Speed TV (U.K.) conducts a real life test of driving under the influence of cannabis.Watch Video (YouTube)
Stoned In Suburbia - A documentary made in the U.K. Watch Video (Google)
BBC: If Drugs Were Legal
If... Drugs Were Legal - BBC - "If" series - January 12, 2005
Experts such as former chief constable Francis Wilkinson argued the case for pro-legalisation, while David Raynes of the National Drug Prevention Alliance was one of the voices arguing against. More info
The programme was followed by a studio debate on BBC Two's Newsnight, chaired by Jeremy Paxman.
Neil Boyd on High Society. David Malmo-Levine interviews Neil Boyd (Criminology Professor at Simon Fraser
University). Neil speaks in a way that the mainstream is able to hear. He's a credible personality and he speaks well.
Moving Beyond the "War on Drugs" (2002)
Seven video clips
(RealVideo format) from a two-day conference at the Baker Institute for Public Policy. High quality discussion.
Economics Roundtable: Legalizing Drugs (28 min.)
Boston University Economist Jeffrey Miron argues that legalizing drugs would lower the crime rate, cut the demand for guns,
reduce the spread of AIDS and improve race relations.
''Saying Yes: In Defense of Drug Use'' (5/28/2003)
Jacob Sullum, Senior Editor, Reason Magazine & Author Topic: Evaluting the view that current U.S. drug control policy is
too costly and unproductive. 30 min.
Grass (2001- narrated by Woody Harrelson)
This entire movie can be viewed online via YouTube.
Classic clips and rare footage in a
historical look at cannabis and how it was made illegal.
Pot-TV News - Keep up to date with the latest cannabis-related news.
Hilary Black interview (April 2002)
Founder of the Vancouver Compassion Club, Hilary gives her views on the cannabis situation in Vancouver.
Cannabis Rising (1996)
High Times/Cannabis Culture writer Ed Rosenthal takes us on a tour of Amsterdam.
commentary (July 25, 2002) RealAudio
A good summation of the current situation and the need for change in Canada's marijuana laws, but the commentary ends with a statement about how pressure from the U.S. will ultimately keep Canada from making any progress in this area.