Since the 1930s the war on drugs has raged producing international organized crime syndicates, prison systems and corruption at every turn, amongst a multitude of negative socio-econmic impacts, Meanwhile those at the frontline, the drug addicts, have only increased every year the was had been fought. Interviews with Neil Pike, Teresa Biscoe, Dr James Alexander, Michael Baulderstone, Andrew Kavasilas, Lucy Haslam, Ruth Birgin, David Shoebridge
With 29 young Nimbin men dealt heavy sentences from a massive “drug” operation that terrorised the whole township, we look at the effectiveness of the laws and the sometimes aggressive ways they’re implemented.
Plus we find that dirty word, "addiction" isn't everything we thought it was.
In the second part of our 2-part episode we look at the insanity of the system that’s been put in place for medical cannabis. We discover the success of legalisation in other countries and explore the contradiction of supply in Australia.
Continuing on from Episode 3, we hear from locals about how Nimbin has developed into an activist community and how it's often misrepresented in mainstream media. Including interviews with permaculture pioneer, Robyn Francis, psychologist Dr James Alexander and Hemp activist Michael Baulderstone
We track the start of prohibition and its rise to global policy - all based on the assertions of one man - the "Father of Prohibition", Harry Anslinger.
When Harry was made the first chief of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics he inherited a department that had just had its budget slashed. It appeared to Harry that there may be a chance his office would follow the way of alcohol prohibition and be shut down.
So what do you do when faced with the prospect of losing your job?