REEFER MADNESS: America's drug policy | This week, Planet Erstwild trips the light fandango on a 2-hour musical lark through the two states whose voters legalized the recreational use of marijuana. Don't get me wrong, I am not advocating drug use--I personally take one or two aspirin every three or four years--but filling our jails with people caught smoking or possessing pot is a colossal waste of resources, law enforcement & legal system time & efforts, jail construction, and human dignity, never mind the attendant corruptive influence. Americans make up 5% of the world's population but 25% of its prison population--1 in 4 of those serving time for pot. Meanwhile, bankers charged with laundering $800 million are not even indicted, not to mention prescription drugs are now killing more people than heroin and cocaine combined.
Which leads us straight to Pharmapillooza. Hear all about JP's new film project "ASK YOUR DOCTOR." Looking at how an FDA policy change allowed DTC--marketing sales directly to consumers and its consequences for the nation's health and well-being.
And a shorter "Inside the Headlines" with Newsvandal JP Sottile that explores the contours of the invisible handshake with some Good News and Odds & Ends mixed in for good measure. See complete list below.