I worked with Shane for years in the London Green Party, before he moved to Frome and got himself elected to Mendip District Council. He has been very involved with writing the Green Party’s policy on drugs, as well as campaigns like Reclaim the Streets in the 1990s.
In a previous episode of Jen’s Green Jam I spoke to an ex-undercover police officer, Neil Woods about the war on drugs and how it has affected law enforcement, in this episode we are going to be talking about Britain’s drug policy and thinking about the practicalities of reforming the government’s approach to drugs.
- Some of the big things that worry people about drugs are the addiction potential and the health impacts – how do we best address those concerns?
- The different models of legalisation and decriminalisation. Is there a one size fits all solution or is it more nuanced than that?
- What is the ideal drug policy and how do we get from where we are now to that ideal?
- Do we think that drugs gangs will just disappear or turn into tax paying businesspeople?
- How do we ensure that we protect vulnerable people like kids and people who struggle with addiction?
- What is holding the UK back from a better drug policy?
- Lots of countries around the world are moving away from criminalisation and trying different approaches, so are there any specific places that we should be looking to for inspiration?
- It looks like the Government is softening its stance on medicinal cannabis, what can we expect when they publish some new guidance later this year?
- What can individuals and communities do to help make a positive change?
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Ending the war on drugs and what happens next, with ex-undercover officer Neil Woods – listen here
Neil has authored two fascinating books about his experiences as an undercover cop turned whistle blower and he joins me to give us his insights on the war against drugs and explain: how drugs money has caused escalating violence on the streets; why younger children are being used; how drugs money supports others forms of crime and leads to endemic corruption in our police force. Continue reading “Latest podcast now available”
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Out in a few days will be Episode 5 ‘The Drugs War’ with ex undercover officer Neil Woods. Neil has authored two fascinating books about his experiences as an undercover cop turned whistle blower. Neil joins me to give us his insights on the war against drugs and explain how drugs money has caused endemic corruption in our police force.
Episode 6, out in December, will be ‘The Bogus War on Gangs’ with Stafford Scott. Stafford was a co-founder of the Broadwater Farm Defence Campaign in 1985, and is now a consultant on racial equality and community engagement. He tweets as @StaffordScott and we can look forward to his book!
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