Cultural Baggage Cultural Baggage is DTN's longest running broadcast program with 18 years as of October 2019. We are proud to have more than three dozen affiliate stations in the US and Canada broadcasting our 29 minutes of unvarnished truth about the failure and futility of this eternal prohibition of drugs. Produced by former cop Dean Becker at KPFT, Houston, one of the 5 Pacifica "sister" stations.

We have two guests today.  First is Paul Armentano the Deputy DIrector of the National Organizagtion for the Reform of Marijuaja Laws.  Second guest is will Foster, bust back when in Oklahoma sentence to 93 years in prison and is now the largest provider of cannabis clones in the state.

Paul Armentano, National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
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In Jury Nullification, author Clay Conrad examines the history, the law, and the practical and political implications of jury independence. Topics include roadside stops, The dissolution of law in the US and much more.

Clay Conrad, Looney, Smith & Conrad
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(29:00)  Guest: Phil Smith has served as writer and editor of the Drug War Chronicle newsletter since May 2000. He has reported from the opium fields of Afghanistan and the coca fields of Bolivia and Peru, as well as the US-Mexico border and the mean streets of North American cities from Vancouver to Washington, DC. Topics this show include exposing the world wide members of the drug cartel PLUS  Drug Policy Alliance new Deep Dive Into Drug War Profiteering.   

CARTEL: a coalition or cooperative arrangement between political parties intended to promote a mutual interest.
Millions of cartel members lie for a living to include the DEA, most elected officials, 99.9% of cops, prosecutors, judges, urine testers, treatment providers, money launderers and banks, most media, preachers and especially physicians who know better but choose to go along to get along and thus choose to first do harm. Cowards, liars, all criminal cartel members who will never defend their madness.

Phil Smith, Stop the Drug War
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Howard Wooldrige recently gave a talk to Grover Norquists gathering about Policing for Profit on US highways.

Howards Vision Statement:

Envision an America where there are no drug dealers on sidewalks selling drugs, shooting each other and destroying neighborhoods.
Imagine a world where all drugs are sold in a state-regulated store by a clerk making 12 dollars an hour.
Picture a world where al-Qaeda and other terrorists do not make billions guarding the drug trade and selling drugs.
Think of an America where felony crime is reduced by half which allows the police to focus on the deadly DUI, the child predator and other public safety threats.
Consider the prospect of redirecting the 72 billion tax dollars currently spent chasing non-violent drug users & their suppliers.
See a world where, if one day you or a loved one has a drug problem, you see a doctor not a judge.
This world is possible when we find the courage to end Modern Prohibition.


Howard Wooldrige, Citizens Opposing Prohibition
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Rusty White became a top K-9 narcotics dog trainer, Track and Attack K-9 trainer and handler, and served as the sniper for the Department of Corrections. White also worked for 7 years as a corrections officer in an maximum security prison in Arizona. White started to question the way the War on Drugs was being fought. He questioned the arrests of low-level dealers when all of the promises were about kingpins. He watched with confusion and dismay as child molesters and other violent criminals were released from prison to make room for an ever-growing population of non-violent drug offenders. He despised the lies told to kids about drugs and came steadily to the realization that no matter how many prisons were built, no matter how many drug dealers were killed, he was not making a difference. After years of research and review, White realized that the real problem was prohibition and left law enforcement.

Rusty White, Law Enforcement Action Partnership
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Two guests this week:  Doug McVay DTN reporter based on Oregon who produces Century of Lies each week, plus anthouny Taylor Cannabis Consultant, Chair, Oregon Cannabis Commission, Co-founder, Compassionate Oregon, an Oregon 501(c)4, non-profit medical cannabis advocacy organization.


Anthony Taylor
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Matt Elrod has been a computer enthusiast since he purchased his first TRS-80 PC with 16 kilobytes of ram and a cassette tape drive. Matt became interested in reforming drug laws after becoming a father in 1987. "The drug war did not protect me, my siblings or my friends from drugs and I do not expect it to protect my children."

In 1996, his interest in drug policy led him to the drug-related Usenet groups and from there to the Drug Reform Coordination Network. Matt's partner Glenda Barr has become a drug reformer herself in the last few years.  Glenda provides daily updates and other posts at DrugSense. She has become quite the well informed reformer herself.

Matt Elrod, Glenda Barr, Drug Reform Coordination Network.
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Marshall Fogg retired from the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) and Department of Justice (DOJ) as a Chief with 32 years of federal service while obtaining the highest law enforcement awards from the USMS Director, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, the Federal Bar Association and others, for service above and beyond the call of duty. 

Marshall Fogg
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Don Hall is in long term recovery, he has become a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, obtained a B.S. in Human Services, and a Masters of Business Administration.. Mr. Hall is active with several area organizations advocating for fair and equitable treatment of disadvantaged populations. +++ DTN Editorial

Don Hall
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Kara Gotsch is a national expert on sentencing reform with over 25 years experience advocating to end mass incarceration and racial injustice in the US criminal legal system.

Kara has served The Sentencing Project in various roles for over 13 years. As Deputy Director since 2021, she helped operationalize the executive director’s vision of expansion and mission focus by managing and leading staff in areas of strategic planning, organizational oversight and development, communications, public education, research, and advocacy.

Kara Gotsch, The Sentencing Project
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