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This is a documentary film intended to be an irony in portraying the drug war as an American campaign that fuels the illegal drug trade. Adrian Grenier with Tribeca Films produced this work that looks at a 400 billion dollar global industry feeds off the drug war. You can view the trailer here: How To Make Money Selling Drugs Tribeca Films. link by Denise C.
The scourge of addiction crosses all political and social lines. Still, many do not talk about it. Recently the founder of a grief site called GRASP appeared on the conservative Bill O’Reilly Show. The topic relates to drug use and addiction. It touched a difficult and profound debate that impacts thousands of young people. I talk about it in a piece just posted on dadonfire.net. So why does this remind me of Bill Williams. Well, many members of the site GRASP know what drug addiction means to their family and how that led to the loss of a child and what may stop the carnage. So, Bill Williams is appearing on Larry G’s Prescription Radio Show, Tuesday night June 18th 5-7PM (EST) to talk profoundly about his experience with loss in honor of his son. Check out Bill William’s blog for more detailed information. You can read his story in Ending the Secrecy of a Child’s Addiction – NYTimes.com.
Recently, California Activist Mom, Denise Cullen was interviewed by Bill O’Reilly on FOX TV. O’Rielly said in certain terms that we aren’t really locking up many young people for drug use and petty sales. The ones in jail are evil. Cullen made an opposite point. Since the start of get tough on crime in the 70’s jails are overflowing with drug offenders that are not evil and comprise members of our families. Ask yourself if many FOX News listeners support the path to expanding privatization of jails in America. That’s a dangerous path, so here is more information for the fair and balanced. Consider, California’s 3 Strikes law in a piece by Elizabeth Stewart on her 25 year son. He got 25 to life for petty drug offense. America’s jails still fill a valuable purpose, but have become such meat grinders for the young and drug afflicted that now we find prisons maybe be fed by what some call a school to jail conveyor belt.
Pennsylvania Judge Sentenced For 28 Years For Selling Kids to the Prison System. Kids for Cash is another reason for reform. People want to open doors for the treatment of drug addiction. Can it be done without decriminalization of drug use itself? I think too many Americans are caught up in a dilemma. The kids for cash scandal is especially bad because it shows a pattern of locking up kids before they are old enough for adult detention for reasons other than necessity. It shows that incarceration has become pork barrel for state job preservation. America must find ways to spend money needed for judicial and penal jobs more wisely. The need for synergistic legislation that preserves jobs and deals with drug addiction is an American problem not a political problem.