10 episodes

I’m Scott Cecil, the host of Prohibited: A podcast about prohibition. On this show, I will be interviewing activists, organizers, law enforcement, social workers, public health professionals, teachers, doctors, and elected officials and think tanks in an effort to explore the impacts of prohibition. From cannabis, to opiates, to sex work, to plastic straws, we will be looking unflinchingly at the policy outcomes of various forms of prohibition through conversations with those working to dismantle systems of prohibition and those seeking to build and maintain them.

Prohibited Scott Cecil

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 27 Ratings

I’m Scott Cecil, the host of Prohibited: A podcast about prohibition. On this show, I will be interviewing activists, organizers, law enforcement, social workers, public health professionals, teachers, doctors, and elected officials and think tanks in an effort to explore the impacts of prohibition. From cannabis, to opiates, to sex work, to plastic straws, we will be looking unflinchingly at the policy outcomes of various forms of prohibition through conversations with those working to dismantle systems of prohibition and those seeking to build and maintain them.

    Prosecutorial Power in Prince George’s

    Prosecutorial Power in Prince George’s

    The hiatus is over! For this episode, Scott is joined by Stanford Fraser, a Public Defender in Prince George's County Maryland, and a recently announced candidate for State’s Attorney. They discuss the imbalance of power given to prosecutors and the state criminal punishment apparatus inside the courtroom, and the reforms Stanford envisions for PG. They go on to discuss police reform and harm reducation and how prosecurotial policy & power, when misdeployed, can contrinute to preventing oversight of police officers and diminish the effectiveness of harm reducation efforts.

    • 42 min
    Bonus Episode: The History of Drugs in Society Podcast

    Bonus Episode: The History of Drugs in Society Podcast

    For this bonus episode of Prohibited, Scott joins Euguene Leventhal on the History of Drugs in Society podcast for their 23rd episode "Harm Reduction and Cannabis Policy".



    Stay tuned for the Prohibited's last four episodes of season 2 in March and April.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Drug Policy Reform Won the Election

    Drug Policy Reform Won the Election

    For this episode, Scott was joined by drug policy reform expert Sam Tracy to discuss the results of the 2020 elections and the various drug policy reform campaigns around the US, from psilocybin mushroom therapy, to drug decriminalization, to medical & adult use cannabis. They also speculate on what a Biden-Harris administration might mean for drug policy reform and why control of the senate may be the most important factor moving forward.

    • 50 min
    The Most Important Election

    The Most Important Election

    “This is the most important election of our lifetime” is something we hear every election cycle in this era of hyperpolarization. For this episode, Scott is joined by YouTube essayist and politico, Yusuf Takes, for a discussion of why that statement is true this time, in 2020. In this conversation, Scott and Yusuf explore Yusuf's his recent YouTube video essay "Is #Trump Becoming a Dictator" and breakdown some of his analysis of why Trump, uniquely among American Presidents, encompasses each of the dictatorial characteristics as defined by those who study how and why democracies fail.

    • 57 min
    Nebraska Nice

    Nebraska Nice

    For our first episode which is explicitly about gaming or gambling, Scott sat down with the organizers behind the three separate ballot initiatives to bring gaming & gambling to six sites in the state of Nebraska which already have race tracks for horse racing. Discussion includes the roller coaster campaign to gather signatures during the covid-19 and the politics of the opposition to which includes racist, anti-indigenous fear-mongering and interference from the State’s Governor and Secretary of State.

    • 35 min
    The Cornhusker Cannabis Court Case

    The Cornhusker Cannabis Court Case

    After having collected hundreds of thousands of signatures in order to appear on the November ballot, the campaign to bring medical cannabis to the state of Nebraska was abruptly ended when the state's Supreme Court struck down the ballot initiative's eligibility to appear. Scott is joined by John Cartier and State Senator Anna Wishart to discuss the fallout from the decision, the potential effects on all future ballot initiatives in the state, and what is next for cannabis law in Nebraska.

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

crhatl ,

Powerful and enlightening

Will likely change the way you see drug prohibition

KCran7 ,

Great pod

Awesome and informative pod! Well researched and topical AF!

Karmeni20 ,

The Podcast You Should Know

Scott Cecil is an absolute power house. His passion for drug policy and disecting difficult topics in an accessible way for everyone makes this podcast a must listen to for anyone interested in a holistic look at prohibition.

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