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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When Help Looks Like Harm (Reduction)
Prohibited returns to the topic of harm reduction with Garrett Reuscher, a drug policy reform veteran who currently works as a substance use counselor and mental health therapist in NYC. Garrett and Scott discuss how stigma and coercive systems conspire to make substance use more dangerous than need be. Later, they lighten the mood by going over some of Garrett’s social media rants which are inspired by his anger over society’s treatment of drug users and people experiencing substance use disorder.
Human Rights & State-Sanctioned Oppression
For this Episode, Scott is joined by Jake Agliata from the International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD). Jake is a human rights scholar and an advocate for the humane treatment of people who use drugs. Scott and Jake take a deep dive into the international human rights convention framework and how that framework informs policing across the globe before delving into how States engage with international definitions around human rights, which can often lead to state-sanctioned violence, profiling, and oppression.
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Powerful and enlightening
Will likely change the way you see drug prohibition
Awesome and informative pod! Well researched and topical AF!
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.