Rethinking the war on drugs with former Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke

Friday, March 27, 2009

On her recent trip to Mexico, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton acknowledged our part in the violence that’s erupting in Mexico, saying that, “Our insatiable demand for illegal drugs fuels the drug trade. Our inability to prevent weapons from being illegally smuggled across the border to arm these criminals causes the death of police officers, soldiers and civilians.” With the so-called War on Drugs, clearly failing, how should politicians and policy makers re-work the rules of engagement? Joining us to talk about what it would take to get to “mission accomplished” is Kurt Schmoke. He is the Dean of the Howard University School of Law. He also served as Mayor of Baltimore for 12 years, from 1987 to 1999. As mayor he fought for drug reform. For those of you who are fans of The Wire, Dean Schmoke’s drug reform endeavors are rumored to be the inspiration behind the drug enforcement-free zone Hamsterdam, and Dean Schmoke even had a cameo in the series.


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