On this episode of Felony Friday Michael Krawitz joins host John Odermatt to discuss how international treaties are vital to advancing drug reform worldwide. Michael is a disabled United States Air Force Veteran, he served from 1981 to 1986 and was injured in an accident in Guam that was deemed “in the line of duty” although not in any way combat related.
In 1997 he was part of a small team of activists that protected Virginia’s longstanding medical marijuana law from being repealed. In 1998 he was part of a United Nations drug summit. Since then in 1999 Krawitz presented testimony to the National Academy of Science, Institute of Medicine, AND he has been a leader in this international field of NGO drug policy work. He was a key player in the Beyond 2008 UN NGO drug summit and was responsible for submitting the grants and the arrangements for the bulk of the US drug policy reform
Michael was responsible for a bill being submitted to Virginia’s Legislature in 2009, and another in 2012, reforming Virginia’s long standing medical marijuana law. In 2010 Mr Krawitz’s decade long fight inside the VA for adequate access to pain management paid off with his negotiating the first ever, medical cannabis policy within the VA.
Relevant links to the show:
- Facebook Page: Veterans for Medical Cannabis
- Wiki: Harry Anslinger
- Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961
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