Former Police Officer Diane Goldstein joins Felony Friday host John Odermatt to discuss the failure of the Drug War and the merits of a California ballot initiative to legalize marijuana. The Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), an initiative to legalize marijuana in the state, will be on the November ballot.
Diane is a speaker and Executive Board Member for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP.) She guest lectures on criminal justice and drug policy reform. Furthermore, Diane also provides radio and television political commentary and contributes to multiple media outlets.
Prior to her time with LEAP Diane served for 21 years as a member of law enforcement. She has worked in various assignments starting as a patrol officer and culminating as the first woman lieutenant for the City of Redondo Beach. In addition, Diane was one of the founders of the California Association of Hostage negotiators (CAHN) and she is also a subject matter expert and trainer in crisis negotiations and the integration of verbal and physical tactics during critical incidents.
Diane is the second LEAP member to appear on the Felony Friday show. On Episode 3 Regina Hufnagel joined the show to discuss her transformation from correctional officer to a Drug War opponent. LEAP is a nonprofit organization made up of current and former members of the law enforcement and criminal justice communities who speak out about the failures of existing drug policies. LEAP has the stated goal of ending the War on Drugs all together.
- The specific changes Prop 64 makes to marijuana prohibition are discussed in depth.
- Diane shares the seven current criminal activities that Prop 64 makes completely legal.
- Taxation of marijuana is controversial in libertarian circles, but if Prop 64 passes where will the tax money be channeled?
- Prop 64 would help minors with non-violent drug offenses by automatically expunging their record upon turning 18-years-old.
- What arguments are police using in opposition to Prop 64?
Key Takeaway: CA Should Vote to Legalize Marijuana
Prop 64 certainly has it’s problems. In a more free and principled society marijuana would be as legal as tomatoes. Prop 64 doesn’t go that far, but we can’t allow the shortcomings of the initiative to prevent us from gaining some inches in the battle to restore individual liberty.
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