Stark Raven: Prison Justice

Drugs, Gangs and Knee-Jerk Reactions: What would the legalization of drugs actually look like?

| March 30, 2009


Artist: Interview witih Dr. Richard Mathias
Title: Legalization of Drugs
Album: Produced by Stark Raven
Year: 2009
Genre: Public Affairs
Length: 0:27:46
Format: 44.1kHz, 128Kbps

Show Notes:

Drugs, Gangs and Knee-Jerk Reactions: What would the legalization of drugs actually look like?

Vancouver has seen dozens of shootings in recent weeks.
Understandably, people are concerned and want to do something about this problem.

In this era of addiction to instant results, we are told the answer is to crackdown on this “gang war” with more police, surveillance and jail time.

But many argue this approach is ineffective and won't get to the root of the issue.

Dr. Richard Mathias is one of those people. Dr. Mathias is a professor of public health and a member of the Health Officers Council of BC. The Council argues that  a more productive and humane response would be to legalize and regulate drugs.

Stark Raven speaks with Dr. Mathias about how drug legalization would actually work and how this would impact the issues of organized crime and gang related violence.

To find a copy of The Council's paper on a public health approach to dealing with drugs, you can check out the website of Keeping The Door Open at


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