2001-2005 Hemp Audio Archive
Plants of Power Experts discuss how different cultures throughout history have used mind altering plants for intoxication. BBC World Service (Plants of Power was originally a radio series on BBC World Service written and produced by Nick Rankin.)
Plants of Power: how do they work? 27 min.
Plants of Power: how is the brain affected? 27 min.
Plants of Power: when is a plant a drug? 27 min.
Plants of Power in nomadic societies 27 min.
Plants of Power in traditional American communities 27 min.
Plants of power a special case: opium 27 min.
Cannabis: the UK's story 24 October 2001 UK Home Secretary David Blunkett UK Home Secretary, David Blunkett, said moves to liberalise the laws on cannabis do not signal any intention to decriminalise the drug. He denied that he had deliberately buried his announcement under the IRA's decommissioning statement. BBC Online
Cannabis: the UK's story 2 September 2001 Consultant anaesthetist Dr William Notcutt The use of cannabis for medical purposes will be given government backing under David Blunkett's plans - it follows results from the UK's first clinical trial of cannabis as a medicine show big benefits to those suffering chronic pain. BBC Online
Directing America`s Drug War: Which Way to a Safer Society? It was President Richard Nixon who first declared a war on drugs after the 1960’s counter culture ushered in a decade of widespread recreational drug use. Nixon called America’s drug addiction public enemy #1 and he created the Drug Enforcement Administration, the DEA. Since then, Americans have spent billions of dollars on drugs and billions more supporting government efforts to keep drugs out of our country and crack down on users and dealers. Are we winning the war on drugs? Or is it time to re-evaluate America’s anti-drug strategy? JusticeTalking Date of Debate: 10/4/2001
Drug Policy NPR's Barbara Bradley reports on a debate over drug policy reform, featuring Republican governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson, and DEA Chief Asa Hutchinson. The debate was featured on NPR's Justice Talking. (4:06) Morning Edition Tuesday, September 11, 2001
What do sweetness, beauty, intoxication, and control have to do with plants? Well...everything according to Michael Pollan, the author of the best selling The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World. In this hour of Science Friday, we'll take a look at the way people and plants--including apples and marijuana--interact with each other, with author Michael Pollan. Plus...new insights in treating type 1 diabetes. Talk of the Nation Friday, July 27, 2001 Listen to Entire Show
Medical Marijuana Last month's US Supreme Court decision that marijuana has no legally recognized medical use has put a number of states in a legal quandary. Nine states - most of them in the West - have legalized medical marijuana and are moving ahead with plans to allow its use. NPR's Ina Jaffe reports. (5:30) All Things Considered Friday, June 29, 2001
Thermal Imaging The Supreme Court ruled that police must get a warrant before using thermal imaging devices to search someone's home. The devices can be aimed at a home from outside to measure the amount of heat emanating from it. In this particular Oregon case, an unusually high temperature reading indicated marijuana growing lights were being used inside. All Things Considered, June 11, 2001
Writer Michael Pollan's new book, The Botany of Desire: A Plant´s-Eye View of the World (Random House) takes a look at four plants cultivated by humans: the apple, the tulip, potatoes and marijuana. Pollan demonstrates that plants and humans have developed a reciprocal, co-evolutionary relationship: do we plant potatoes, or do potatoes seduce us into planting them? Pollan questions the assumption that we are in charge of our agriculture. Fresh Air Wednesday, June 06, 2001
British actress Brenda Blethyn She co-stars in the TV mini series Anne Frank. It airs this Sunday and Monday on ABC. Her film, Saving Grace is out on video. The British comedy is about a middle aged widow whose irresponsible husband left her in huge debt. She decides to start growing marijuana in her greenhouse instead of orchids. Blethyn´s other films include Mike Leigh´s Secrets and Lies (she was nominated for an Oscar) and Little Voice. Fresh Air Friday, May 18, 2001
Medical Marijuana A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled against a California law permitting the use of marijuana for medical purposes. The justices said there is no room in the federal prohibition against marijuana for a medical exception. Nine states have passed laws allowing the medical use of marijuana. All Things Considered, May 14, 2001
Medical Marijuana Host Robert Siegel talks with Jack Lewin, CEO of the California Medical Association, about the United States Supreme Court striking down a California law allowing marijuana to be used as medicine. All Things Considered, May 14, 2001
'Forces of Habit' No one would think to charge Starbucks Coffee with selling drugs for the caffeine it distributes every day. But David Courtwright, author of Forces of Habit: Drugs and the Making of the Modern World, says psychoactives found in alcohol, coffee and tobacco are just as much drugs as psychoactives found in opiates, marijuana and cocaine. Robert Siegel talks to David Courtwright about the book. (9:30) Forces of Habit is published by Harvard University Press, March 2001. All Things Considered Thursday, April 26, 2001
Medical Marijuana A case before the Supreme Court today examines the legality of marijuana for medical purposes. Californians approved a ballot initiative 5 years ago decriminalizing pot for "medical necessities," but the drug remains illegal in federal law. The federal government argues that its law preempts the state one, since it has exercised the right to make laws approving drugs. Morning Edition, March, 28 2001
Medical Marijuana & U.S. Supreme Court Guests: Jeff Jones Executive Director, Oakland Cannabis Buyers Cooperative Calvina Fay Executive Director, Drug Free America Foundation Gina Pesulima Communications Director, Americans for Medical Rights The medical marijuana debate goes to the U.S. Supreme Court this week. A federal law says marijuana has no proper medical use and makes its distribution a crime. But those who support the use of medical marijuana say its a necessity to their health. On the next Talk of the Nation, join Juan Williams for a look at the medical marijuana case headed to the Supreme Court. Talk of the Nation Tuesday, March 27, 2001
Drug Testing Pregnant Women Supreme Court rules that hospitals cannot reinstate a practice of testing pregnant patients for drugs and turning over the results to the police, unless they get the woman's permission first. All Things Considered, March, 21 2001
New Mexico Considers Bills To Liberalize Drug Laws The Republican governor of New Mexico is leading a legislative charge to liberalize drug laws in the state. Among eight bills under consideration is a measure that would decriminalize possession of up to one ounce of marijuana. Gov. Gary Johnson has been an outspoken advocate of reform, saying marijuana use doesn't necessarily harm other people. If the measure passes, New Mexico would become the first state in more than two decades to decriminalize marijuana use, but opposition to the bill is solid. Hear more as Tom Trowbridge reports for Morning Edition. Thursday, 03-15-01
Supreme Court Considers Search and Seizure Cases Is using a heat-sensing device to check out a suspected marijuana grower's home like any other search and thus requires a warrant? And can police keep a suspect out of his home until they can get permission to search it? That's what the Supreme Court considered yesterday, when it ruled 8-1 that a man charged with marijuana possession was legitimately detained while police got a warrant to search his house. The nine justices also heard arguments in a case in which police used thermal imaging to arrest a suspected marijuana grower. A special machine is used to detect the amount of heat radiating from the exterior walls of a building and is employed to catch people who are growing large amounts of marijuana in their homes. But the suspect claims the technique is an invasion of privacy and is appealing the case. The court is expected to decide the case this summer. Listen as NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg reports on All Things Considered. Wednesday, 02-21-01
Thermal Imaging and Privacy The Supreme Court considers whether police need a warrant before pointing a thermal imaging device at someone's home. Thermal imaging measures the amount of heat emanating from a building. In this case, it was used to find marijuana being grown indoors with strong lights. All Things Considered, February 20, 2001
Drug Kingpin Case Raises New Questions About Tough Law The first person sentenced to death under the 1988 "Drug Kingpin" law was spared when President Clinton commuted his sentence last month. David Ronald Chandler was a mid-level marijuana grower in a small Alabama town who was convicted on a murder-for-hire charge of which he claims he is innocent. The government's main witness in the case has recanted his trial testimony and the case is now raising questions about how well the federal drug kingpin law is working. Listen as NPR's Eric Westervelt reports on Morning Edition. Friday, 02-02-01