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"Nobody wants to live in a drug-free world": an interview with Carl Hart

"There has never been a drug-free world, and there never will be one." In this exclusive video-interview, professor Carl Hart discusses the sensationalism and race panic behind the war on drugs in the United States. (17:25 minutes).

Carl Hart
14 March 2016
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Carl Hart, a Columbia University professor, unpicks the myth of a drug-free world. In this video, he discusses the sensationalism around drug use, who benefits from these exaggerations and misrepresentations, and how drug policy is used to persecute men of colour in the United States. How has Black Lives Matter changed the conversation around the war on drugs? And where should drug reformers turn to? Watch the video and let us know what you think in our comments space, below the line.

This video is published as part of an editorial partnership between openDemocracy and CELS, an Argentine human rights organisation with a broad agenda that includes advocating for drug policies respectful of human rights. The partnership coincides with the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on drugs.

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