The Exile Nation Project - Interview with Sanho Tree

In this fascinating and detailed interview the Institute for Policy Studies' Sanho Tree gives us the history of the "Drug" trade, the evolution of the Drug War, and the present day consequences of these policies.
Charles Shaw
9 November 2011

The Land of the Free punishes or imprisons more of its citizens than any other nation. This collection of testimonials from criminal offenders, family members, and experts on America’s criminal justice system puts a human face on the millions of Americans subjugated by the US Government's 40 year, one trillion dollar social catastrophe: The War on Drugs; a failed policy underscored by fear, politics, racial prejudice and intolerance in a public atmosphere of "out of sight, out of mind."

Sanho Tree is a drug policy fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington D.C.

In this fascinating and detailed interview Sanho guides us through the history of the "Drug" trade, the evolution of the Drug War, and the present day consequences of these policies.

This complete interview is #8 of 100 in The Exile Nation Project's archive, which can be found on ExileNation.org.


In this clip, Sanho Tree speaks about the origins of international drug trafficking and the over-arching desire in humans for self medication.

In this excerpt, Sanho recounts a history of tipping points in politics, and our inability to recognize the spectrum of regulatory possibilities concerning the drug war.

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