Law/Justice

Freedom, criminal justice, and drug legalization

By Krystal Ball and Kyle Kulinski

Just days after the Virginia legislature voted to legalize recreational marijuana in 2024, we’ll be hosting Dr. Carl Hart, neuroscientist and researcher of drug usage at Columbia University. Hart, who authored Drug Use for Grown-Ups, argues against the punitive response to drug usage in the United States, which has led to the construction of the prison-industrial complex and the senseless destruction of many lives, disproportionately in communities of color. Not only does Hart address the ills of our society’s puritanical treatment of drug usage, but he makes a broader, more controversial argument for the legalization of all drugs — with the belief that this openness will allow for better education and more responsible consumption of drugs.

Paid subscribers to KK&F can join us Friday for the video release of our conversation, which will be available on audio Saturday through Substack and major streaming platforms like Apple Podcasts, Pandora, Stitcher, Spotify, and more. If you can’t wait until Saturday, click the button below:

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