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Diane is a speaker and Executive Board Member for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, also known as LEAP. LEAP is an amazing nonprofit organization made up of current and former members of the law enforcement and criminal justice communities who are speaking out about the failures of our existing drug policies.
Diane is also a guest columnist for the Huffington Post, The Leaf Online, High Times, The Orange Juice Blog, Medical Marijuana 411, and Ladybud Magazine, as well as appearing on television and on radio as a political commentator.
In this fascinating and insightful conversation, Diane talks about how the prohibition of cannabis and other drugs is the root for so many of our social issues and what is being done to change it. Trust me, you’ll want to listen to this.
In the interview Diane Goldstein answers the following questions:
How, as the 1st female lieutenant in the Redondo Beach Police department, did you become such a strong and outspoken proponent of legalizing cannabis and other drugs?
How have your fellow police officers, police departments and the judicial system reacted to your involvement with LEAP and your outspoken activism for the legalization of cannabis and other drugs?
What has been the human cost for the war on drugs in this country?
What is the connection between opiods and heroin use and how has prohibition exacerbated the problem?
How did the war on drugs change the relationship with the police and their communities and what, in your opinion, can be done to restore and repair the perception of our police back to that of peace officers?
What is your view of proposition 64, California’s latest attempt to legalize the adult use of cannabis?
The DEA just announced that they will not be de-scheduling cannabis in the near future. Despite overwhelming national public support for the legalization of medical cannabis, The DEA still officially maintains the position that cannabis has no human value for medical use and that it is more addictive than ever. Why do you think that they are still adhering to this outdated position despite all of the evidence and studies contradicting it?
What do you see as the future of the DEA?
The movement to legalize both the medical and adult use of cannabis seems to be led by an increasingly loud and powerful group of women. Why do you think women have taken on the role of leaders in this important and growing movement?