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When it comes to sheer outrage related to law enforcement and marijuana, there's no shortage of stories that will make your blood pressure spike dangerously high.
Reason TV has covered many of them, including the tawdry, disgusting tale of how cops in Riverside County, California tricked an autistic high school student named Jesse Snodgrass into buying pot and then arrested him.
"This has been devastating to our family. It's a real drain on our resources emotionally, financially, physically," says [father] Doug Snodgrass. "It's exhausting, but when your child gets harmed like this, you really don't think twice about it. It's not a matter of getting even. He is messed up by this and what happened is wrong. We feel an obligation to restore him in every way possible."
Their son was the only arrestee to be reinstated in school, largely thanks to his parents' perseverance and their financial ability to take their fight to court. The other special needs students arrested remained expelled and at least one served a year in jail.
Our documentary, pruduced by Amanda Winkler, was released last fall. In February of this year, Rolling Stone followed up with a widely read feature story on Snodgrass' entrapment that drew more attention to the despicable nature of the police operation.
Here's Reason TV's documentary. Full text and links is online here.
As the prospects for broader legalization get brighter, Reason TV has been talking with some of the most outspoken advocates for an end to the war on pot.
In 2012, Reason TV's Tracy Oppenheimer talked with investigative journalist Doug Fine whose book Too High to Fail looked at all the ways that legalized pot and hemp could, in his words, "revolutionize" the American economy.
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In a sign of the less-repressed times, earlier this year Reason TV's Paul Detrick traveled to Washington to interview a former Drug Enformcement Administration agent who is now working for Privateer Holdings, a venture-capital fund that invests in marijuana startups.
"The more law enforcement officers acknowledge that prohibition [of marijuana] is wrong, the better off society is going to be," said [Doug] Moen. At the DEA he specialized in wiretaps and worked on cases varying from busting heroin and methamphetamine rings to rooting out pot and painkiller dealers. "Taking that first step is often the most difficult one, it just so happened that I was the one to take it."