I Will Be Interviewed on the Radio Tonight

I’m terribly excited. This will be the second time I’ve ever been on the radio as a guest – and the first time ever that anyone has interviewed me for my book The War on Drugs: An Old Wives Tale.

The call for the end of prohibition is really heating up around here. In fact, one organization I follow, Show-Me Cannabis (here in Missouri we are known as the “show me” state), posted recently saying that there is a strong possibility that we could see medical marijuana passed here in Missouri THIS YEAR.

One of the biggest proponents of this legislation is Dan Viets, a lawyer in Columbia, Missouri and a member of the board of directors for Norml.

And he is also the gentleman who will be interviewing me tonight for his show, “Sex, Drugs, and Civil Liberties.” The radio station is in Columbia, so we can’t get it here in Kansas City, but there should be an internet link to either a live feed or an archived version of it after it airs.

If you are interested in learning, check out the live stream at KOPN.org at 7pm CST. It will be archived as well, but that doesn’t happen until a couple of weeks after the show.

I’ve been told that I have a great voice for radio and hopefully I won’t be too nervous when I talk to him.

Here’s to my fifteen minutes of fame…!

An Old Wives Tale is Up to 25 Reviews Now!

I’m very excited to see that my book The War On Drugs: An Old Wives Tale now has 25 reviews total on Amazon.

How cool is that?!

The most recent review to come in was great. The reader really got what I was trying to convey and that felt extremely vindicating. I think that, as a writer, I’m always worried about how others will interpret my words. Will they get what I am trying to say? Did I convey a certain piece of it without seeming whiny or dumb?

The reader wrote,

“This book is well worth the time of any world citizen interested in gaining an in-depth understanding of the historical context of the “war on drugs” and/or experiencing one couple’s journey of personal growth in the midst of an extremely unfair and unfortunate situation.

After reading this book, I can’t stop asking myself, “How has a government and judicial system purported to be ‘by and for the people’ become so seriously disconnected from the beliefs and feelings of the majority of Americans?” It’s pretty clear that the majority of Americans don’t see marijuana distribution and use as something evil – as borne out, for example, by the longstanding popularity of the TV sitcom “That Seventies Show,” not to mention the recent Wall Street Journal survey indicating that most Americans see pot as less harmful than sugar.

So how is it that many in Christine and Dave’s situation have been punished infinitely more severely than most convicted child molesters? After reading Christine’s book and considering the evidence, I can’t help thinking that this “war,” like every other war that’s been carried out against the wishes of most Americans, is being orchestrated to line the pockets of certain people in power – NOT to protect our freedom and safety. We need to be “protected” from people like Christine and Dave like we need a hole in the head.

All that aside, Christine weaves a truly excellent story by refusing to portray any person or circumstance as black or white. We see how it’s possible to be both grateful for being accepted into the drug diversion program and spared years of imprisonment and possibly the loss of their child, and, at the same time, outraged at the unspoken requirement that they lie and say what those in authority wanted to hear in order to progress through the program, as well as at the obvious disrespect and disregard that many drug court employees exhibit toward the participants that they are supposedly there to help and serve, with the support of our tax dollars.
Most importantly, this book encourages us to think, really think, about our country’s system of justice and social rehabilitation. Who needs to be rehabilitated? And, for those who truly need outside intervention in order to stop being a threat to themselves and/or society, what are the most effective and efficient ways to achieve that rehabilitation? These are questions worth asking, from whatever vantage point each of us Is currently viewing these issues.”

I know that quote is long, but I just had to put it all in. And I have other good news. Wait for it…wait for it!