March 30, 2012
Ending the Drug War w/ William Cooke
Former Prosecutor William Cooke will join me on the program tonight to discuss ending Drug Prohibition. Another aspect of the Trayvon Martin story is that he was suspended from school for an empty bag of weed according to reports. Would he have been suspended for an empty bag if he had been enrolled in a "private school".
William (Bill) Cooke witnessed firsthand the impact the "War on Drugs" had on many young people during his four years as a prosecutor with Maryland's Attorney's Office for Baltimore City. Kids as young as eleven years old, arrested for possession or sale of drugs, were processed through the system so hastily, he says, that the courtroom became a mere training ground for their criminality as adults, if they lived that long.