Episodes

  • The Cornhusker Cannabis Court Case

    After having collected hundreds of thousands of signatures in order to appear on the November ballot, the campaign to bring medical cannabis to the state of Nebraska was abruptly ended when the state's Supreme Court struck down the ballot initiative's eligibility to appear. Scott is joined by John Cartier and State Senator Anna Wishart to discuss the fallout from the decision, the potential effects on all future ballot initiatives in the state, and what is next for cannabis law in Nebraska.

  • When Help Looks Like Harm (Reduction): From Stigma to Coercive Treatment

    Prohibited returns to the topic of harm reduction with Garrett Reuscher, a drug policy reform veteran who currently works as a substance use counselor and mental health therapist in NYC. Garrett and Scott discuss how stigma and coercive systems conspire to make substance use more dangerous than need be. Later, they lighten the mood by going over some of Garrett’s social media rants which are inspired by his anger over society’s treatment of drug users and people experiencing substance use disorder.

  • Human Rights & State-Sanctioned Oppression: From Colonialism to Stop to & Frisk

    For this Episode, Scott is joined by Jake Agliata from the International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD). Jake is a human rights scholar and an advocate for the humane treatment of people who use drugs. Scott and Jake take a deep dive into the international human rights convention framework and how that framework informs policing across the globe before delving into how States engage with international definitions around human rights, which can often lead to state-sanctioned violence, profiling, and oppression.

  • From #Defund to Abolition: Overcoming Imperialist-Racist-Capitalist-Hetero-Patriarchy

    For this episode, Scott is joined by Breya Johnson. Breya is the Education Co-Chair for the Black Youth Project 100, an abolitionist organization for Black youth engaged in intersectional advocacy. What would happen if we "prohibited" law enforcement in its current iteration? Breya and Scott discuss the “Defund the Police” movement, and explain why the movement for prison, jail, and police abolition must be rooted in a anti-racist, feminist, perspective which rejects imperial-racist-capitalist-ableist-cis-ableist-hetero-patriarchy.

  • Medicalized Magic Mushrooms – The Oregon Psilocybin Therapy Campaign

    For the season 2 premiere, Scott was joined by Sam Chapman, the Campaign Director for the Oregon Psilocybin Therapy ballot initiative campaign. If enacted by voters this November, it would create a system where adults over the age of 21 would be able to access psilocybin in a controlled setting where they would be guided by licensed psilocybin caregivers

  • Season 2 Trailer

    Join us for Season 2 of Prohibited: a Podcast About Prohibition where we will explore topics ranging from vaping bans, to refugee bans, to immigration policy. We will also be revisiting some of our topics from Season 1 including cannabis, psilocybin , urban camping bans, and overdose prevention sites. Stay Tuned!

  • Empyrean: People of Color Psychedelics Conference

    Host Scott Cecil interviews attendees of the inaugural Empyrean: People of Color Psychedelics Conference, the first conference of its kind, which took place in Washington D.C. in September 2019. What are the ways in which marginalized communities are prevented from accessing psychedelic substances? What are the implications of the medicalization of psychedelic substances? In what ways does racial hierarchy impact the current drug policy reform ad psychedelic therapy/access movements? We explore those questions and more in rapid-fire interviews. You don't want to miss this episode!

  • The Right to Survive: Denver’s Ban on Living Outdoors

    For this episode, we sat down with Kat Humphries, a homeless service provider & harm reduction professional to discuss ballot initiative "The Right to Survive", an ordinance which would have decriminalized resting, eating, sheltering oneself, or occupying a vehicle outdoors in Denver and effectively overturning the City's 'urban camping' ban.

  • Drug Prohibition Harm Reduction: From DanceSafe to Burning Man

    This week we are joined by Mitchell Gomez, the Executive Director of the nightlife harm reduction & non-profit organization, DanceSafe. We discuss the mission of DanceSafe which includes providing unbiased […]

  • National Cannabis Festival

    National Cannabis Festival

    On April 20, the entire Prohibited team attended the 4th Annual National Cannabis Festival in Washington DC. Listeners will remember the creator of NCF, Caroline Phillips, from episode 1. This week's episode contains dozens of short, one-on-one interviews with attendees of the festival. This episode's outro features music from Backyard Band, captured from backstage at the Festival.