1. A History of the War on Drugs: From Prohibition to Gold Rush. By Jay Z (VIDEO).


    Asha Bandele writes: This short film, narrated [and scripted] by Jay Z (Shawn Carter) and featuring the artwork of Molly Crabapple, is part history lesson about the war on drugs and part vision statement. As Ms. Crabapple’s haunting images flash by, the film takes us from the Nixon administration and the Rockefeller drug laws — the draconian 1973 statutes enacted in New York that exploded the state’s prison population and ushered in a period of similar sentencing schemes for other states — through the extraordinary growth in our nation’s prison population to the emerging aboveground marijuana market of today.

    Produced by dream hampton

    [Via New York Times ]

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