Sasha Abramsky, who writes regularly for The Nation, is the author of several books, including Inside Obama’s Brain, Breadline USA and American Furies. His latest book, The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives, was published by Nation Books in September.
On October 1, just one month before Californians voted on Proposition 19, Sasha Abramsky spoke by phone with Gil Kerlikowske, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, about prospects for drug reform in America.
Despite the defeat of Proposition 19, growers in California are expanding a profitable system for cultivating pot.
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