Diane Goldstein

DEA: Bad Boys Sexing Up Colombian Prostitutes Supplied by Drug Cartels

DEA: Bad Boys Sexing Up Colombian Prostitutes Supplied by Drug Cartels

As a career police officer and an Executive Board Member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), a group of law enforcement professionals opposed to the War on Drugs, I have long believed that one of the most corrupting influences in policing is the enforcement of our drug laws. A lead story on Politico recently shouted […]

Diane Goldstein Participating In Twitter Chat About Opiods

Diane Goldstein Participating In Twitter Chat About Opiods

Although addiction to prescription medications is a serious health issue currently, there is still such social stigma attached to drug use (including prescription drug abuse and opiod addictions) that many people do not understand the severity of this public health issue. Thankfully, there are many brave people who are speaking up about opiod addiction, opiod […]

Lady Business: Debby Goldsberry

Lady Business: Debby Goldsberry

PHOTO CREDIT: Diane R. Fornbacher/LADYBUD Magazine Debby Goldsberry has been involved in cannabis activism since 1988, and she attended her first smoke-in in 1986, which means she has been fighting to repeal prohibition for 25 years. In those 25 years, she has founded or been on the board of a number of influential businesses and […]

Catching Up With Drug War Activist Diane Wattles Goldstein

Catching Up With Drug War Activist Diane Wattles Goldstein

Diane Goldstein, a frequent contributor to Ladybud Magazine and The Huffington Post, as well a well-respected speaker and lecturer on Drug Policy Reform, sat down with LB’s Publisher Diane Fornbacher to talk about some current world events about drug legalization, the many groups with whom she works, her favorite sources of news, and much more.  Traveling all […]

The Empty Chair at The Holiday Table

The Empty Chair at The Holiday Table

As part of my work with Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) I have met many activist women that have helped me channel my loss into something that is both constructive and meaningful. This work is both selfish and altruistic, as it has helped me transform my pain into action. I have written previously concerning the […]

Poor Training Of Narcotics Officers Contributes To Culture Of Ignorance

Poor Training Of Narcotics Officers Contributes To Culture Of Ignorance

In the last few weeks I have received several articles that concern an aspect of the Drug War that has not been addressed– the role of law enforcement training in unconstitutional policing. These articles represent views on individual failures of the criminal justice system but ignore the systemic issues of how we train our law […]

Lessons Learned From DEA Agent Hank Schrader As Breaking Bad Begins Final Season

Lessons Learned From DEA Agent Hank Schrader As Breaking Bad Begins Final Season

Since the Drug War’s inception there have been a myriad of movies and television shows that have captured the many failings of prohibition. From HBO’s The Wire and Boardwalk Empire, to Traffic on the big screen, they have all provided fictional glimpses into why prohibition can never be achieved. But I believe the best modern-day […]

Cops Issued Weapons Of Harm Reduction, Not War, In Quincy, MA

Cops Issued Weapons Of Harm Reduction, Not War, In Quincy, MA

I have had the privilege to present alongside the illustrious Judge Jim Gray many times  in the last several years. When he speaks, he uses the acronym PNWAWA R&C (Prohibition Never Works as Well as Regulation and Control) as a solution to managing America’s national drug policy. In his recent article, Judge Gray captures some of the […]

John Stuart Mill “Liberty and Marijuana”

John Stuart Mill “Liberty and Marijuana”

In a recent opinion piece Project Sam’s founder Kevin Sabet used John Stuart Mill’s “On Liberty” to posit “Civil Liberties Erode When Drug Use Widens.” “John Stuart Mill famously wrote: ‘… over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign.’ … ‘The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over […]