IMAGINE A CANADA where marijuana is legal and a prescription gets you a hit of heroin or cocaine.
That’s the proposal of Senator Larry Campbell, the former cop and mayor of Vancouver whose life inspired the Da Vinci’s Inquest TV series.
Such controversial and contrarian views are at the heart of the provocative Damage Done: The Drug War Odyssey, airing Saturday at 7 p.m. on Global as part of the Global Currents series of documentaries. […]
“It’s the hypocrisy of it that really appals me. I just can’t quite figure out how we can call ourselves an enlightened society and still turn a blind eye to something that seems to be doing so much damage yet it would be so simply cured if only we would come to terms with our own feelings about substances.”
Damage Done depicts many people who have wrestled with their stance on forbidden substances, most notably members of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. The group claims about 5,000 members and anyone can join, but LEAP was founded by police veterans who gradually concluded that the traditional war on drugs was illogical. […]
“They have the strength of their own convictions. At one point in time they were just ordinary cops. They were just enforcing the law the way it was written. Something happened to change their minds. I think that in the process of that epiphany, if you will, they had to become stronger. It made them heroes, in my opinion,” said Littlefield.
“And that makes them very filmic, so I kind of exploited that. The guy’s riding his horse across the country to protest the drug war. What’s more filmic than that. And the horse only has one eye. I mean, come on.” […]
Tenacity also paid off in securing an interview with former New York City cop Frank Serpico. His one-man crusade against dirty cops was made into a classic ’70s movie starring Al Pacino.
“He’s not a member of LEAP officially, although he totally supports them. He’s just not a joiner, really, as you might think,” said Littlefield. “I’m talking to him about potentially making another documentary about the roots of police corruption.” […]
“Global is airing a 45-minute version this weekend. There’s also a 54-minute version which includes a couple of other American characters and that is what we refer to as the NFB version. It’s hopefully going to be distributed all over the world and through the NFB’s resources in North America and hopefully you’ll even be able to buy your own copy one day.”
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