Over three decades ago, political and health policy leaders in Baltimore — including then-Mayor Kurt Schmoke — sounded the alarm about the failures of the federal government’s war on drugs. The harms done by this modern version of prohibition were acutely and disproportionately felt in communities of color. Calls for converting the war on drugs to a public health approach were met with derision. I was only 8 years old and living in another city when Mayor Schmoke called into question the war on drugs in Baltimore in 1988.
Baltimore state’s attorney: A year ago, I stopped prosecuting low-level offenses. Here’s why — and what happened
April 20, 2021