Former Drug Smuggler Interviewed on CNNApril 24th, 2009 by Rick
CNN American Morning’s Drug Nation held an interesting interview with Brian O’Dea, former drug smuggler, turned author. In the 1980s, Brian O’Dea was responsible for bringing in at least 75 tons of marijuana into the country from South East Asia. While serving 10 years in prison he decided to put his collective experiences into a book called, High.
O’Dea believes that marijuana needs to be legalized and regulated so that the addicts can be helped. He also believes that drugs are a medical issue and that all drugs need to be legalized. The anchor continues to push the issue that if drugs were legalized and made readily available, then people would partake in them and become addicted.
O’Dea says that he had never met anybody that did not do drugs, solely because they were illegal. He makes a good point that drug use ranges from the wealthiest to the poorest. He goes on to say that if drugs were legalized then there would be less distribution of them and that the people that were addicted could be educated and rehabilitated.