Exposing the War on Drugs
Drug Peace is Possible
A radio documentary series exploring and exposing the War on Drugs since its inception, up to current day across the world and in Australia. In 2012, former Home Brew Radio producer, Phil Bromley (Brommers) had a tree change and moved from Sydney to one of Australia’s most infamous and surprisingly massive tourism destinations, Nimbin in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales. Six years on, after observing the relentless police harassment and mainstream media victimization of his new home town, Phil felt it was time to let the town tell their story in their own words. Exposing the War On Drugs is an 8 part series funded by the Community Broadcasting Foundation that’s been developed and produced by members of Nimbin’s own community station, NimFM. The series looks at the ongoing war on drugs in Australia and overseas for the past 100 years. You can’t have a conversation on cannabis in Australia without talking about Nimbin. The team from NimFM, look at the effect this war has had on their own home town. With the current discussion on medicinal cannabis in mainstream news and the changes in drug policies in the US, the push for legalising cannabis has never been stronger. The team has interviewed politicians, doctors, lawyers and member of the general public and together with a look at the history of cannabis and the war on drugs, the series paints a different picture to the one portrayed by the mainstream media.
Nimbin was a small dying dairy town in the early 70s. But a hoard of university students descended on the town in 1973 to hold the Aquarius Festival which changed the town forever.
Episode 3, Never Normal Nimbin, traces the history of Nimbin and it’s rise from dying dairy town to the third most popular tourist destination in its home state of New South Wales.
We speak with town elders about how the town has changed and discover its ongoing role as an example of effective alternative living.
Featuring music from Monkey & the Fish, The Specials, The 5th Dimension, Joe Tate, Canned Heat, Paul Joseph, Ray Charles, Dead Kennedys, Joni Mitchell, The Incredible String Band, The Byrds and Formidable Vegetable Sound System.
In the first episode of the series, we track the prohibition policy that became international thanks to the lies and deceit of the first chief of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics in the US. We introduce, Harry Anslinger.
This is the pilot for the grant for the broadcast of the series on the Community Radio Network (CRN).