Ann first met Logan Kinamore in 2014, when she was a young journalist covering her first story about drug policy. Kinamore is a harm reduction activist based in Louisiana, who has his own history of substance abuse. That’s actually how he learned about the harm reduction movement — which advocates for more compassion and less criminalization of drug users. Now, that movement has taken hold in Oregon, where voters considered a landmark harm reduction policy in the 2020 election. c and what the Oregon measure could mean for the future.
This story is Part 7 of 8 in a series called Fair Shake, about what drug laws and the cannabis business can teach us about social equity in the U.S.
Part 1: A Laboratory for Fairness
Part 3: Funny Business, Shenanigans and Chicanery
Part 6: Psychedelics & Safe Spaces
Written and reported by Ann Marie Awad
Lead producer: Luis Antonio Perez
Editors: Dennis Funk, Jo Erickson
Music: Daniel Mescher, Brad Turner
Executive producers: Brad Turner, Kevin Dale
Additional production: Rebekah Romberg
Illustrator: Jonell Joshua
Thanks also to Kim Nguyen, Jodi Gersh, Clara Shelton, Matt Herz, Martin Skavish, Rachel Estabrook, Francie Swidler.
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