Pioneer of Drug Policy Reform, Ethan Nadelmann, sits down with Madison Margolin to discuss destigmatizing substances.
“To some extent the drug users of today were like the jews or the witches or the gays, or any other despised and oppressed minority. That was the other element in which my consciousness crossed over and where I found a calling. – Ethan Nadelmann
In this episode Madison Margolin and Ethan Nadelmann ponder:
- Drug policy reform
- Ethan Nadelmann’s spiritual background
- Connecting emotional and intellectual pursuits
- Oppression, stigmatization, and demonization
- The civil rights struggle of substance use
About Ethan Nadelmann:
About Madison Margolin:
“I’m a journalist straddling California, New York, and Israel-Palestine, focused on psychedelics, cannabis, and Judaism (in jest, I’ll say “Jews & Drugs”). I also cover culture, policy, and science. I’m passionate and curious about how people can transcend their minds to access something greater than themselves — be it through getting high off acid or God, meditating, creating art, or something somatic, I’ve set out to explore the various ways people nourish their souls. This is what drives me, and most of my writing, in some way or another, connects back to this theme.
These days, I work as an editor at DoubleBlind, the print and digital magazine I co-founded, covering psychedelics and where they intersect with mental health, spirituality, environmental justice, and social equity. I also co-founded the Jewish Psychedelic Summit and host a podcast called Set & Setting on the Be Here Now Network. I’ve been practicing journalism since 2014 and have been published in outlets like Rolling Stone, Vice, Playboy, High Times, Tablet, and Nylon, among others.
I got my start with a column on cannabis at the Village Voice, just after graduating from Columbia Journalism School. Prior to that, I lived in Tel Aviv, working with Israel’s African refugee community. In a past life, I also lived at a crazy co-op called Cloyne, while studying rhetoric and linguistics at UC Berkeley.
I’m a nerd about language and speak or dabble in French, Russian, Yiddish, and Hebrew. When not working, writing, or reporting, I’m usually dancing, spinning my hula hoop, or practicing yoga.”