Should marijuana be legalized?
"Heads vs. Feds: The Debate over the Legalization of Marijuana" will help clear the air on this heated topic on Wednesday, September 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Perkins Student Center Auditorium.
Steve Hager, "the world's most famous pot head," and longtime editor of High Times magazine will go head-to-head with DEA veteran Robert Stutman, "the world's most famous narc," on issues surrounding marijuana legalization in this interactive presentation.
Steven Hager has a master's degree in Journalism from the University of Illinois, and a bachelor degree in Theatre. He is a former reporter for the New York Daily News and was editor of High Times Magazine for more than 16 years. Hager has written four books: Hip Hop (St. Martins' Press), the first history of rap music, break dancing and graffiti; Art After Midnight (St. Martin's Press), a history of the East Village art scene of the 1980s; and Adventures in the Counterculture (High Times Books), a collection of his High Times journalism. The Octopus Conspiracy (Trineday) contains everything in his previous three books, as well as Hager's history of secret societies. "This is the real Da Vinci Code," says Hager, "and it's not about goddess worship, but an examination of some of the darkest forces that rule our planet."
For the last five years, Hager has been a documentary film maker who writes, directs, shoots, and edits his own features. "Heads vs. Feds DVD" is one such product. Hager is also the creator of The Cannabis Cup, the academy awards of marijuana, which is held every year in Amsterdam during Thanksgiving week. Koch Vision released his feature documentary of this event in 2003. He continues to produce and direct the annual event, and is also Editor-at-Large of High Times Magazine and contributes a monthly column to the magazine titled "Counterculture Chronicles."
Bob Stutman became a street agent with DEA in 1965. In 1970, at age 27, he became the youngest supervisor in the history of the agency. In 1971, he formed the International Training Division, where he remained in charge until 1976, when he became Director of the Office of Congressional Affairs. In 1979, at age 36, Bob was promoted to Special Agent in Charge of the New England Field Division (again, the youngest in DEA history). In 1985, Bob was given the responsibility of SAC of the New York Field Division (the largest division) where he remained until his retirement in 1990.
Stutman was often credited with bringing "crack" to national attention and emphasizing the role of prevention activities in drug law enforcement. As a result, William F. Buckley credited him with "single handedly changing the policy of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration."
In 1990, Stutman established The Stutman Group, a consulting firm with approximately 1500 clients that designs and implements substance abuse prevention programs for communities, school systems, and corporations.
In addition, he has been the Special Consultant on substance abuse for both CBS and PBS. He has appeared regularly on 60 Minutes, 48 Hours, Firing Line, The Ted Koppel Show, Today, Good Morning America, and Phil Donahue. He was recently featured in the award-winning PBS Frontline documentary entitled "The Drug Wars". His best selling autobiography Dead on Delivery was published by Warner Books. Stutman has given approximately 100 speeches a year over the last 15 years and was named "Speaker of the Year" by the Young Presidents Organization.