Heads Vs. Feds

Heads Vs. Feds

 Southbury, Connecticut, USA
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Blazing through a campus near you is the “Great Debate”. Called “the best program we’ve ever had” by schools all over the country. Steve Hager, longtime editor of High Times Magazine takes on hard-hitting DEA veteran Robert Stutman on the multitude of issues surrounding marijuana legalization.

Biography

Steven Hager

Editor-in-Chief of High Times Magazine, founded The Tin Whistle, his first underground newspaper, in 1967, while a high school student in Illinois. He went on to receive a Masters of Science degree in Journalism from the University of Illinois.

In 1980, he became the first reporter to travel to the South Bronx to document the history of hip hop, a project that resulted in the book "Hip Hop" (St. Martins' Press) and the film "Beat Street" (Orion Pictures).

Hager became editor-in-chief of High Times in 1988. That same year, he founded the Cannabis Cup, the "Academy Awards of Marijuana," and became a leading figure in the hemp legalization movement by creating the first national Hemp Tour.

In 1997, Hager left his post as editor of High Times to concentrate on creating new events for High Times (including the Whee! festival, the Stonys and the Doobies), while also studying low-budget video production, so these events could be properly documented).

He returned to High Times as editor-in-chief in 1998, and was replaced six years later as the magazine made an ill-fated attempt to change its direction. He returned as editor in 2006.

Hager has remained one of the most visible and active proponents of marijuana legalization, and has campaigned extensively on the social, political, economic and judicial reasons he feels Marijuana should be legalized.

Hager is the author of several books, including "The Octopus Conspiracy" (Trine Day), and producer/director of several feature-length documentaries, including "The Cannabis Cup" (Koch Entertainment).

Bob Stutman

Retired from DEA in 1990 as Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Division. During his years with DEA he was referred to as an “S. O. B. on the side of the angels” (Boston Herald Magazine) and “the most famous narc in America” (New York Magazine).

Bob became a street agent with DEA in 1965. In 1970, at age 27, he became the youngest supervisor (GS-14) 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.

Bob 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 addition Bob has been the Special Consultant on substance abuse for both CBS and PBS. He has appeared regularly on 60 Minutes, 48 Hours, Today, Good Morning America. 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.