About the Author
Anthony Walker R.N. is a Maryland native and was born in Baltimore, 1959. He has dedicated his life to serving others and worked at Johns Hopkins Hospital as a clinical nurse for 26 years. As a young person growing up in the 1970’s, he experimented with marijuana, which he now calls it by its scientific name, cannabis. Though the use of cannabis came and went at various times in his life, he claims that he does not use it now and that it should never have been considered a crime.
Mr. Walker left his home town of Baltimore in the Fall of 2015. In the wake of the Freddie Gray trial, he claims the whole town was becoming more dangerous each day. The prohibition of drugs and the racial bias to how those laws are carried out had made Baltimore and its people “sick”. Prohibition has also weakened the local economy and strained the relationship between the people and the police. There is also very little drug treatment available at any price in the town. Out of a growing frustration with the reality of mass incarceration and crime actually created by our present laws, Mr. Walker took a month off of work to write a book about his personal experiences with cannabis and how working as a nurse has shaped how he now views our culture. He claims his first book will generate fan letters and hate mail. He calls it a manifesto and hopes to get people talking.
He now lives in Bradenton Florida with his life long friend Patricia. He hopes to return to Baltimore once the drug war ends and locals can begin seeing prosperity and job creation rather than poor opportunity and punishment. Baltimore and the rest of the country can heal, Walker says, if we can begin to see solutions through the eyes of caring, from the nurse’s point of view.