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Critical Perspectives on the Drug War

A symposium presented by
Law Students for Sensible Drug Policy at UC Irvine

Saturday, February 21, 2015

8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

EDU 1111, UC Irvine School of Law (map)

An Associated Press investigation in 2010 concluded the United States has spent over $1 trillion on the War on Drugs since 1970. Despite decades of effort and incarcerating more than 37 million people for drug-related offenses, drug use remains high, and drug supply and purity are greater than ever, according to AP and CNN reports.

The panelists at this symposium will demonstrate how past prohibitionist policies have failed, and how it’s time to reevaluate our approach. The recent referendum victories of legalizing marijuana in Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Oregon and Washington, D.C. highlight the public’s growing desire and readiness for sensible drug policies.

At this symposium, experts from the legal, political and judicial arenas, as well as civil rights activists, harm reduction workers, entrepreneurs and full-time reform workers will take a deeper look at how U.S. drug policies have affected society, and will discuss the future of drug policymaking.

Register online here >

Panel Topics:

  • Alternatives to Incarceration
  • Legalization Efforts
  • Research and Public Health
  • Emerging Industries

Keynote Speakers

  • Opening Keynote: Graham Boyd, Director, New Approach PAC
  • Afternoon Keynote: Dr. Lakisha Jenkins, Founder & CEO, The Kiona Foundation

Additional Speakers

  • Troy Dayton, ArcView Group
  • Whitney Englander, Harm Reduction Coalition
  • Sabrina Fendrick, Berkeley Patients Group
  • Diane Goldstein, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
  • Hon. James Gray, Superior Court of Orange County (Ret.)
  • Justin Hartfield, WeedMaps
  • Allen Hopper, ACLU of California
  • Tina Kim, Ph.D., Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
  • Alex Kreit, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • Martin Lee, Project CBD
  • Lynne Lyman, Drug Policy Alliance
  • Shabnam Malek, Cobalt Law, LLP
  • Guillermo Moreno-Sanz, Ph.D., UCI Department of Pharmacology
  • Kris Nyrop, Public Defender Association
  • Hon. Joe Perez, Superior Court of Orange County
  • Amanda Reiman, Ph.D., Drug Policy Alliance
  • Lance Rogers, Viridis Law Group
  • Christian Sederberg, Vicente Sederberg
  • Bradley Steinman, Green Business Law

Schedule and more details on the Symposium page >

This event is approved for up to 5.75 hours of Minimum Continuing Legal Education Credit by the State Bar of California. UC Irvine School of Law is a State Bar-approved MCLE provider.