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 U.S. 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.

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Panel Topics

    • Alternatives to Incarceration
    • Legalization Efforts
    • Research and Public Health
    • Emerging Industries
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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. Materials available for download here »

Keynote Speakers

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

Additional Speakers