Media Advisory: UC Irvine School of Law Students to Host Conference Offering “Critical Perspectives on the Drug War”


WHAT: 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 various news reports. Speakers at this symposium will demonstrate how past prohibitionist policies have failed, and will discuss ways to re-evaluate and reform drug policymaking.

Panel Topics:

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

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.

WHO: This conference is organized by Law Students for Sensible Drug Policy at UC Irvine. Participants include experts from the legal, political and judicial arenas, as well as civil rights activists, harm reduction workers, entrepreneurs and full-time reform workers. Keynote speakers are Graham Boyd, Director of New Approach PAC, and Dr. Lakisha Jenkins, Founder & CEO of The Kiona Foundation.

WHEN: Saturday, February 21, 2015, 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

WHERE: UC Irvine School of Law, 401 East Peltason Drive, Irvine, CA 92697. Directions

Schedule, full speakers’ list and online RSVP available at:

CONTACT: Media planning to attend the event should contact Colleen Taricani, UCI Law Assistant Dean for Communications, at (949) 824-3063 or

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