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Envisioning America without the War on Drugs

Envisioning America without the War on Drugs-a talk with Ethan Nadelmann

More than 1 billion dollars has been spent on America’s “War on Drugs” since its inception on June 17th 1971.   What would our policies look like if the war on drugs ended tomorrow?  What sorts of opportunities would there be for increased treatment, drug education and harm reduction activities?  In a time of increasingly scarce resources, what could the U.S. do with the money that is now spent on the “War on Drugs?”  How much money do we currently spend on pursuing these often devastatingly harmful policies under the pursuit of the drug war?

This talk is provided for free by Roosevelt University’s Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy and Students for Sensible Drug Policy (Roosevelt University chapter).

Ethan Nadelmann is the founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, the leading organization in the United States advocating for drug policies grounded in science, compassion, health, and human rights. Nadelmann was born in New York City, received his BA, JD, and PhD from Harvard, as well as a M.Sc. in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and then taught politics and public affairs at Princeton University from 1987 to 1994.  He has authored two books on international criminal law enforcement - Cops Across Borders and (with Peter Andreas) Policing the Globe – as well as many dozens of articles on drug policy in publications such as Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Science, International Organization, National Review and The Nation. Described by Rolling Stone as “the point man” for drug policy reform efforts, Ethan Nadelmann is widely regarded as the outstanding proponent of drug policy reform both in the United States and abroad.

When:  February 7th, 2012

Time: 4:30 to 6pm

Where: Roosevelt University, Congress Lounge, 2nd Floor

Cost: Free

RSVP: kkane@roosevelt.edu

Date: 
Tue, 02/07/2012 - 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Location: 
430 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
United States
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