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Cannabinoid Conference 2011

The International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines and the European Workshop on Cannabinoids are sponsoring the Cannabinoid Conference 2011. This will be a very worthwhile conference for scientists, physicians, interested patients and caregivers in a very pleasant city with excellent public transportation. Many scenic areas, such as the Rhine Valley, are close by the conference site.

For complete information, including registration, see

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 1:00pm - Sat, 09/10/2011 - 10:00pm
Regina-Pacis-Weg 3 University of Bonn
Bonn 53113

Introducing Points: The Blog of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society

 The Alcohol and Drugs History Society Launches




Contact: Joseph Spillane, Managing Editor, [email protected], (352) 273-3355

The Alcohol and Drugs History Society Launches Points

January 18, 2010 - The Alcohol and Drugs History Society today unveiled Points, an interdisciplinary blog that examines present-day cultural developments and policy debates through various historical lenses. Led by Managing Editors Drs. Joseph Spillane and Trysh Travis, Points brings historical considerations to bear on contemporary drug and alcohol-related issues. Spillane and Travis hope the blog will act as a resource and virtual meeting space for  scholars, advocates, activists, and others interested in unraveling the complex relationship between past and present controversies surrounding mind-altering substances both legal and illicit.

Contributing Editors Caroline Jean Acker (Carnegie Mellon University), Charles Ambler (University of Texas-El Paso), Joseph Gabriel (Florida State University), Brian Herrera (University of New Mexico), David Herzberg (University of Buffalo), Amy Long (drug policy reform and free speech advocate), Michelle McClellan (University of Michigan), and Ron Roizen (independent scholar) will join Spillane and Travis in posting short, thoughtful reflections on topics as varied as addiction and treatment methodologies, the global drug war, media representations of substance use and abuse, the pharmaceutical industry, and alcohol and drug-related pedagogy. Points will also feature periodic interviews with authors of recent books on relevant topics and contributions from guest bloggers outside the university. "We hope to distill - no pun intended - some of the most exciting new scholarship on the history of drugs and alcohol into engaging and readable material that will interest a broad audience," says Spillane.

In addition to Points, the Alcohol and Drugs History Society publishes the ADHS Daily Register and The Social History of Alcohol and Drugs: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Joseph Spillane is the author of Cocaine: From Medical Marvel to Modern Menace in the United States (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000) and an Associate Professor of History at the University of Florida (UF). His most recent project is a study of liberal prison reform in twentieth-century New York State. Trysh Travis teaches in UF's Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research and is currently working on an edited collection entitled "Re-Thinking Therapeutic Culture." Her first book, The Language of the Heart: A Cultural History of the Recovery Movement from Alcoholics Anonymous to Oprah Winfrey, was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2009.



"I'm Dangerous with Love" Opening


Can a psychedelic plant release your demons?

An underground adventure into shamanic ritual

Opens at New York’s IFC Film Center on Wednesday January 12, 2011

"Bursts on the screen like a circus fire. A movie you'll never forget." 
- D A Pennebaker & Chris Hegedus

I'M DANGEROUS WITH LOVE is about addiction and rehabilitation, activism and shamanism. It features Dimitri Mugianis, once the heavily addicted front man for the band Leisure Class, who finally ended his long drug and alcohol addiction with an experimental treatment that uses the hallucinogen Ibogaine, and now devotes his life to helping others overcome addiction through the treatment.

African shamans have used Ibogaine in their rituals for centuries, but in the US it is classified as a Schedule 1 controlled substance and illegal, so Dimitri must  work in underground networks to guide addicts through the same detox that he says saved his life.

I'M DANGEROUS WITH LOVE traces Dimitri's risky journey as he treats desperate drug users. It follows this man of edgy energy as he goes from one addict to the next without stopping to catch his breath. It also follows him on his own search for recovery when one session goes bad in a remote snowed-in Canadian home, and a quiet young man almost dies. Dimitri must decide whether or not to continue his mission. Is he serving the addicts or simply releasing his own demons? To find answers, Dimitri travels to Gabon, West Africa, to consult with Bwiti shamans, and puts himself through a punishing Iboga initiation. Filmmaker Michel Negroponte follows him on this journey to find his own answers.

"A haunting, visceral exploration of addiction and one contemporary man's fearless and determined quest for healing and redemption through the ancient wisdom of the Bwiti and their 'magical' plant, Iboga. For those seeking a path out of darkness, this film is not to be missed." Charles Shaw, AlterNet

“A powerhouse: brutally honest, hilarious, incisive, heroic. It capture’s a character who lives against the odds. Negroponte doesn’t just go the extra mile to capture story and character – he goes an extra light year and takes the audience with him. Its one of those docs that’s going to walk all over the festival circuit like it fucking owns the place.” -Sheffield Doc/Fest

"Laced with decidedly dark humor, I'm Dangerous with Love is both a compelling character study and an exciting excursion into an underground subculture." John Berra, Electric Sheep

"Negroponte turns a compassionate eye on the world of drug addiction, and one man's personal passionate crusade to rescue the addicted, one addict at a time.  An absorbing and at times exhilarating film that boomerangs from the underbelly of Manhattan to the jungles of Gabon and back again."  Ross McElwee

2009 85 minutes, USA, digital video, English, Color 
Directed by Michel Negroponte • Written by Nick Pappas and Joni Wehrli • Animation by Lisa Crafts • Music and Sound Design by Brooks Williams and Beo Morales • Photographed and Edited by Michel Negroponte • Executive Producers Julie Goldman, Krysanne Katsoolis, Caroline Stevens • Produced by Blackbridge Productions in association with Cactus Three


Wed, 01/12/2011 - 11:15am - 9:30pm
323 Avenue of the Americas IFC Film Center
New York, NY 10014
United States

re:Form -- Art Auction and Cocktail Reception

An art auction and cocktail party is being held in Los Angeles to benefit the Drug Policy Alliance.  For more information and to register, see:,com_frontpage/Itemid,1/

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
2622 S. La Cienega Blvd. Honor Fraser Gallery
Los Angeles, CA 90034
United States

Drug Wars and Drug Laws: Addiction Treatment Through the Lens of Politics, Race and Culture

Featured speakers:

Cheryl Grills, PhD, Loyola Marymount University, President of the Association of Black Psychologists

Ethan Nadelmann, JD, MA, PhD, Executive Director and Founder of Drug Policy Alliance

Race, class and culture are integral aspects of any clinical treatment; they particularly impact the treatment of addictive disorders.  Just recently we have seen the repeal of the Rockefeller Drug Laws, the implementation of Mental Health Parity and National Health Reform.  The country is in economic crisis, and we are in the midst of political sea change.

We will examine how these issues impact drug users and problematic drug use, and how they enter into the clinical situation, especially as expressed in transference and counter-transference experience. The conference is designed to help clinicians better address issues of race, culture and politics in their work with substance users.

For more information, and to register, please visit

Fri, 01/14/2011 - 8:30am - 5:30pm
60 Washington Square South New York University's Kimmel Center
New York, NY 10012
United States

Medical Cannabis Conference

The Orange County Chapter of NORML, and Apothecary Genetics and GGECO University will be holding a one day Medical Cannabis Conference for Seniors, Medical Professionals and the Community. Tickets on sale at

California voters passed Proposition 215 in 1996, which allowed qualified patients with a physician’s recommendation to use medical marijuana legally. In 2003 Senate Bill 420 was passed and allowed patients who are not able to grow their own medicine to join patient collectives providing safe access to their medicine. In the last couple years there has been an increase in medical cannabis. In an effort to help further state, county, and city agencies educate and protect the public, about the proper safe use and governing legislation regarding medical cannabis. Educating the public about safe use with various routes of administration, dosage forms, and methods of usage are known and that correct information is being received by the public and medical community this conference is being held.

The Medical Cannabis Conference will be bringing two renowned Physicians to Orange County for their first presentations ever in this area, Dr. William Courtney and Dr. Donald Abrams.

William Courtney, M.D., has an extensive medical education; he received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan, his Doctor of Medicine from Wayne State University, and his Post Doctorate in Forensic Examination and Forensic Medicine. Dr. Courtney currently has a private practice in Mendocino County, California. Dr. Courtney is currently a member of International Cannabinoid Research Society, the International Association of Cannabis as Medicine, the Society of Clinical Cannabis and Vice President of the Association Luxembourgeoise des Methodes Preventives.

Donald Abrams, M.D., is Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of California San Francisco and Chief of Hematology/Oncology at San Francisco General Hospital. He provides Integrative Oncology consultations at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. He is a member of the UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center Executive Committee and is co-chairing the Center's developing program in Symptom Management, Palliative Care and Survivorship.

Also scheduled to speak is William Britt Founder of the Association of Patient Advocates and Court Qualified Cannabis Expert, Debby Goldsberry one of the Founders of Americans for Safe Access and Berkley Patients Group, Lanny Swerdlow Director of Marijuana Anti Prohibition Project, Jeffrey C. Raber, Ph.D. of The Werc Shop, Sytze Elzinga, Ph.D. Netherlands Cannabis Research, Bret Bogue from GGECO University, Brett Stack of Marijuana Saves Lives, Cheryl Shuman from Kush Magazine, Lonnie Painter from Laguna Woods Medical Cannabis Collective, Anna Boyce, R.N. a community activist, Marla James from OC Americans for Safe Access, Mieko Hector-Perez and Attorney Jeremy Joseph from the Unconventional Foundation for Autism.  

At the conclusion of the Medical Cannabis Conference there will be a screening of “What If Cannabis Cured Cancer” and a question and answer session with the documentary’s Director Len Richmond.

The Orange County chapter of NORML is a nonprofit organization working since 2003 to spread knowledge about alternatives to the drug war and working to protect the rights of California medical marijuana patients.  Apothecary Genetics is a multi-faceted corporation which includes GGECO University that strives to bring the most up to date information to educate people on the properties of cannabis and its medical uses, as well as the properties of hemp and our need to have these plants legalized in the United States.

Sat, 01/22/2011 - 9:00am - 8:00pm
23822 Avenida Sevilla Clubhouse 3
Laguna Woods, CA 92637
United States

California NORML Conference -- Marijuana Reform: Next Steps for California

Please join us at the "Marijuana Reform: Next Steps for California" conference.

Directions and Transit information

Pre-registration is $30 per person (includes lunch).

You may pay by following this link:

Or you may download a registration form and send it in with a check to:

2261 Market St. #278A
San Francisco, CA 94114

If you have questions or special dietary restrictions, please write: [email protected]

Sponsored by:


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Sat, 01/29/2011 - 9:30am - 5:30pm
2150 Allston Way David Brower Center
Berkeley, CA 94704
United States

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Training Session -- Medical Marihuana in Michigan: Guidance for Local Governments

The Ottawa County Planning Commission is pleased to announce that it has scheduled a training titled, Medical Marihuana in Michigan: Guidance for Local Governments.

In 2008, Michigan voters approved a state-wide ballot initiative to permit the medical use of marijuana. The state legislature then adopted the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA). Since the passage of the Act, local governments have been working to interpret the new law, and ensure that their community is protected from any unintended negative effects. This training will provide information that will assist local governments in understanding the MMMA. In addition, information will be provided about issues that the Act does not address. This includes but is not limited to the following: federal preemption of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act; zoning for dispensaries and marijuana businesses; and approaches that can be utilized by local units of government to regulate medical marijuana.

The training session is open to local government officials, students, and all interested citizens. The instruction for this seminar is being donated by attorneys Ronald A. Bultje, and Daniel R. Martin, from the law firm of Scholten Fant; as a result, this seminar is free and open to the public. 

A minimum number of participants is necessary for all training sessions; therefore, pre-registration is appreciated. To register for classes or obtain additional information, please contact the Ottawa County Planning and Performance Improvement Department at (616) 738-4852.

Wed, 12/08/2010 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
6676 Lake Michigan Drive (Allendale Township Hall)
Allendale, MI 49401
United States

Confronting an Oxymoron: Taking Control of Controlled Substances



November 16, 2010, 5:30 p.m., 42 West 44th Street, New York NY

The federal Controlled Substances Act of 1970 defines U.S. drug control. For forty years it has affected crime, public health, and the justice system, with little success: the societal harm relating to drugs continues to escalate. On this fortieth anniversary of the Controlled Substances Act, the Committee on Drugs and the Law will present an international group of experts to address key questions:

  • What can health and law enforcement officials do differently to control the supply of and demand for psychoactive substances?
  • What economic, regulatory, and social tools to control the drug markets are we not using?
  • Which currently regulated markets for potentially harmful substances or products might be adapted to control the sale and use of illicit drugs?
  • Which controls best protect young people?


Roger Goodman, J.D., Vice Chair, House Judiciary Committee, Washington State Legislature, Kirkland, WA.

Topic: Current legislative struggles to reform drug regulation at the state level: legal, practical and ideological obstacles.

Mark Haden, M.S.W., Addiction Clinical Supervisor, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

Topic: Options for regulation of drugs based on public health and human rights.

Nathan Riley, Legislative Assistant, N.Y. State Senator Joseph Galiber (1990-1993), New York, NY.

Topic: An early attempt to create a regulated market for drugs in New York State and public health crises as the primary impetus for drug law reform to date.

Steven Rolles, Senior Policy Analyst, Transform Drug Policy Foundation, author of “After the War on Drugs: Blueprint for Regulation,” Bristol, England.

Topic: Existing models around the world for regulating products such as caffeine, tobacco, alcohol, pharmaceuticals, as well as prohibited psychoactive substances.

Marc Sorini, Esq., Head of the Alcohol Regulatory and Distribution Group, McDermott Will & Emery, Washington, D.C.

Topic: The legal mechanism of alcohol regulation. (This presentation will focus exclusively on alcohol control and will take no position regarding drug law.) 

Eric E. Sterling, President, Criminal Justice Policy Foundation, Assistant Counsel, U.S. House Judiciary Committee (1979-1989), Silver Spring, MD.

Topic: History of federal drug laws from 1914, focusing on the Controlled Substances Act and Reagan-era criminal statutes.

Tue, 11/16/2010 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
42 West 44th Street
New York, NY
United States

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