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StoptheDrugWar.org Teleconference on the Marijuana Legalization Initiatives

StoptheDrugWar.org is pleased to announce our first teleconference, featuring the initiative campaigns in Colorado, Oregon, and Washington State to enact regulatory (legalization) systems for marijuana. Please join us by phone or Skype on Thursday, September 27, 6:00pm PST / 9:00pm EST -- call (805) 399-1200 and enter access code 135516. We will discuss what the initiatives do, what their prospects are for passage and for fueling further reform, and what people can do to get involved.

The following exciting speakers have agreed to join us:

  • Oscar Eason, Jr., NAACP Alaska/Oregon/Washington State Area Conference
  • Alison Holcomb, New Approach Washington
  • Paul Stanford, Oregon Cannabis Tax Act
  • Brian Vicente, Sensible Colorado

Please RVSP here on our Facebook event page or our evite, and please spread the word! We will accept questions by email, now and during the teleconference -- send them to [email protected].

Please stay tuned also for announcements of additional teleconferences to discuss the upcoming state medical marijuana initiatives, prospects for reform in Congress next year, and other topics. If you are not already subscribed to the Drug War Chronicle newsletter, you can subscribe here -- follow us on Facebook and Twitter too.

Rally at Obama Fundraiser, Oakland on Monday, to Save Harborside and Medical Marijuana

(Update: Live video feed from the protest.)

July 23rd, 3:30 PM OBAMA KEEP YOUR PROMISE!

Protest federal cannabis raids when the President visits Oakland, the target of DOJ raids on Harborside, Oaksterdam U., and other medical cannabis centers.

Gather at Oakland City Hall Plaza, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza:

12 noon - Political Theater
3:00 pm - Protest
4:30 pm - President Obama arrives at Fox Theater

http://www.facebook.com/events/342631035818988/

http://stopthedrugwar.org/trenches/2012/jul/20/rally_monday_obama_fundraiser_oa

#SaveHarborside

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Date: 
Mon, 07/23/2012 - 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: 
Oakland, CA
United States

Southern Harm Reduction and Drug Policy Conference

 

North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition, Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition, Streetwork and Women With A Vision invite you to attend the Southern Harm Reduction and Drug Policy Conference

 

Event Dates: The event will take place Thursday September 6th through Saturday September 8th, 2012
 

Sign up page:   http://tinyurl.com/SHRDPC

 

Event Contact: Robert Childs, 336-543-8050 [email protected]

 

Event Price: $55 via Check, $56 via paypal

 

Scholarships: Scholarships are available to people living in the US South ONLY.  If you need a housing or conference fee waiver scholarship, please fill out the registration form and the following form: http://tinyurl.com/SHRDPC-Scholarship

 

Topics that will be covered:

Syringe Access
Faith, Drugs and Sex Work
HCV and Harm Reduction
Marijuana Policy Update
Harm Reduction Media
Sex Work in the South
Transgender Health & Harm Reduction
War on Drugs, A War on the People
911 Good Samaritan Laws
Advocacy 101
National and Regional Drug Policy Update
Mass Incarceration
Law Enforcement As Advocates
Crack User and Injection Drug User Harm Reduction Safety  
Traditional and Untraditional ways to funding Harm Reduction and Drug Policy Reform 
The Negative Effects of Drug Testing
Overdose Prevention 101
Street Nursing and Outreach Skills
Mapping a Drug Policy Reform and Harm Reduction Friendly Future for the South
Crack Pipe Access and Hepatitis
Drug User Stigma
Syringe Exchange 101

 

Event Financial Sponsors: The Drug Policy Alliance and the MAC AIDS Fund

Event Co-Sponsors: SSDP, Georgia AIDS Coalition, Triangle Health Collective, Kuan-Yin, North Carolina Sex Worker Alliance, Hepatitis Community Voice, and many more!

    Date: 
    Thu, 09/06/2012 - 9:00am - Sat, 09/08/2012 - 5:00pm
    Location: 
    Atlanta, GA
    United States

    4/20 Protest at Obama Oaksterdam-area Headquarters

    There is a Bay Area 4/20 demonstration against the Obama administration's war on medical marijuana. It's starting a short time from now at the federal building in Oakland, followed by a march at noon Pacific time to Oaksterdam and Obama campaign headquarters, which is around the corner from Oaksterdam University. There is a film festival and benefit party for California NORML and OU starting at 3:00pm, and another event in the area tomorrow.

    Phil is attending and will be posting a Chronicle report this afternoon -- check back. Visit http://www.canorml.org for sign up for their updates. Following is the CANORML announcement:

    Fri 4/20 - OAKSTERDAM PROTEST (11:30 - 1:30)
    and FILM FESTIVAL (3PM - 8PM)

    JOIN US at 11 AM, at the Federal Building in Oakland (1301 Clay St.) to protest the federal attack on Oaksterdam and medical cannabis. At 12 PM we will be marching up to Oaksterdam to make our views known to the President's campaign. Participants are invited to drop by the Oaksterdam Student Union 1915 Broadway for refreshments after 1 PM.

    FILM FESTIVAL & 4/20 CELEBRATION - 3 PM - 8 PM at Oaksterdam (1600 Broadway) $10 for benefit of Cal NORML & Oaksterdam U. Featuring: "A NORML Life" (3PM); "California 90420" (4:30 PM) and special premier presentation: "The Green Goddess" (6PM) with in-person Q& A by producer Chris Iverson. Facebook event page

    Sat 4/21 DEEP GREEN FESTIVAL at Craneway Conference Center, Richmond - noon -midnite
    Festive Earth Day celebration of the 7 dimensions of cannabis. Look for the CalNORML table!

    DPA Grants Program LOIs Due April 26th

    The Drug Policy Alliance will allocate roughly $750,000 during the 2012/2013 Promoting Policy Change (PPC) grant cycle. PPC seeks to broaden public support for drug policy reform and will fund organizations who have consistently demonstrated success utilizing strategic and innovative approaches to increase such support. Proposals we fund are those designed to educate the public and policymakers about the negative consequences of current local, state or national drug policies, to promote better awareness and understanding of alternatives to current drug policies, and to broaden understanding of the extent to which punitive prohibitionist policies are responsible for most drug-related problems. Promoting Policy Change is a fund that has a two-tier application process.

    We require a letter of intent to initiate the relationship. The deadline for the letter is Thursday, April 26th, 2012 at midnight (eastern). All LOIs must be emailed to [email protected]. The letter should consist of a single page that includes your organization’s name and all contact information; IRS status; a brief description of how your proposal is aligned with DPA's priorities (as described at drugpolicy.org/about-us/advocacy-grants-program); the amount of your funding request; and the organization's specific drug policy goals and deliverables during the fiscal year covered.

    If you are invited to apply following submission of your LOI, you will be notified on or about May 15th. The deadline for requested proposals is June 18th, 2012 by 8pm (eastern). Please note that being asked to apply is NOT a guarantee of an award being made. Awards will be made mid to late September.

    DPA Grants Program LOIs Due April 26th

    The Drug Policy Alliance will allocate roughly $750,000 during the 2012/2013 Promoting Policy Change (PPC) grant cycle. PPC seeks to broaden public support for drug policy reform and will fund organizations who have consistently demonstrated success utilizing strategic and innovative approaches to increase such support. Proposals we fund are those designed to educate the public and policymakers about the negative consequences of current local, state or national drug policies, to promote better awareness and understanding of alternatives to current drug policies, and to broaden understanding of the extent to which punitive prohibitionist policies are responsible for most drug-related problems. Promoting Policy Change is a fund that has a two-tier application process.

    We require a letter of intent to initiate the relationship. The deadline for the letter is Thursday, April 26th, 2012 at midnight (eastern). All LOIs must be emailed to [email protected]. The letter should consist of a single page that includes your organization’s name and all contact information; IRS status; a brief description of how your proposal is aligned with DPA's priorities (as described at drugpolicy.org/about-us/advocacy-grants-program); the amount of your funding request; and the organization’s specific drug policy goals and deliverables during the fiscal year covered.

    If you are invited to apply following submission of your LOI, you will be notified on or about May 15th. The deadline for requested proposals is June 18th, 2012 by 8pm (eastern).  Please note that being asked to apply is NOT a guarantee of an award being made.  Awards will be made mid to late September.

    National Geographic "American Weed" Series Premiering Tonight

    The Family Business: The Stanley brothers inspect young crops at their medical marijuana growhouse. (Steve Schrenzel / NGT)
    The new National Geographic series "American Weed," exploring the Colorado's booming medical marijuana industry and the pushback, premieres tonight at 10:00pm ET/PT. Watch, then come back here to the Speakeasy and let us know what you think.

    More info on "American Weed" is online at http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/american-weed/. A series of video previews is online here, or can be viewed below on this page.

    Here's the announcement NatGeo emailed us this morning:
     

    American Weed
     
    Premieres Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. ET/PT
     

    All-new series American Weed finds Colorado medical marijuana businesses under scrutiny and facing mounting pressures from local residents. Medical cannabis entrepreneur and Fort Collins dispensary owner Josh Stanley works aggressively to counter such pressure with radio ads and fundraisers. As the oldest of 11 kids, Josh relies heavily on several of his brothers to work at the grove and keep his business supplied in medical marijuana. Meanwhile, Sgt. Jim Gerhardt and fellow officers on the North Metro Task Force continue to find illegal grows by residents claiming to be growing medical marijuana. Is the pendulum swinging back to curb the 10-year proliferation of medical marijuana in Colorado?

     

    American Weed: Marijuana Drama

    Premieres Wednesday, February 22, 2012, at 10 p.m. ET/PT

    Fort Collins dispensary owner Dawn Clifford and her husband, John, are facing the possibility of their business being shut down due to a proposed marijuana dispensaries ban.  If it happens, all owners are on the chopping block, and hundreds of patients will be left in the cold. The Stanley brothers are growing their medicinal marijuana to sell at their dispensaries throughout the state.  But the guys face a problem: their $250,000 crop must be moved before the plants outgrow the space and the crop is lost. Meanwhile, Scoot Crandall is rounding up votes to stop Fort Collins from being what he calls the “pot capital of Northern Colorado.” And Sgt. Jim Gerhardt discovers marijuana is growing in a suburban neighborhood within reach of children — who have picked leaves and taken them to school.

     

    Removing The Bars: an interdisciplinary conference on criminal justice at Columbia University

    Date: 
    Fri, 03/23/2012 - 6:00pm - Sat, 03/24/2012 - 9:00pm
    Location: 
    New York, NY
    United States

    La Prohibition des Drogues: à l'ombre de la politique pénitentiaire

    Date: 
    Thu, 03/29/2012 - 9:00am - 6:00pm
    Location: 
    Brussels, BRU
    Belgium

    Drugs: A Balance to a Century of Their Prohibition

    Mexico City, February 8th 2012

    INVITATION

    México Unido Contra la Delincuenciais pleased to invite you to the International Forum “Drugs: A Balance to a Century of Their Prohibition”,to be held on February 14th, 15th and 16th at the National Museum of Anthropology, at the Auditorium Jaime Torres Bodet, in Mexico City. The Museum is located in Paseo de la Reforma and Gandhi Road s / n, Col. Polanco Chapultepec, Miguel Hidalgo, CP 11560, Mexico City, Mexico. The inauguration of the forum will be on Tuesday February 14th at 9:00 am.

    We will have the presence of distinguished national and international experts, among which we highlight:

    • César Gaviria: Former Colombian President, Member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy.
    • Jorge Castañeda: Former Secretary of Foreign Affairs.
    • Arturo Valenzuela: Professor of Government and Director, Center for Latin American Studies at Georgetown University.
    • Fernando Henrique Cardoso: Former President of Brazil, President of the Global Commission on Drug Policy.
    • Ethan Nadelmann, founder and Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance
    • Alejandro Madrazo: Professor and researcher at the Center for Economic Research and Teaching (CIDE)
    • Jack Cole: Part of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP)
    • Jorge Hernández Tinajero: A President of Collective for Integrated Drug Policy (CUPIHD)
    • Luis Astorga: Coordinator of the UNESCO Chair "Economic and Social Transformations connected with the international drug problem."
    • Mark Kleinman: U.S. Professor of the School of Public Affairs, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
    • Maria Elena Medina Mora: Director General, National Institute of Psychiatry "Ramón de la Fuente Muñiz"
    • Mike Trace: Executive Director of Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners Trust (RAPT

    Please RSVP with Karla Higuera 5246-0100 ext. 376 ([email protected]) or Daniel Soto ext. 249 ([email protected])

    Day 1: 14 of february

     

     

     

    9:00AM – 9:30AM

    Conference Héctor Aguilar Camín:  "Drugs: a balance after 100 years of prohibition."

    9:45AM – 10:45AM

    Conference George Will: "The failure of prohibition: chapter 2."

    11:00AM – 1:15PM

    Are there any alternatives? Ethan Nadelmann, Jorge Hernández and Donald McPherson Moderator: Andres Lajous

    1:30PM – 2:45PM

    Lunch: Restaurant Meridien

    3:00PM – 5:00PM

    Security Panel #1: Are drugs equal to violence? Strenghthening the institutions and reducing violence. Eduardo Guerrero, Mark Kleiman, Alejandro Hope and Luis Astorga; moderator Andres Lajous

    5:15PM – 6:30PM

    Panel: "¿Status Quo or Alternative strategis? An outlook":Jorge Castañeda

      

    Day 2: 15 of february

     

     

     

    9:00AM – 11:15AM

    Security Panel #2: "The war on drugs: a judge`s experience:" James P.Gray                            

     

    "The war on drugs: a change in paradigm": Sergio Ferragut,  Antonio Mazzitelli and James Gierach; moderator James P. Gray

    11:30AM – 1:30PM

    Health Panel #1: "Vision of a public health problem":Alex Wodak, Ernest Drucker and Larry Campbell; moderator Andrés Lajous

    1:45PM – 2:45PM

    Lunch: Restaurant Meridien

    3:00PM – 5:00PM

    "Public policy: a state vision": Video: President Cardoso/ Live panel: César Gaviria, Ruth Dreifuss and Mike Trace

    5:15PM – 7:00PM

    Health Panel #2: "International experiences emphazising a public health approach": Nuno Capaz (Portugal), Peter Blanken (Holanda)

     

     

    Day 3: 16 of february

     

     

     

    9:00AM – 9:45AM

    "Economic drivers of the problem and possible solutions"

    10:00AM – 11:00AM

    "Violence and public force. A turning point: the future of police forces": Ernesto López Portillo, Jack Cole and Walter McKay (LEAP); moderator Andrés Lajous

    11:15PM – 12:15PM

    "The Mexican experience in public health": María Elena Medina Mora and Juan Ramon de la Fuente

    12:30PM – 1:30PM

    "A vision from the Mexican government."

    1:30PM – 2:15PM

    Conclusions and proposals: Alejandro Madrazo, Ernesto López Portillo and Jorge Castañeda

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    Date: 
    Tue, 02/14/2012 - 9:00am - Thu, 02/16/2012 - 2:15pm
    Location: 
    Mexico City, DIF
    Mexico

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