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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

Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy National Conference 2012

 

'Progress not Prisons'
Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy
National Conference 2012

Calgary, Alberta
March 2-4, 2012

THE PLACE TO CONNECT
for Young People, Activists, Researchers, Service Providers
and Others Looking to Change Drug Policies in Canada and Around the World

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Youth and students interested in presenting can be a part of the conference -Click here ...

Travel scholarships available for youth and students -Click here ...

'an exciting weekend full of informative presentations, engaging workshops, and more'

Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy

Date: 
Fri, 03/02/2012 - 9:00am - Sun, 03/04/2012 - 7:00pm
Location: 
Calgary, AB
Canada

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: [email protected]

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

Marijuana Education Day

Saturday, January 28th, 2012
Nashville, Tennessee

Marijuana Education Day
 
Featuring NORML founder
Keith Stroup, Esq.
 
Luncheon Seminar
Medical, Legal and Legislative Updates
10:30 am to 3:00 pm
Sunset Grill, 2001 Belcourt Avenue
$30/person. Cash Bar.
 
Dinner with Keith Stroup
7:00 pm, Sunset Grill
$125/person. Cash Bar.
 
Mail checks payable to TN NORML to:
205 Clearbrook Ct., Nashville, TN 37205-3925
Please respond by 25 January.
For information, email [email protected] or call 615-294-6187.
Date: 
Sat, 01/28/2012 - 10:30am - 9:00pm
Location: 
Nashville, TN
United States

Pain Patients Lose a Leading Advocate, Siobhan Reynolds, 1961-2011

Siobhan Reynolds (left) at 2004 Congressional briefing, with Dr. Frank Fisher, Ron Libby and Maia Szalavitz (photo courtesy PRN)
My friend and colleague Siobhan Reynolds, founder of the Pain Relief Network (PRN), died in a plane crash this weekend outside Columbus, Ohio. The pilot of the plane, her partner Kp Byers, was also a pain activist, an attorney whose practice had focused since 1992 on defending medical professionals caught in the crosshairs of the drug war. Radley Balko has written an extensive tribute to Siobhan, online here. So does Jacob Sullum at Reason.

As Radley has noted and as many others will doubtless note, Siobhan's work organizing media and legal support for patients, doctors, pharmacists and nurses was a courageous one. An article in the New York Times last year by Adam Liptak shows the degree to which prosecutors and even some judges felt threatened by the scrutiny Siobhan and PRN had drawn to their handling of certain cases, and the lengths to which they were willing to abuse legal process to shut her down. Perhaps the daring of riding in a small plane is a mirror of the daring she showed in her career taking on the government.

PRN did shut down last year, the organization's financial resources and Siobhan's own resources depleted by the struggle. But Siobhan was working on forming a new patient advocacy organization, Radley noted. I hope that others will take up that torch in her name. The under-prescribing of opiates to many patients who need them, and the injustice of lengthy mandatory minimum drug sentences being leveled at doctors and others over prescribing practices that at worst are debatable, is one of the most challenging problems in the drug war to take on. There is far too little help -- medical, advocacy, or otherwise -- for the people most deeply affected. Among those people were her husband, the late Sean Greenwood.

The Pain Relief Network still has an online presence, and its home page provides Siobhan's reasons for the organization's closure and her hopes of what could happen in the future. Our own web site has an archive devoted to the pain under-treatment issue, much of the material in it about Siobhan's work.  Also, Siobhan wrote several articles this year on prohibition and the drug war's impact on the doctor-patient relationship, the articles linked to from her web site.

Last but not least, in the YouTube video posted below, "Being Unable to Help," Siobhan talks about what was impossible to do for her husband in the current medical and legal environment. Share it widely.

 

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