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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

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


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

Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy

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

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]

Tue, 02/07/2012 - 4:30pm - 6:00pm
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.
Sat, 01/28/2012 - 10:30am - 9:00pm
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.


Children of the Drug War: Specialty Seminar at the London School of Economics

The Mannheim Centre for Criminology is holding a specialty seminar to mark the publication of Children of the Drug War by Damon Barrett.

When? Tuesday, November 22, 2011, 6 :00-7 :30 pm.

Where? Moot Court Room, 7th floor, New Academic Building, Lincoln's Inn Fields

Chaired by Damon Barrett

Speakers: Jennifer Fleetwood – Mothers and Children of the Drug War : A View from a Women’s Prison in Quito, Ecuador.

Steve Rolles – After the War on Drugs : How Legal Regulation of Production and Trade Would Better Protect Children

Michael Shiner – Taking Drugs Together: Early Adult Transitions and the Limits of Harm Reduction in England and Wales

About the book

Children of the Drug War is a unique collection of original essays that investigates the impacts of the war on drugs on children, young people and their families. With contributions from around the world, providing different perspectives and utilizing a wide range of styles and approaches including ethnographic studies, personal accounts and interviews, the book asks fundamental questions of national and international drug control systems:

•What have been the costs to children and young people of the war on drugs?
•Is the protection of children from drugs a solid justification for current policies?
•What kinds of public fears and preconceptions exist in relation to drugs and the drug trade?
•How can children and young people be placed at the forefront of drug policies?

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About the speakers

Damon Barrett is Senior Human Rights Analyst at Harm Reduction International.

Jennifer Fleetwood Is Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Kent.

Steve Rolles is Senior Policy Analyst at the Transform Drug Policy Foundation.

Michael Shiner is Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Social Policy at the London School of Economics.

RSVP: If you are planning to attend please let Michael Shiner know ([email protected])

Tue, 11/22/2011 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
United Kingdom

13th Annual Students for Sensible Drug Policy International Conference

Hi David,

I know you're eager for more details about SSDP's 13th Annual International Conference, and since you've been to one of our previous conferences, I wanted to make sure you got first access to vital information about this once-in-a-lifetime event. 

Early bird registration
Register today to take advantage of significantly discounted early bird registration rates. 

  • $45 - Students
  • $65 - Alumni
  • $95 - Non-students

Fees will increase on January 2, 2012. Included in each registration will be four meals (breakfast and lunch will be provided during both days of the conference), a tote bag, name tag and conference program.

Call for session proposals

SSDP wants this event to be the biggest, best conference yet, so we've decided to open a call or proposals for folks like you to come up with ideas for workshops, panels, talks, meetups, or other programming for us to consider including as part of SSDP2012.

More details and proposal submission form here.


Each year, SSDP establishes a scholarship fund to help make it affordable for our student activists to attend our national conference. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to our SSDP2012 Scholarship Fund today. Last SSDP conference, we were able to award 165 student scholarships and we hope to be able to help even more this year! 

Students can learn more about scholarship opportunities and how to apply here. 

And more...

Check out the for exhibiting opportunities, sponsoring the event, location information, frequently asked questions, and more.  Details and more information will be posted at as well as on our blog, the Dare Generation Diary. You can also find this event on Facebook. Questions should be directed to [email protected].

See you in Denver!


Stacia Cosner

Associate Director



Hundreds of SSDP chapter leaders, members, alumni, and supporters of drug policy reform from all over the world.


SSDP2012: The 13th Annual International Students for Sensible Drug Policy Conference


Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center
7800 East Tufts Avenue
Denver, CO 80237
Reserve your room using the SSDP discount here.


March 24-25, 2012


To gather hundreds of individuals who know there are alternatives to the failed war on drugs and want to do something about it. The weekend will include expert panels, guest speakers, an awards ceremony, networking events, an alumni reunion, SSDP Congress, and more.




Students for Sensible Drug Policy
1317 F Street NW Suite 501, Washington, DC 20004 - (202)393-5280 -

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Thu, 11/24/2011 - 10:00am - Fri, 11/25/2011 - 4:00pm
Denver, CO
United States

Show-Me Freedom Benefit for Americans for Forfeiture Reform and Green Aid


You are invited to the following event:

Show-Me Freedom

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Nov 22, 2011at 8:00 PM to
Nov 23, 2011 at 2:00 AM (PT)

The New Parish
579 18th Street
Oakland, CA 94612

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Show-Me Freedom is a benefit for Green Aid: The Medical Marijuana Legal Defense & Education Fund and Americans for Forfeiture Reform in support of Show-Me Cannabis Regulation, a legalization initiative for the State of Missouri! Tickets include: ...
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Americans for Forfeiture Reform & Ed Rosenthal's Green Aid

Tue, 11/22/2011 - 8:00pm - Wed, 11/23/2011 - 2:00am
579 18th Street
Oakland, CA 94612
United States

Congressional Briefing on Drug Sentencing Reform in the Americas


You are invited to a Congressional briefing





12:00 - 1:00pm in Room 212-10 of the U.S. Capitol Senate Visitor Center


2:00 - 3:00pm in 2226 Rayburn House Office Building


Soffiyah Elijah

Executive Director, Correctional Association of New York

Kara Gotsch

Director of Advocacy, The Sentencing Project

Diana Esther Guzmán

Principal Researcher, DeJuSticia

Bogotá, Colombia

Last year’s passage of the Fair Sentencing Act, legislation that reduced the 100-to-1 sentencing disparity for crack cocaine offenses and eliminated the five-year mandatory minimum for simple possession of crack cocaine, reformed a law universally condemned for its harshness and the racial disparity it produced.  The drug sentencing changes are a milestone, and form part of a larger movement to reconsider long mandatory minimum sentences for low-level drug offenses that pervade sentencing policy in the United States as well as in Latin America.

This event is free of charge and open to the public, but seating may be limited.

Refreshments will be provided.

To attend, please reply to Clay Boggs at [email protected].

Sponsored by The Sentencing Project and the Washington Office on Latin America

The Sentencing Project is a national organization working for a fair and effective criminal justice system by promoting reforms in sentencing law and practice, and alternatives to incarceration.

Wed, 11/16/2011 - 12:00pm - 3:00pm
P.O. Box 53108
Washington, DC 20009
United States

The 9th National Harm Reduction Conference: "From Public Health to Social Justice"


Dear Guest,


You're cordially invited to the

 9th National Harm Reduction Conference: "From Public Health to Social Justice"

The 9th National Harm Reduction Conference: From Public Health to Social Justice is the only multidisciplinary conference focused on improving the health of drug users. Over a thousand people from around the country will meet to address the many critical issues affecting the drug user community including overdose, HIV, hepatitis, incarceration, stigma. Physicians, medical professionals, policy makers, researchers, HIV/AIDS and hepatitis service agencies, organizations providing services for youth, and the homeless as well as community based and advocacy organizations will be well represented at this much anticipated event.

Thursday, November 15, 2012 10:00 AM  -  Sunday, November 18, 2012 2:00 PM

Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel
1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97201 USA

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1401 SW Naito Parkway
Portland, OR 97201
United States

Book Launch: América Latina Debate Sobre Drogas

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Av. Corrientes 1543
Buenos Aires, B

Drug War Issues

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