Critical Perspectives on the Drug War

An Associated Press investigation in 2010 concluded the U.S. has spent over $1 trillion on the War on Drugs since 1970. Despite decades of effort and incarcerating more than 37 million people for drug-related offenses, drug use remains high and drug supply and purity are greater than ever, according to AP and CNN reports.

The panelists at this symposium will demonstrate how past prohibitionist policies have failed, and how it’s time to reevaluate our approach. The recent referendum victories of legalizing marijuana in Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Oregon and Washington, D.C. highlight the public’s growing desire and readiness for sensible drug policies.

At this symposium, experts from the legal, political and judicial arenas, as well as civil rights activists, harm reduction workers, entrepreneurs and full-time reform workers will take a deeper look at how U.S. drug policies have affected society, and will discuss the future of drug policymaking.

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