THURSDAY

Thursday, November 19

 

Breakout Sessions
11:30am – 1:00pm

Youth Drug Prevention and Education: New Paradigms for a New Era
Salon A

From the Temperance Movement to “Just Say No,” we have primarily relied on scare tactics, punitive policies and stigma to persuade and coax young people to abstain. But now as Americans increasingly support health-centered approaches to drug policy, new drug prevention and education strategies are also gaining traction. Parents and educators need sensible answers about how the new landscape presents both a challenge and an opportunity to engage young people in meaningful conversations about drugs and their use. DPA’s Youth Policy Advisory committee and others will explore the latest developments at the intersection between youth development, harm reduction, and the war on drugs.

Moderator: Effie Nulman, Chair, Drug Policy Alliance Youth Advisory Committee, Riverdale, NY

• Jerome Beck, Comprehensive Drug Education Consultants, Portland, OR
• Andrea Brandon, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, NYU School of Medicine, New York, NY
• Vilmarie Fraguada Narloch, PsyD., Board Member, Students for Sensible Drug Policy
• Rhonda Paganetti, Director, Drug Prevention Services, NYC Dept. of Education, New York, NY
• Marsha Rosenbaum, Director Emerita, Drug Policy Alliance, San Francisco, CA
• Andrew Tatarsky, Founder & Director, Center for Optimal Living, New York, NY
• Ken Tupper, Adjunct Professor, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
• Sheila Vakharia, Assistant Professor of Social Work, Long Island University, New York, NY

When Women Ended Prohibition: The 21st Century Struggle to End the Criminalization of Drug Use
Salon B

Just as they ended Alcohol Prohibition, women are building a movement to end the drug war. From organizing for harm reduction principles and practices, to fighting for a just and equitable criminal justice system, women are on the front lines of the drug war and leading many of the most successful efforts in the nation to end these failed policies. How are women working to create a future where drug policies are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights? What will it take to end drug prohibition in the 21st century? How do we create a world without the systemic marginalization and criminalization of people – overwhelmingly poor, Black and Brown – who use and sell drugs?
Spanish interpretation available.

Moderator: Nkechi Taifa, Senior Policy Analyst, Open Society Foundations, Washington, D.C.

• Gretchen Bergman, Executive Director, A New PATH, San Diego, CA
• Ann-Marie Cockburn, Advocate, Martha’s Mum, Oxford, United Kingdom
• Alison Holcomb, Director, Campaign for Smart Justice, American Civil Liberties Union, Seattle, WA
• Rebecca McGoldrick, Executive Director, Protect Families First, Providence, RI
• Amaya Ordorika, Member of ReverdeSer Colectivo and a Researcher on Human Rights and Drug Policy for the Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights, Mexico City, Mexico
• Lynn Paltrow, Executive Director, National Advocates for Pregnant Women, New York, NY

Breaking the Third Rail: Politicians Calling for No More Drug War
Salon C

Elected officials that champion drug policy reform rarely have a forum to share strategy and trade notes. What’s working today to move our common agenda in the halls of government? How are politicians constrained when it comes to advancing alternative drug policies? An accomplished array of local, state and federal officials
will share insights on their journeys to becoming drug policy reform advocates and tips for moving your
own elected officials on municipal and state level drug policy reform issues. Spanish interpretation available.

Moderator:
Jill Harris, Deputy Director, Campaign to End Mass
Incarceration, ACLU, Brooklyn, New York

• Retired Senior District Judge John Delaney, Bryan, TX
• District of Columbia Councilmember David Grosso, Washington, D.C.
• State Delegate Dan Morhaim, Baltimore, MD
• Mayor Svante Myrick, Ithaca, NY

The End is Nigh: When Will Congress End Federal Marijuana Prohibition?
Salon H

Recent years have seen a burst of activity from Congress on marijuana policy. Last year, the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment to protect state medical marijuana programs became law, and this year a group of Senators introduced the first-ever Senate bill to end federal prohibition of medical marijuana. With marijuana legal in four states and Washington, D.C., and more states set to legalize in 2016, when will Congress finally end federal prohibition of marijuana? How might this happen?

Moderator: Jasmine L. Tyler, Senior Policy Analyst, Open Society Foundations, Washington, D.C.

• Rep. Earl Blumenauer, U.S. House of Representatives, Portland, OR (invited)
• Chris Ingraham, Journalist, Washington Post, Washington, D.C.
• Rob Kampia, Executive Director, Marijuana Policy Project, Washington, D.C.
• Bill Piper, Director, Office of National Affairs, Drug Policy Alliance, Washington, D.C.
• Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, U.S. House of Representatives, Huntington Beach, CA (invited)

Asset Forfeiture: An Insidious Tool of Drug War
Salon J

Civil asset forfeiture – and its widespread abuse – are deeply tied to the expansion of the drug war in the 1980s and 90s. This law enforcement mechanism is now so engrained in day-to-day operations that seizing property often appears more essential to police agencies than protecting and serving the public. Whether concerned with constitutional rights, government overreach, or drug policy, criminal justice reformers and many other people are focusing like never before on the injustices of asset forfeiture. Where and how are reformers gaining traction? And what are the prospects for widespread reform in the face of virulent opposition from law enforcement?

Moderator: Theshia Naidoo, Senior Staff Attorney, Drug Policy Alliance, Oakland, CA

• Kanya Bennett, Legislative Counsel, ACLU, Washington, D.C.
• Sakira Cook, Counsel, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Washington, D.C.
• Jonah Engle, Independent Journalist, Montreal, Quebec
• Phil Harvey, Founder, DKT Liberty Project, Washington, D.C.
• Jason Pye, Director of Justice Reform, FreedomWorks, Washington, D.C.
• Darpana Sheth, Attorney, Institute for Justice, Arlington, VA

What are the Goals of Drug Policy Reform and How Do We Connect Those Dots?
Salon K

Imagine a society where drug use and regulation are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights, people aren’t punished for what they put into their bodies and the fears, prejudices and punitive prohibitions of today are no more. How do we strategically and conscientiously achieve this goal? What drug policy issues should we focus on and why? Come learn DPA’s perspective on how best to invest your efforts to effectively dismantle the drug war. Speakers will discuss the intersectionality between reducing criminalization, marijuana regulation, harm reduction and evidence-based drug education.

Presenters:
• Asha Bandele, Director, Advocacy Grants Program, Drug Policy Alliance, New York, NY
• Stephen Gutwillig, Deputy Executive Director, Drug Policy Alliance, Los Angeles, CA

DEA Museum Tour
1:00pm – 4:00pm | DEA Museum

Lunch (on your own)
1:00pm – 2:30pm

Breakout Sessions
2:30pm – 4:00pm

Faith, Fallacies and the Failure of the Drug War
Salon A

What does it say about our nation’s moral compass when more than two million people are behind bars? How is the faith community working to end the war on drugs, and what more can be done? Why is supporting drug policy reform a moral dilemma for faith leaders and communities? And why are many faith leaders speaking out against this unjust war while others remain hesitant?

Moderator: Dr. William Martin, Professor, Harry & Hazel Chavanne Professor Emeritus of Religion and Public Policy Rice University, Houston, TX

• Dr. Iva Carruthers, General Secretary, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, Chicago, IL
• Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Executive Director, Religious Action Center, Washington, D.C.
• Rev. Edwin Sanders, Senior Servant, Metropolitan Interdenominational Church, Nashville, TN
• Rev. Al Sharp, Executive Director, Clergy for a New Drug Policy, Chicago, IL
• Rev. Teresa Smallwood, Associate Minister,
Israel Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.
• Rev. Janet Wolf, Director, Children’s Defense Fund Haley Farm and Nonviolent Organizing, Clinton, TN

Supervised Injection Facilities: Advancing Reforms in the U.S.
Salon B

Supervised injection facilities (SIFs) allow people to consume drugs in a supervised, often clinical space. There are more than 100 such facilities throughout the world – but none in the U.S. What is the status of organizing efforts in the U.S.? Who will use SIFs and what advantages do they offer people who use drugs and their communities? What can we learn from efforts in other countries? What are the pros and cons of operating underground programs versus working to shift the legal and political environment? And what role can SIFs play in addressing the HIV epidemic and other health issues among people who use drugs? Spanish interpretation available.

Moderator: Laura Thomas, Deputy California State Director, Drug Policy Alliance, San Francisco, CA

• Matt Curtis, Policy Director, VOCAL, New York, NY
• Pete Davidson, Assistant Professor, UCSD Global Public Health, San Diego, CA
• Taeko Frost, Executive Director, Washington Heights Corner Project, New York, NY
• Nanna Gotfredsen, Gadejuristen/Street Lawyers, Copenhagen, Denmark
• Kali Lindsay, Deputy Director, Public Policy, amfAR, Washington, D.C.

The Drug War and the Militarization and Bastardization of Police Practices
Salon C

Traditionally explained as the result of a few bad apples, police abuses are increasingly recognized as systemic failures that actually undermine public order. Police forces became militarized largely due to the drug war and benefit from seemingly unconditional support from lawmakers and the judiciary. How have the politics of the drug war and the often-sensationalized violence of the drug trade helped to create this phenomenon? What incentives are there for police to serve as community-based peace officers instead of soldiers on the front lines of mass incarceration?
Spanish interpretation available

Moderator: Shakyra Diaz, Policy Manager, ACLU of Ohio, Cleveland, OH

• Mizue Aizeki, Deputy Director, Immigrant Defense Project, New York, NY
• Patrisse Cullors, Co-Founder, Black Lives Matter, Los Angeles, CA
• Veronica Bayetti Flores, Policy Coordinator, StreetWise and Safe, New York, NY
• Lauren Galik, Director of Criminal Justice Reform, Reason Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
• Rachel Herzing, Soros Justice Fellow, Oakland, CA
• Retired Lieutenant Diane Goldstein, Board Secretary, LEAP, Redondo Beach, CA
• Amaya Ordorika, Member of ReverdeSer Colectivo and a Researcher on Human Rights and Drug Policy for the Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights, Mexico City, Mexico

Marijuana and the Politics of 2016: The Impact on Candidates, Voter Turnout and Criminal Justice Reform
Salon H

The political discourse around marijuana has changed dramatically from President Clinton (“I did not inhale”) to President Obama (“I don’t think [marijuana] is more dangerous than alcohol.”). The 2016 election will see an unprecedented number of marijuana legalization initiatives on state ballots, including in presidential battleground states. Candidates from both major parties have spoken favorably of marijuana reform. Will legalization measures impact the 2016 general elections? And how might specific initiatives affect local and national discourse about drug policy and incarceration, influence
voter turnout, and set the stage for further reforms
beyond 2016?

Moderator: Graham Boyd, New Approach, Santa Cruz, CA

• Kellie Dupree, Director of Programs and Communications, Ballot Initiative Strategy Center, Washington, D.C.
• Jehmu Greene, Political Analyst and Contributor, Fox News Channel, Washington, D.C.
• John Hudak, Brookings Institute, Washington, D.C.
• Dave Metz, Principal, Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates, Oakland, CA
• Ben Pollara, Director, United For Care, Miami, FL
• Matt Schweich, Director of State Campaigns, Marijuana Policy Project, Washington, D.C.

Beyond Political Boundaries: The Bi-Partisan Movement for Reform
Salon J
 
From President Obama to the Koch Brothers, the political left and right seem to agree that reforming our criminal justice system and dramatically reducing incarceration are major priorities. What are the moral, social and policy imperatives driving this phenomenon? With disparate motivations, how sustainable is this coalition? Can the left and right truly collaborate and make long-lasting, meaningful change?
 
Moderator:Margaret Dooley-Sammuli, Criminal Justice and Drug Policy Director, ACLU of California

• Michael Collins, Deputy Director of National Affairs,
• Drug Policy Alliance, Washington, D.C.
• Alison Holcombe, Director, Campaign to End Mass Incarceration, ACLU, New York, NY
• LB Eisen, Senior Counsel, Justice Program, Brennan Center for Justice, New York, NY
• Angela Pacheco, District Attorney, First Judicial District, Sante Fe, NM
• Pat Nolan, American Conservative Union Foundation, Washington, D.C.
• William Ruger, Vice President of Policy and Research, Charles Koch Institute, Arlington, VA

Organizing 101: From Activist to Organizer
Salon K

Learn how to build group participation and get more people involved in your efforts around drug policy reform. We will look at advocacy campaigns that have led to systemic changes that scale back some of the worst harms of the drug war. We will share community organizing tools and tactics.
• Presenter: Lorenzo Jones, Executive Director, A Better Way Foundation, Hartford, CT


Breakout Sessions
4:30pm – 6:00pm

The Drug War Making Drugs Worse: What Can We Do About “New” Drugs?
Salon A

Flakka, bath salts, krokodil, 25i-nBOMe: these are just some of the drugs known collectively as “novel psychoactive substances” (NPS) or “new synthetic drugs” in the US. Need a primer on these “new” (to the market) substances? Why might drug checking – testing substances to determine their contents – be one of the most important harm reduction interventions on the horizon? And what happened with the policy reforms in New Zealand that created a framework to safely regulate these drugs? Are any innovative policy responses emerging in the US, or are we doomed to repeat the
same drug war mistakes with these drugs?

Moderator: Stefanie Jones, Nightlife Community Engagement Manager, Drug Policy Alliance, New York, NY

• Ross Bell, Executive Director, New Zealand Drug Foundation, Auckland, New Zealand
• Mitchell Gomez, National Outreach Director, DanceSafe, Denver, CO
• Joseph Palamar, Assistant Professor, New York University Langone Medical Center, Department of Population Health, New York, NY
• Grant Smith, Deputy Director, Office of National Affairs, Drug Policy Alliance, Washington, D.C.

Is the U.S. Finally Ready for Heroin-Assisted Treatment?
Salon B

This much has been scientifically and unequivocally proven – heroin-assisted treatment works, and at great cost-savings. Why, then, has the U.S. not followed the eight countries that have already implemented successful pilot or permanent programs? This panel will review the evidence in support of heroin-assisted treatment, examine the challenges and lessons learned from implementation in other countries, specifically Canada and Denmark, as well as the political environment in which these programs were initiated. What is the viability of moving heroin-assisted treatment forward in the U.S.? And what are
some potential strategies for doing so? Spanish interpretation available.

Moderator: Lindsay LaSalle, Staff Attorney, Drug Policy Alliance, Oakland, CA

• Ernest Drucker, Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology, Columbia University, New York, NY
• Michael Jourdan, Filmmaker, Denmark
• Eugenia Oviedo-Joekes, Associate Professor, University of British Columbia, School of Population and Public Health, Vancouver, Canada
• Peter Reuter, Professor, University of Maryland, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, College Park, MD
• Senator Tick Segerblom, Nevada State Senator, Las Vegas, NV
• Adrienne Smith, Health and Drug Policy Lawyer, Pivot Legal Society, Vancouver, Canada

Porro, Ganja, Mota, Gras: Models for Cannabis Regulation from Around the World
Salon C

What are the world’s most cutting-edge marijuana regulation models? Uruguay became the first nation to legally regulate marijuana; Jamaica passed sweeping marijuana decriminalization reforms that focused on religious rights and therapeutic access; Spain took advantage of a legal grey area to set up hundreds of cannabis social clubs; medical marijuana proposals are sweeping Europe and Latin America; and people throughout Europe are advocating for local marijuana initiatives. How are marijuana reforms being advanced around the world, despite political limitations? And what role does cultural context play in developing safe,
ethical and inclusive models for regulation?
Spanish interpretation available.

Moderator: Zara Snapp, Policy and Communications Officer, Global Commission on Drug Policy, Mexico City, Mexico

• Congressman Marvin Atencio Delgado, Citizens’ Action Party, Costa Rica
• Florencia Lemos, Member of Proderechos and Co-Founder of the CLUC Cannabis Club, Montevideo, Uruguay
• Amber Marks, Lecturer in Law, Queen Mary University of London, UK
• Delano Seiveright, Director, Jamaica Cannabis Commercial and Medicinal Research Taskforce, Kingston, Jamaica
• Georg Wurth, CEO, German Hemp Association, Berlin, Germany

Drugs, Criminal Justice and Pop Culture: America’s Untold Story!
Salon H

Bob Dylan and Nina Simone, Paul Robeson and Harry Belafonte. Successful US artists have long used their celebrity status to highlight social and political issues of their time. Contemporary artists Immortal Technique, John Legend, Talib Kweli and many others have followed in this rich tradition by using their art as a form of protest against the criminal justice system and the drug war.
Are we ready to break the taboo and talk about drugs and American pop culture? Can we move past morality and open up a truthful public dialogue about the systemic roots of crime and drug addiction? What can we do to get more entertainers to back up their rhetoric with real political advocacy?

Moderator: Tommy McDonald, Deputy Director, Media Relations, Drug Policy Alliance, Oakland, CA

• Kassandra Frederique, Policy Manager, Drug Policy Alliance, New York, NY
• Crystal Monee Hall, Recording Artist and Adjunct Professor of Music at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, New York, NY
• Dr. Christophe Ringer, Assistant Professor of Theological Ethics and Society, Chicago Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL
• Dr. Donald Tibbs, Associate Professor of Law, Thomas R. Kline School of Law, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
• Rebecca Tiger, Associate Professor of Sociology, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT
• T-Dubb-O, Hip Hop Artist, Political Director, Hands Up United, Florissant, MO
• Jasiri X, Hip Hop Artist, Pittsburg, PA

It’s Time for a New New Deal
Salon J

If all drug war prisoners’ sentences were commuted tomorrow, would we be prepared to truly welcome them home? As coalitions have come together across class, party and organizational lines to rebuke our drug and criminal justice policies, what plans have we made to ensure the restoration of people and communities impacted by mass criminalization and incarceration? How can formerly incarcerated and convicted people – and their families – exert themselves in the next election cycle and beyond? What are we asserting as moral and policy imperatives as we enter a new generation of drug and criminal justice policy? What’s our New Deal?

Moderator: Asha Bandele, Director, Advocacy Grants Program, Drug Policy Alliance, New York, NY

• Pastor Kenneth Glasgow, President, The Ordinary People Society, Dothan, AL
• Jill Harris, Deputy Director, Campaign to End Mass Incarceration, ACLU, Brooklyn, NY
• Norris Henderson, Executive Director, V.O.T.E., New Orleans, LA
• Dorsey Nunn, Executive Director, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, San Francisco, CA
• Tina Reynolds, Executive Director, Women on The Rise Telling Her Story, Brooklyn, NY
• Deborah Peterson-Small, Executive Director, Break the Chains, Richmond, CA
• Kemba Smith, Author, Poster Child, Richmond, VA

Saving Lives in Southern States: Advancing Harm Reduction Legislation in the South
Salon K

The over-prescribing of painkillers is fueling nearly 17,000 annual deaths from overdoses in the United States as well as a rise in heroin use. Southern states have experienced some of the highest rates of overdose in the country – and, remarkably, have recently passed extensive reforms to address this. How do we engage unlikely allies – including law enforcement and elected Republicans – to advance harm reduction legislation in some of the most conservative states in the country? Can we turn these policy band-aids into long-term structural reforms that strike at the heart of the drug war?

Moderator: Laura Thomas, Deputy Director, Drug Policy Alliance, San Francisco, CA

• Robert Childs, Executive Director, North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition, Durham, NC
• Cate Graziani, Public Policy Fellow, Mental Health America of Texas, Austin, TX
• Jason Merrick, Executive Committee President, People Advocating Recovery, Louisville, KY
• Dr. Mojgan Zare, Executive Director, Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition, Atlanta, GA