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3/24/97

The Reformer's Calendar

A service of the Drug Reform Coordination Network

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March 25, 6:45pm-9:00pm, Austin, TX
Drug Policy Forum of Texas, with the UT Honors Center and the Student Issues Committee, will co-sponsor a public forum featuring Kevin Zeese, President of Common Sense for Drug Policy, Steven Duke, Professor of Law at Yale University and co-author of America's Longest War: Rethinking Our Tragic Crusade Against Drugs, and others, at the 8th floor atrium of the L.B.J. Presidential Library on the UT campus. For info, e-mail dtwn02a@prodigy.com or call (713) 784-3196.

March 26, 3:30pm-5:00pm, San Francisco, CA
Medical Marijuana: An Overview of the Literature, with Jan Gurley, MD of the San Francisco Department of Public Health, AIDS Office. From the DPH's monthly AIDS/Public Health Grand Rounds series on the clinical, epidemiologic, social, and public health aspects of the AIDS epidemic and other public health issues. 101 Grove St., Room 300.

March 26, 7:00pm-9:00pm, College Station, TX
Drugs.TAMU.edu, public forum sponsored by the Texas A&M University Political Forum of the Student Program Office, with Drug Policy Forum of Texas Vice President Jerry Epstein, and Nina Wright of the San Marcos Drug-Free Business Initiative, self-styled "coordinator of the opposition" to the San Marcos medical marijuana proposition, in Room 301 in Rudder Tower.

March 30, 10:30am, Cambridge, MA
Now Here's What's Funny About Pot Prohibition, with Jon Holmes, chair of the ACLU-MA Drug Policy Task Force. At the Longy School of Music, 1 Follen St., near Harvard Square, sponsored by the Ethical Society of Boston. For info, call (617) 739-9050.

March 31, 9:30am-noon, Washington, DC
Jury Nullification: A "Right," A "Power," or an Invitation to Anarchy? Panel sponsored by the American Bar Association's Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities, at Georgetown University Law Center, Moot Court Room, 600 New Jersey Ave., NW. Admission free. For info, call the Section Office, (202) 662-1030.

March 31 and April 1, Orange County, CA
HIV/AIDS on the Frontline conference. Contact: Orange County Health Care Agency, (714) 834-8020.

April 4, New York, NY
Substance Using Adolescents, with Dr. Lisa Director and Dr. Alexandra Woods. First of three workshops focusing on clinical applications of harm reduction theory with three different clinical populations. Sponsored by the New York State Psychological Association, Division on Addictions. At the Albert Ellis Institute, $25 per workshop. For info, call NYSPA at (800) 732-3933 or Andrew Tatarsky, Ph.D. at (212) 633-8157.

April 5, noon-5:00pm, Hayward, CA
Beyond Prop. 215, annual California NORML state conference. $10 registration fee for non-NORML-members. At the Hayward Hempery, 22630 Foothill Blvd. #420, (510) JET-WEED. From Hayward BART Station, Follow B Street east to Foothill. Suggested accommodations: Comfort Inn (510) 538-4466, Sunrise Hotel (510) 538-4380, Super 8 Motel (510) 733-5012.

April 5, 10:00am-noon, Washington, DC
Families Against Mandatory Minimums chapter meeting. For information, call FAMM headquarters at (202) 822-6700.

April 9, 7:00pm, Portland, OR
The Oregon Cannabis Tax Act campaign has monthly meetings on the second Wednesday of each month at their downtown office at 333 SW Park Ave. For info, call (503) 235-4606 or visit http://www.pantless.com/~octa99 on the web.

April 13-16, Chicago, IL
AMTA Methadone Conference, "Brave Leadership in Challenging Times", to be held at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers. For information, contact: American Methadone Treatment Association (AMTA), 875 Kings Highway, Suite 200, Woodbury, NJ 08096-3172, (609) 845-1270. Methadone advocates, especially patients, should inquire about "working scholarships".

April 17, 4:00pm, New York, NY
Prescribing Methadone in the United Kingdom. Dr. Emily Finch, MBBS, MRC Psychology, examines recent developments in methadone prescribing by general practitioners and community drug teams, distribution via community pharmacies in the United Kingdom, and the British experience with prescribing injectable methadone. At The Lindesmith Center, 888 7th Ave., 27th floor, New York, NY. Call (212) 887-0695 to reserve a place.

April 20, 8:00pm-2:00am, San Francisco, CA
Hemp for Victory 420 Extravaganja, benefit concert for cannabis reform, at the Maritime Hall at 450 Harrison, ticket price $10. For info, call (510) 486-8083.

April 20, Portland, OR
Benefit Concert for the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act campaign, at the Temple at 39th and SE Hawthorne. For info, call (503) 235-4606 or visit http://www.pantless.com/~octa99 on the web.

April 24-26, San Diego, CA
North American Syringe Exchange Convention VII, sponsored by the North American Syringe Exchange Network (NASEN), 535 Dock St., Suite 112, Tacoma, WA 98402, (voice), (206) 272-8415 (fax), nasen@seanet.com. At the Holiday Inn on the Bay, (800) 877-8920. Registration $150 until April 17, $240 after.

April 29th, 4:00pm, New York, NY
Harm Reduction and Pregnant Drug Users. Wendy Chavkin, MD, MPH, Lynn Paltrow, Esq., and Machelle Allen, MD, discuss current and alternative approaches to prenatal drug use. At The Lindesmith Center, 888 7th Ave., 27th floor, New York, NY. Call (212) 887-0695 to reserve a place.

May 8, 4:00pm, New York, NY
British Drug Panics. Marek Kohn, author of Narcomania (1987) and Dope Girls: The Birth of the British Drug Underground (1992), probes the illicit drug scene that sprang up in London during the First World War and lasted into the early 1920s, with the rise of jazz and nightclubs. Kohn examines the similarities and differences between the reactions to that scene and reactions to today's underground dance culture. At The Lindesmith Center, 888 7th Ave., 27th floor, New York, NY. Call (212) 887-0695 to reserve a place.

May 9, New York, NY
Public Sector Psychiatric Patients Abusing Substances, with Dr. Bob Lichtman. Second of three workshops focusing on clinical applications of harm reduction theory with three different clinical populations. Sponsored by the New York State Psychological Association, Division on Addictions. At the Albert Ellis Institute, $25 per workshop. For info, call NYSPA at (800) 732-3933 or Andrew Tatarsky, Ph.D. at (212) 633-8157.

May 10-14, Canton, MS
Weaving a New Vision of Hope, Thread by Thread, Color by Color, Design by Design. National Convocation of Jail and Prison Ministry annual conference. For info, call NCJPM at (202) 547-1715.

May 15, 3:00pm, New York, NY
Video Screening: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's The Nature of Things Segment on Harm Reduction, aired January 30th, 1997. At The Lindesmith Center, 888 7th Ave., 27th floor, New York, NY. Call (212) 887-0695 to reserve a place.

May 15, 4:00pm, New York, NY
Obedient Disciple or Rebellious Neighbour to the North? Update on Canadian Drug Policy. Benedikt Fischer, a researcher at Ontario's Addiction Research Foundation, evaluates Canada's recent flirtations with harm reduction drug policies and examines recent changes in Canadian methadone substitution policy and the prospects for a heroin prescription trial in Canada. At The Lindesmith Center, 888 7th Ave., 27th floor, New York, NY. Call (212) 887-0695 to reserve a place.

June 5-7, Albany, NY
Justice Without Violence: Views from Peacemaking Criminology and Restorative Justice, conference on crime, punishment and justice, sponsored by The Institute for Economic and Restorative Justice and the Dept. of Criminal Justice of Hudson Valley Community College. For information, contact Dennis Sullivan, The Institute for Economic and Restorative Justice, P.O. Box 262, Voorheesville, NY 12186, (518) 765-2468.

June 7-10, Washington, DC
Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants National Convention, at Trinity College. $100 registration until January 31st, includes room and board. For information, contact National CURE, P.O. Box 2310, Washington, DC 20013-2310, (202) 789-2126.

June 13, New York, NY
Psychotherapy With Actively Using Adults, with Dr. Helga Grunberg, Dr. Debra Rothschild and Dr. Andrew Tatarsky. Third of three workshops focusing on clinical applications of harm reduction theory with three different clinical populations. Sponsored by the New York State Psychological Association, Division on Addictions. At the Albert Ellis Institute, $25 per workshop. For info, call NYSPA at (800) 732-3933 or Andrew Tatarsky, Ph.D. at (212) 633-8157.

August 4-7, La Jolla, CA
UCSD Summer Clinical Institute on Addictions, hosted by the Addiction Technology Transfer Center of the School of Medicineís Dept. of Psychiatry. For further information contact Tom Colthurst, (619) 551-2944, (619) 551- 2948 (fax), or e-mail tcolthurst@ucsd.edu.

August 21-23, San Francisco, CA
Building Healthy Families, The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association's 15th Annual Symposium. For info call (415) 255-4547, or e-mail gaylesmed@aol.com.

October 6-8, Sonoma County, CA
Hemp Industries Association Annual Conference. HIA members only. One may join at the door. Booth/display space available. For more info contact the HIA at (707) 874-3648 or info@thehia.org.

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