DPF CONFERENCE NEXT WEEK!
a copy of our press release and a schedule follows
International Conference Brings
Drug Policy Reform Debate to Washington, DC
WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 - Hundreds of advocates for major reforms in drug policy will meet in Washington tomorrow to debate new options for drug control policy. The conference will focus on how the war on drugs affects individual rights and health care, as well as ways to elevate the drug debate on Capitol Hill.
The Eighth International Conference
on Drug Policy Reform
Thursday, Nov. 17 - Saturday, Nov. 19
Loews L'Enfant Plaza Hotel
480 L'Enfant Plaza, S.W., Wash., D.C.
The Drug Policy Foundation, an international forum for drug policy alternatives, is sponsoring the event, the largest of its kind in the United States. Following is a partial list of featured speakers.
* Gustavo de Greiff, the former Colombian prosecutor general, who raised the conviction rate for drug cases in Colombia from 20 to 75 percent. He has sparked controversy in the United States by calling for a serious study of legalization as the best means of putting criminal traffickers out of business. Dr. de Greiff is now Colombia's ambassador to Mexico.
* U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), who is now serving his seventh term in Congress. Rep. Frank is an outspoken critic of many components of the drug war, such as mandatory minimum sentencing. He chairs the House Subcommittee in International Development, Finance, Trade and Monetary Policy, and is also a member of the Judiciary and the Budget committees.
* Kristine M. Gebbie, former U.S. AIDS Policy Coordinator, oversaw the nation's HIV and AIDS agenda in research, services and prevention. Prior to her appointment by President Clinton, Ms. Gebbie served as Secretary of the Department of Health for Washington state.
* Dr. Robert G. Newman, president, the Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City, has played a major role in developing and directing addiction treatment programs throughout the world during the past 25 years. He has served as a consultant to the World Health Organization and has consulted and lectured in Australia, Hong Kong, Thailand and throughout Europe. Dr. Newman will be giving the keynote address at the Friday luncheon.
* Dr. Peter Beilenson, director, Baltimore Department of Health, works with both the mayor's office and the police department to help implement programs for addicts and the inhabitants of the poorer areas of the city. Most recently, Dr. Beilenson aided the Maryland State House in adopting historic needle exchange legislation.
The conference covers a wide range of policy issues and includes two professional tracks: one for doctors and one for lawyers. (A preliminary schedule follows.)
The Drug Policy Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 1994 Achievement Awards in Drug Policy Reform. The winners, who will be recognized at the Saturday evening banquet, are (in order of presentation):
The New Haven (CT) Board of Young Police Commissioners for Achievement in Law Enforcement
Australian Capital Territory for Achievement in Law
psychologist and author for Achievement in Scholarship
activist and author,
and Louis Jones
founder, STANDUP Harlem for Achievement in Citizen Action
Robert G. Newman, M.D.
president, Beth Israel Medical Center for Achievement in Medicine and Treatment
The New Yorker for Achievement in Journalism
Gustavo de Greiff
former prosecutor general of Colombia for Outstanding Achievement in Drug Policy Reform
9:00a-10:00a State of the Reform Movement Arnold S. Trebach, President, DPF David C. Condliffe, Executive Director, DPF Ira Glasser, Executive Director, ACLU; Board of Directors, DPF
10:00a-11:15a Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Chair: Julie Stewart, President, FAMM
11:30a-12:45p Human Rights: The Crucial Next Stage Chair: Kevin B. Zeese, Esq.
Moral & Religious Dimensions Chair: The Reverend Andrew Leigh Gunn The War on Reproductive Rights Chair: Lynn Paltrow, Center for Reproductive Law & Policy Beyond Marihuana as Medicine Chair: Lester Grinspoon, Harvard University Addict in the Reform Movement Chair: Allan Clear, New York
Drug War & the Media Chair: Cynthia Cotts, DPF Marijuana & First Amendment Religious Issues Chair: Don Fiedler, Esq. WHO Cocaine Panel Chair: David Lewis, Brown University
9:00a-10:30a Health Perspectives on Drug Policy Margaret A. Hamburg, New York City Health Commissioner Kristine Gebbie, frmr National AIDS Policy Coordinator
10:45a-12:15p Review of Clinton Administration Chair: David C. Condliffe, DPF
12:30p-2:00p Luncheon ($35) Keynote: Dr. Robert G. Newman, Pres., Beth Israel Medical Center
International Legal Developments Chair: Lorenz Bollinger, Professor, University of Bremen Translating Harm Reduction for the U.S. Chair: George Clark, Harm Reduction Working Group Psychedelics: The Exception to the Drug Abuse Paradigm Chair: Dale Gieringer, Calif. NORML Methadone Maintenance Chair: Henry Blansfield
Informants: Use & Misuse (Legal Track) Chair: Dennis Fitzgerald, Esq. Needle Exchange: Practicalities of Implementation Chair: Peter Beilenson, Director, Health Services, Baltimore Harm Reduction Principles & Practice Chair: Ernie Drucker, Montefiore Medical Center Medical Professional Round Table Chair: David Lewis, Brown University Canadian Drug Scene Chair: Barry Beyerstein, Simon Fraser University
9:00a-11:00a Reform Organizations: The Next Generation Chair: Ethan Nadelmann, the Lindesmith Center
11:15a-12:45p Pain Control and Drugs Chair: Arnold S. Trebach, DPF
Acupuncture Chair: Lori Jenkins, Parent Resource Center, Dade County Indian Hemp Drugs Commission Report Centennial Chair: Tod Mikuriya 25th Anniversary Report -- Eisenhower Fdn. Chair: Lynn A. Curtis, President, Eisenhower Fdn. Understanding D.A.R.E. Chair: Richard Evans, Esq. Police Perspectives Chair: Joe McNamara, frmr San Jose Chief of Police
The Medicalization of Ibogaine Needle Exchange: Street Worker's Perspective Chair: Jon Paul Hammond, Coordinator, Prevention Point, Philadelphia Drug Use Among Students: Casual Assumptions and Prevention Programs Chair: Melody Lark, Southwest Regional Laboratory Non-Deviant Drug Use Chair: David Duncan, Brown University Double Jeopardy in Forfeiture Cases Chair: Jeffrey Steinborn, Esq.
6:45p Reception 7:15p Awards Banquet ($70)
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