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Marijuana & Drug Policy Reform in New York—The LaGuardia Report at 70: Day 2

Date: May 2, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Richard Bonnie, Dr. David T. Courtwright

Sponsored by: The Drug Policy Alliance and The New York Academy of Medicine

Location: The New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY 10029

In 1939—on the heels of the national 1937 Marihuana Tax Act, which established federal marijuana prohibition—New York City Mayor Fiorella LaGuardia called upon The New York Academy of Medicine to produce a report about marijuana. The La Guardia Committee Report: The Marihuana Problem in the City of New York was published in 1944 as one of the nation’s first systematic studies addressing many of the myths about marijuana. To mark the 70th anniversary of the LaGuardia Report, the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) and The New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) are hosting a day-and-a-half symposium to look back on the LaGuardia Report in order to inform a rich discussion of contemporary drug policy reform efforts, both nationally and in New York. With history as our guide, we’ll explore the deeper context to the ongoing public debates and actions.

The symposium will feature more than 20 speakers from around the country.

Thursday, May 1, 6:00 PM — Introductions

Thursday, May 1, 6:15 PM - Discussion: "Drug Reform from Different Perspectives: An Overview"

Friday, May 2, 10:00 AM — Welcoming Remarks

Friday, May 2, 10:15 AM - The John K. Lattimer Lecture (rescheduled from May 1): “The Surprising Collapse of Marijuana Prohibition: What Now?”, Richard J. Bonnie, University of Virginia School of Law

Friday, May 2, 10:45 AM - Panel Discussion: Drug Wars in the US, Past and Present

Friday, May 2, 1:00 PM — Panel Discussion: The Contemporary Research Agenda for Drug Use and Abuse

Friday, May 2, 3:00 PM — Panel Discussion: New York Marijuana Policy Reform in 2014

Friday, May 2, 4:30 PM — Closing Remarks: Dr. David T. Courtwright, University of North Florida

*Note: Each day’s events have separate registration. For registration for the May 2nd panels and closing remarks, see below. For the May 1st evening lecture and panel, click here.

About the Speaker(s)

Keynote speaker Richard Bonnie is Harrison Foundation Professor of Medicine and Law at the University of Virginia School of Law, as well as holding these other positions at that University: Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences; Director, Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy; and Professor of Public Policy, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. He served as an advisor on drug policy to the Nixon, Ford and Carter Administrations, was a member of the Shafer Commission (aka the National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse) and is the author of The Marijuana Conviction: A History of Marijuana Prohibition in the United States.

Closing speaker Dr. David T. Courtwright is Presidential Professor of History at the University of North Florida. A wide-ranging cultural historian, focusing on drug use and drug policy in both U.S., and world history, he is the author of Forces of Habit: Drugs and the Making of the Modern World; Dark Paradise: A History of Opiate Addiction in America; and Addicts Who Survived: An Oral History of Narcotic Use in America.


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Cost: Free, but advance registration is required
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