We invite you to join us the evening of Thursday, May 1, and the day of Friday, May 2 for a symposium called “Marijuana & Drug Policy Reform in New York – The LaGuardia Report at 70.”
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 to address many of the myths about marijuana.
With history as our guide, this conference will provide a rich discussion of contemporary drug policy reform efforts, both in New York and nationally. The event features over 20 speakers from around the country, starting with a keynote address on Thursday evening from Richard Bonnie, Harrison Foundation Professor of Medicine and Law at the University of Virginia School of Law, followed by a day’s worth of panels on Friday, and capped with remarks by Dr. David Courtwright, Presidential Professor of History at the University of North Florida. Other speakers include U.S. Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, NYS Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, Dr Helena Hanson, Dr. Julie Holland, community organizer Bobby Tolbert, drug policy expert Deborah Small, leading marijuana expert and physician, Sunil Aggarwal, and more.
More conference background information, including conference objectives, can be found here: http://www.drugpolicy.org/seventy-years-after-the-laguardia-committee-r….
All events take place at The New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY 10029.
The events on the evening of Thursday May 1st and all day Friday May 2nd are free, but advance registration is requested.
Each day’s events have separate registration
To register for May 1 click here: http://support.nyam.org/site/Calendar?id=104981&view=Detail
To register for May 2, click here: http://www.nyam.org/events/2014/2014-05-02.html