What Australia can learn from America’s failed war on drugs

Dr. Ethan Nadelmann the Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance, will be in Australia, November 21 to December 3, 2010 as a guest of the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation. Dr. Nadelmann is widely regarded as one of the most influential speakers on drug policy reform in the USA and internationally.

Ethan will be speaking in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.  


National Press Club November 23

“What Australia can learn from America’s failed war on drugs.”

This key address is from Ethan Nadelmann who has appeared on many major US television programs including ABC’s Nightline, NBC’s Today Show, CBS  Morning News, Larry King Live and CNN Headline News.  Ethan Nadelmann argues that the political elite in most countries of the world clearly understand global prohibition has not worked and can never be effective.

He will be arguing that politicians around the world including Australia need to learn from America’s mistakes. He will argue that it is time to regulate and tax cannabis.  He says the war on drugs in Australia – like the USA – has been a colossal failure that has ultimately caused more harm than the drugs themselves.

He says US alcohol prohibition in the 1920s increased crime and so too has drug prohibition. Ethan warns that drugs are here to stay and politicians should prepare the community for a more realistic approach.

Educated at Harvard and the London School of Economics, Ethan Nadelmann has often written about drug law reform in the US media as well as many influential academic publications. He will be travelling across Australia to warn about the risks of continuing with a failed policy.  He argues the war on drugs is no answer at all, that criminalisation is not a way forward and the challenge is to reduce the harms and have an alternative approach based on science, public health and human rights.

Also speaking will be Dr. Alex Wodak – long time campaigner on drug law reform based at Sydney’s St. Vincent’s Hospital.

Dr. Wodak will argue that whilst prohibition was meant to make illicit drugs hard to get, drugs are very easy to obtain and are getting cheaper.  Alex Wodak will show that world drug production continues to increase steadily and says by any judgement, global drug prohibition has failed comprehensively and Australia’s approach has also clearly failed.  He will highlight that a whole range of new options are being looked at by numerous countries overseas with California about to vote on taxing and regulating cannabis and numerous European and South American countries liberalising their drug laws.

Dr. Wodak has been the Director of the Alcohol and Drug Service at Sydney’s St. Vincent Hospital since 1982 and is the President of the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation.

Source: http://www.npc.org.au/



Morning Tea & Discussion with Dr Ethan Nadelmann November 25

NSW Users & Aids Association. NUAA, 354 Crown St Surry Hills, A discussion surrounding drug law reform, illicit drug use and social justice with Ethan Nadelmann, who is regarded as the point-man for drug policy reform efforts in the United States. He now serves as the Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance, the United States’ leading drug policy reform organisation. For more information, contact Janne Searle on 8354 7300. Jannes@nuaa.org.au The Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (NADA) is the peak organisation for the non government drug and alcohol sector in NSW. http://www.nada.org.au/

Drugs: International Policy Reform? Thursday December 2

Dr Ethan A. Nadelmann, Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance, America’s leading drug policy reform organisation, speaks about his involvement in stimulating the growing debate over punitive drug policy worldwide. Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm Dec 02 Cost: $11/ free for CIS Members

Venue: Library, The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 4, 38 Oxley St, St Leonards

Bookings: (02) 9438 4377, The Centre for Independent Studieshttp://www.cis.org.au/events/upcoming/event/33/International-Drug-Policy/0



“Drug Law Reform: International trends” Friday 26th November at 2.00pm – 3.30pm

Melbourne Town Hall, Yarra Room, Swanston Street (cnr Collins Street)

This event is proudly supported by: Anex, Australian Drug Foundation, Burnet Institute, Harm Reduction Victoria, Hepatitis C Victoria, Human Rights Law Resource Centre, City of Melbourne, Turning Point, VAADA and the Yarra Drug & Health Forum. http://www.ydhf.org.au/YDHF2.html



DINNER & DISCUSSION The SHIP INN, Cnr Stanley & Sidon Streets. Southbank Parklands December 1st. From 6pm start at 6.30pm Contact: Bill Rutkin ph 041 871 85 86  email: wrutkin@dodo.com.au

Also World AIDS Day and Ethan has also been invited to speak about the impact of drug policy on HIV and injecting drug use. This event is co-hosted by QuIVAA Inc. and Queensland Council for Civil Liberties.



Ethan Nadelmann

@ethannadelmann New York, NY

Founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, the leading organization in the United States promoting alternatives to the war on drugs.



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