Group At Rice Hosts Marijuana Legalization Debate
The successes and shortcomings of the “war on drugs” launched 40 years ago by President Richard Nixon will be the topic tonight during a panel discussion hosted by the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy.
Titled “Cannabis, Cartels and Crime: Would Legalization Help?”, the event will bring together experts and policy analysts from varied perspectives who will debate the effectiveness of the U.S. position and offer a fresh look at plausible new directions for U.S. drug policy.
Panelists will assess the strengths and weaknesses of federal and state policies regarding marijuana and other popular illegal drugs, while noting the contribution of both drugs and drug policy to the violence along the U.S.-Mexico border. They will also consider alternative strategies for reducing drug-related harms.
The free event is open to the public and will begin at 6 p.m. in Baker Hall’s Kelly International Conference Facility. The panelists include Gary Hale, chief of intelligence at the Houston Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration; Mark Kleiman, professor of public policy and director of the Drug Policy Analysis Program at the UCLA School of Public Affairs; and Ethan Nadelmann, founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance.