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November 2008



SSDP Conference, part 5

Drugs for Sale! A Discussion of Post-Prohibition Drug Markets

(l-r) Tim Lynch (Cato Institute), Ethan Nadelmann (Drug Policy Alliance), Moderator Chris Chiles (SSDP Board)

Tim Lynch is very pessimistic about what seems to be happening so far with the Obama administration, given his early appointments. He asks a very good question: What will the […]

Peter Moskos – Cop in the Hood

I got to meet Peter Moskos at the conference. He’s there with his book — I’ve been meaning to talk about it more and will later, but suffice to say right now that it’s an excellent book about policing and the drug war. So go buy it. He’ll be at the Conference the whole […]

SSDP Conference, part 4

Representative Danny Davis (D-IL)

Plenary: Race, Inner Cities, and the Drug War It was great to have Danny Davis speak. He did a great job of summarizing the ills of the drug war nationally, internationally, and racially. To hear his words coming from a member of Congress means so much.


SSDP Conference, part 3: The Debate

(l-r) Kris Krane, Students for Sensible Drug Policy; Courtland Milloy, Washington Post (Moderator); Kevin Sabet, Students Taking Action Not Drugs The debate started with Kevin Sabet. He really worked on being reasonable-sounding, but a lot of what he said we’ve heard before — we need a balanced drug policy, not everything is perfect, but some […]

SSDP Conference, part 2

Breakout session: Shots fired: The Casualties of No-Knock Police Raids in America (l-r)Alison Grimmer (SSDP board), Radley Balko (Reason Magazine), David Borden (Stop the Drug War), Cheye Calvo (Mayor, Berwyn Heights)

Radley was great. I’m not going to regurgitate what he said — you all know the material, but his presentation was full of great […]

Great Headlines

Was drug czar taking bribes?

SSDP Conference, part 1

Opening session (l-r) Kris Krane, Matt Palevsky, Rob Kampia, Bill Piper, Caren Woodson, Adam Wolf, Aaron Houston Kris Krane (SSDP Executive Director) started out with a stirring opening about how this generation of college students is going to make the difference. Aaron Houston (MPP Government Relations Director) talked about the election. The good news is […]

Arriving at the conference

Well, we made it to College Park, Maryland, after a much too long drive. There were multiple accidents on the freeway near Washington, Pennsylvania that tied up traffic for hours, and then we ran into lots of snow in the higher altitudes in Maryland (hills and curves and darkness and ice aren’t my favorite mix […]