Friday, November 22, 2013

Prof. Brandeis attends International Drug Policy Reform Conference

Prof. Jason Brandeis, J.D., Justice faculty, recently attended the International Drug Policy Reform Conference in Denver in October.  This biennial event brings together over 1,000 attendees representing 30 different countries committed to developing more just and effective ways of dealing with drugs in our society.

Topics included alternatives to the war on drugs, harm reduction, international and comparative approaches to drug regulation, use of supervised injection facilities, marijuana legalization, racially-biased policing and drugs, mass incarceration and drug use, and the impact of money bail on poor, nonviolent offenders.

Prof. Brandeis teaches courses on constitutional issues and civil liberties, and is the author of an article published in the December 2012 Alaska Law Review"The Continuing Vitality of Ravin v. State: Alaskans Still Have the Right To Possess Marijuana in the Privacy of Their Homes."
Prof. Brandeis also maintains a private law practice through which, subsequent to the date of this conference, he provided legal representation in administrative agency proceedings for the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Alaska.