Monday, March 10, 2014

Over 200 attend Marijuana Law and Policy event sponsored by UAA Justice Center

L to r: Panelists listen as Prof. Jason Brandeis (podium) poses a question from the audience. 
At right, Dr. Troy Payne collects questions from the audience and Twitter.
Over 200 students, faculty, and members of the public attended the March 5 event,  "Time to Legalize? A Public Discussion on Marijuana Law and Policy," sponsored the UAA Justice Center and the UAA Justice Club.  This program is part of 2014 National Criminal Justice Month.

Over 200 people attended the event.
Ethan Nadelmann, Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance, a national drug law reform organization headquartered in New York City, was the keynote speaker.

Other panelists included Sheriff Lance Buchholtz (Ret.), Wisconsin, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP); Ben Cort, Colorado, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) ; Dean Guaneli, former Chief Asst. Attorney General for Alaska; and Taylor Bickford, Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Alaska.

Prof. Jason Brandeis, Justice faculty, was the moderator, and Dr. Troy Payne, Justice faculty collected questions from the audience and Twitter. Prof. Brandeis teaches courses on American government, constitutional law and civil liberties, and is a frequent speaker on constitutional law and other legal issues. Prof. Brandeis also maintains a private law practice through which, subsequent to the date of this program, he provided legal representation in administrative agency proceedings for the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Alaska.

The program is scheduled to air on KSKA Public Radio "Addressing Alaskans" on Tuesday, March 11, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.  Click here for more information.

A video of the event is on the Justice Center website.

L to r: Ben Cort, Lance Buchholtz, Taylor Bickford, Prof. Brandeis, Ethan Nadelmann, Dean Guaneli, Dr. Payne.