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After the 'war on drugs': envisioning a post prohibition world

Open Democracy, Know Drugs and The Exile Nation Project

After the 'war on drugs': envisioning a post...

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Ticket Type Price Fee Quantity
Friday only £5.00 £0.82
Saturday only £15.00 £1.47
Friday & Saturday £18.00 £1.66
Concessions Low/No income - Friday only £2.50 £0.65
Concessions Low/No income - Saturday only £7.50 £0.98
Concessions Low/No income - Friday & Saturday £9.00 £1.08

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‘The global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world. Fifty years after the initiation of the UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, and 40 years after President Nixon launched the US government’s war on drugs; fundamental reforms in national and global drug control policies are urgently needed’ ~ The Global Commission on Drug Policy 

openDemocracy and Know Drugs are delighted to invite you to join us for a two-day conference on drug and criminal justice policy featuring some of the US & UK’s most active policy analysts, activists, film-maker, academics and an MP come together, for an exploration of what a post-prohibition society could look like, and how we might get there in our lifetime.

Directions to Oxford House.  The nearest tube is Bethnal Green.  From the tube head down Bethnal Green Road (it's the one with a pub on the corner and you'll be walking under a bridge).  Keep walking until you see a Tesco and take that left -into Derbyshire Street.  You will see Oxford House on your left.

FRIDAY 16th September

18.30 to 22.30

Amanda Feilding, founder of the Beckley Foundation speaking on the Global Initiative for Drug Policy Reform and the Global Commission on Drugs.

Special adress from Ethan Nadelmann, founder of Drug Policy Alliance via videolink
Followed by
Screening of 'The Exile Nation' and Q&A with the director Charles Shaw.
The Land of the Free punishes more of its citizens than any other country.  This collection of testimonials from criminal offenders, family members and experts on America's criminal justice system puts a human face on the millions of Americans subjugated by the US Government's 40 year, one trillion dollar social catastrophe: The War on Drugs; a failed policy underscored by fear, politics, racial prejudice and intolerance in a public atmosphere of 'out of sight, out of mind'.

Saturday 17th September

10am - 12pm ‘Practical steps for today’
Caroline Lucas MP, Green Party
‘Brighton and Hove, a new approach to drugs’
Mat Southwell, INPUD (International Network of People who Use Drugs)
‘The Seven Pillars of Reform - how Drug Policy and Practice could be Transformed Today’
Charlotte Walsh, Law Lecturer -
‘The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971: A meditation on untapped possibilties
Niamh Eastwood, Head of Legal Services and Deputy Director, Release
‘Decriminalisation of drugs: ending stigma and prohibition’

13:30 - 15:15 ‘Guiding Principles in a Post Prohibition World

Dr. Julie Holland - expert on street drugs and intoxication states
‘Treating post traumatic stress disorder with ‘illegal drugs’’ Via Videolink
Anna Waldstein - Lecturer in Medical Anthropology and Ethnobotany, University of Kent  
‘Anthropological Insights for a Post-Prohibition World’

Francis Wilkinson Former Chief Constable (now retired)

'Policing in a Post Prohibition World'

Charles Shaw
a short film from a California medicinal cannabis dispensary

16:00 -18:00 Creative Visions for a Post Prohibition World
Dr Axel Klein, Trustee, Transform Drug Policy Foundation & Lecturer in the Study of Addictive Behaviour ‘Post Prohibition Scenarios’
Team Shulgin (Sasha & Ann Shulgin, Paul Daley, Tania Manning)
‘The Shulgin Index and Shulgin Legacy Project’
Charles Shaw -  author, film maker, journalist, openDemocracy / Exile Nation,
‘Living in the Exile Nation - overcoming second class citizenry’
Damon Barrett, Senior Analyst: Human Rights, HRI (Harm Reduction International)
‘Children after the drug war’: Lessons in ‘unintended negative consequences’

19:00 to 22:00 Screening of 'I'm Dangerous With Love'  

with q&a with director, Michel Negraponte and main character Dimitri Mugianis [via videolink].
'I'm dangerous with love' is about addiction and rehabilitation, activism and shamanism. Dimitri Mugianis who starts out as the heavily addicted front man for the band Leisure Class ends his long drug addiction with an experimental treatment that uses the hallucinogen ibogaine.

ALL WEEKEND:  16 screen interactive video installation by Know Drugs and

If you'd like to attend the event or send representatives on your behalf, please contact to arrange tickets or to find out more.

To connect with any of the speakers or the organisers, contact Cara Lavan. email or call 07966 299 609.

A selection of hot and cold drinks will be provided free of charge.  Home made biscuits, cakes, sandwiches and soups will be for sale at very reasonable prices.  

This event is supported by the Tedworth Charitable Foundation. 

PRESS INFO: Please e mail for further information

Have questions about After the 'war on drugs': envisioning a post prohibition world? Contact Open Democracy, Know Drugs and The Exile Nation Project


Derbyshire Street
Bethnal Green
E2 6HG London
United Kingdom

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