Ask any seasoned drug policy reformer about one of the biggest hurdles to overcome in reforming cannabis laws and they’ll quickly acknowledge that to be the lack of both outreach to and participation from minorities (and women). This is why the recent announcement below by the American Bar Association (ABA) to hold a seminar in New York City this August heartens me.
If drug policy reform is to make the large strides that its important mission and sense of purpose aspires, it can’t achieve such without the participation of both minorities and women in substantially larger numbers.
This important seminar is free to the public and provides continuing legal education (CLE) credits for lawyers.
The Council on Racial and Ethnic Justice is comprised of eleven members appointed by the ABA President and is committed to:
-eliminate racial/ethnic bias in the justice system by educating and involving lawyers and their bar associations
-engage lawyers and their bar associations in programs designed to eliminate racial/ethnic bias in their communities.
Alternative Solutions to the Impact of Drugs on Communities of Color
Saturday, August 9, 2:00-3:30pm, Marriott Marquis, Music Box, Majestic Complex, 6th Floor
Conclave with the leaders of color from the medical, dental, legal and other pertinent professions to discuss the impact of drugs and drug policies on communities of color. Crucial issues that confront communities of color that are combating these issues will be addressed, and an in-depth discussion on how to obtain the necessary resources, networks and tools will be discussed. This will be a complimentary CLE program.