Ethan Nadelmann, the great architect of legal and political transformations in the war on drugs

Ethan Nadelmann, the great architect of legal and political transformations in the war on drugs

We at AYA2014 are incredibly honored to have Ethan Nadelmann participating, the founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, the leading U.S. organization promoting alternatives to the war on drugs.

Nadelmann, has a Ph.D. from Harvard and taught at Princeton University for years, and is a key figure in the arduous task of raising awareness and articulation of legal mechanisms to create policy changes. He has authored two books on the internationalization of criminal law enforcement ‚Äď ‘Cops Across Borders’,¬† and (with Peter Andreas) ‘Policing The Globe’ ‚Äď and his writings have appeared in most major media outlets in the U.S. as well as top academic journals.

Nadelmann managed to unite efforts in the implementation of regulatory issues using a common sense approach, creating a precedent that lights the way for future change. His ability to function within the institutional status quo using legitimate and science-backed knowledge has been a powerful force in breaking down prejudices and incorporating pioneering approaches that were considered too extreme until very recently.

Next,¬†’After the War on Drugs’,¬†an interview given to the UN:

Ethan plays a key role:

  • As drug policy advisor to George Soros and other prominent philanthropists as well as elected officials ranging from mayors, governors and state and federal legislators inside the U.S. to presidents and cabinet ministers around the world.
  • In most major legislative and ballot initiative campaigns in the United States on issues ranging from medical marijuana and marijuana legalization to prison reform, harm reduction, drug treatment and reform of asset forfeiture laws.

Ethan Nadelmann’s presence in the legal session of the¬†primary track¬†of the¬†AYA2014, advocating for basic human rights and the use of healing and instructional ethnobotanical resources such as ayahuasca, emphasizes the historic nature of this conference. Get your ticket now before they run out.



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