Archive for January 24, 2009

A Recap of New Directions

Between last night’s plenary and today’s conference, a lot was presented in the New Directions for New York conference. The talks centered around the Four Pillars method currently used in Vancouver. The four pillars (and there was one talk about each pillar) are:

  • Prevention
  • Treatment
  • Harm Reduction
  • Enforcement

There were, of course, disagreements on how each pillar should be addressed, but most at the conference agree with the approach – or at least agree that the approach is better than the Draconian Rockefeller Drug Laws.

The speakers included a range of people with various backgrounds, from Drug Policy Alliance Executive Director Ethan Nadelmann to Russell Simmons, and two officials from Vancouver attended the event to discuss the success of the Four Pillars – and how the work is still not yet done.

The conference focused mostly on hard drugs, with very little discussion of marijuana, but many of the arguments presented (eg, arguments dealing with the inefficacy of and problems with encarceration) could be extended to cannabis with little or no adjustment. (more…)

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