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February 21, 2020

Enjoy full day of "The Controlled Substances Act at 50 Years" via livestream

CSA at 50_socialBlogging will be light over the next few days as I am in the midst of helping to conduct this amazing conference which started last night at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.  I have had the pleasure and honor of working with the amazing team at The Ohio State University's Drug Enforcement and Policy Center (@OSULawDEPC), along with the also amazing team at ASU's Academy for Justice (@Academy4Justice), to put together amazing and diverse array of panels and workshops on all sorts of topics relating to the past, present and future of the CSA's development, implementation and enforcement.

The basic agenda for the event can be found at this page, and last night  started with an amazing keynote by the amazing Keith Humphreys, Stanford University, Esther Ting Memorial Professor on "Federal Policy and the Dual Nature of Drugs," followed by an amazing response to keynote by Peter Reuter, University of Maryland, Professor of Public Policy and Criminology asking "Do Drug Problems have more influence on Drug Policy than vice versa?".

I am especially pleased and excited by this list of speakers who are participating, and today begins a series of terrific panels. and I can provide this link with its own links to the livestream for each of the panels. I think every part of the conference will be amazing, and I hope folks can make the time to tune in.

February 21, 2020 at 10:14 AM | Permalink


In the early 2000s, I worked on a 2255 Habeas Corpus Petition for one of Baltimore's largest and longest-term heroin dealers, Liddy Jones. His first criminal conviction was a 1960s Maryland state law heroin conviction. It dawned on me at the time that the reason that he didn't have any Federal drug convictions in the 1960s was because the Controlled Substances Act had not yet been enacted by Congress. In the 1960s, the only criminal narcotics laws were state laws.

Posted by: James Gormley | Feb 24, 2020 11:31:34 AM

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