Should we continue to fight the War On Drugs, or should we look toward alternative approaches such as legalization? If you have an opinion on this question, you’ll be interested in a debate scheduled for Wednesday night.
The University of Arkansas Chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), in coordination with University Programs, is hosting a debate between Ethan Nadelmann, a former Princeton professor and current executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, and former DEA Administrator and U.S. Congressman Asa Hutchinson.
The two will debate whether we should continue to fight the War On Drugs or look for other solutions including regulation.
Both speakers bring years of experience to the table, of vastly different kinds.
Hutchinson held the top position at the Drug Enforcement Administration from 2001 to 2003. Ethan Nadelmann is a leading voice in the drug policy reform movement worldwide, and is executive director of the DPA.
This debate will be a rematch of sorts; the two debated on the same topic nearly 11 years ago on CNN’s Crossfire:
Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) is an international grassroots network of students concerned about the impact that drug abuse has on our communities, and who also know that the War On Drugs is failing our generation and our society. SSDP mobilizes and empowers young people to participate in the political process, pushing for sensible policies to achieve a safer and more just future while fighting back against counterproductive Drug War policies, particularly those that harm students and youth.
The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) promotes alternatives to the Drug War — alternatives grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights. The DPA works to advance policies that reduce the harms of both drug use and drug prohibition, and seeks solutions promoting safety while upholding the sovereignty of individuals over their own minds and bodies. The DPA wants to ensure that drug policies no longer result in the arrest, incarceration, and disenfranchisement of millions of people, particularly young people and minorities who are disproportionately affected by the Drug War.