Buchanan to discuss public policy as part of Drug Policy Archive Symposium

September 19, 2014

Dr. David Buchanan, Professor of Community Health Education and Director of the Division of Community Health Studies, will appear as a panelist on a Public Policy Roundtable discussion being held as part of a day-long Drug Policy Archive Symposium hosted by the UMass Amherst Libraries on Monday, September 22, 2014. The Symposium publicly launches the Drug Policy Archive within the Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) department at the UMass Amherst Libraries.

The Public Policy Roundtable panel discussion, which will be held from 1:15 - 2:30 p.m. in the Campus Center's Marriott Center (11th Floor), focuses on how cannabis legalization will affect national public policy and scholarly research. Buchanan will be joined by Professor Lyle Craker, Professor of Plant, Soil and Insect Sciences; Dr. Lester Grinspoon; and Attorney Keith Stroup, founder of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). Allen St. Pierre, Executive Director of NORML and the NORML Foundation, will serve as panel moderator.

The Symposium brings together faculty, students, and experts to explore a wide range of issues involved in the marijuana legalization movement as well as to encourage scholarship about drug policy reform within the larger context of social change. Rob Cox, director of SCUA, hopes that this symposium will rally academic and philanthropic support for further building the Drug Policy Archive, including the digitization of selected materials to make them freely and openly accessible.

The symposium is free and open to the public. For more information and a full schedule of symposium events, click here.