We begin our Greater Boston Humanists' Fall "3rd Sunday Lunch and Lecture" series with Dr. Joe Gerstein who will speak on "Legalization of Illicit Drugs: Curse or Cure?" This event is confirmed and scheduled at Phillips Brooks House at Harvard, Sunday September 16. There will be a BUFFET LUNCH at noon, followed by the lecture at 1 pm.
The "Drug War" has been fought for over 40 years now. US prisons are bursting and the prison guards are running the state of California. The price of heroin and cocaine on the street are below what they were in 1970. The number of deaths from drug overdoses now exceeds that from auto accidents in many states (including MA). Mexico is the new "ground zero" in the battle: thousands are dying grisly deaths. Oxycontin [Hillbilly Heroin] has decimated Appalachia. Opium finances the Taliban weapon-buying. Colombian drug lords have switched from airplanes to submarines for coke importation. Sophisticated tunnels worm their way from Tijuana to San Diego. Go hiking in the forests of California and take a chance of being shot by marijuana farmers growing CA's most profitable crop.
Some important experiments in outright legalization or decriminalization of illicit drugs have occurred in Portugal, Netherlands, UK, CA, CO and Switzerland. What has been learned and can any of these lessons be applied safely here in the US?
Let's talk about what might be the benefits and/or detriments of the decriminalization of marijuana and/or opiate use here in the US.
Joe Gerstein, MD, FACP, Founding President of SMART Recovery Self-Help Network (a project of Greater Boston Humanists) will lay out some guidelines, define some terms and start the discussion. Bring your ideas and concerns and let's have an absorbing discussion of this vitally-important legal, political and social issue.
FREE PARKING in the Littauer Lot during the meeting: Enter the Science Quadrangle from Oxford St. and follow the road through to its end in the Science center/Law Library Area.