Neill Franklin of LEAP 4/20/09 photo by C. Freitag
A progressive lineup of speakers will present discussions with new ideas for drug policy at Drexel University on March 6, 2010. The Drexel Law chapters of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) and The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) are hosting the event along with the ACLU of PA.
Delivering the keynote address from the group Law Enforcement Against Prohibition is Major Neill Franklin, who retired from the Maryland State Police in 1999. His work as an undercover narcotics officer on the streets of Baltimore and then as a training instructor at the Maryland Police Academy give him a unique perspective on drug policy. Franklin is a leading African-American voice on the topic of prohibition reform, frequently appearing on television news programs.
Franklin appeared at the NORML Freedom Forum at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia on 4/20/2009. Listen to an MP3
Representative Mark B. Cohen, the sponsor of PA's medical marijuana bill HB1393, will participate in a panel with PhillyNORML’s Chris Goldstein and Derek Rosenzweig answering questions about the topic of therapeutic cannabis and related policy.
A panel on the “impact of prohibition and the resulting military and enforcement campaigns” will include Deborah Small of Break the Chains.