September 19, 2016

WASHINGTON (September 19, 2016) – What effects have prohibitionist policies had on drug consumption, incarceration and violence, particularly in the United States and in Latin America?

What are the regulatory alternatives in the Americas for marijuana – both for medical and personal use in countries like Canada, Colombia, the U.S. and Uruguay?

The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and the Center for the Advancement of the Rule of Law in the Americas (CAROLA) host a one-day symposium to explore these questions with experts from countries in the Americas discussing the regulatory, public health, social justice and security issues that marijuana prohibition and reform face. Panelists will also analyze the reform proposals currently being debated in Mexico as well as the Mexican government’s official position.

What to Do After Prohibition? Regulatory Alternatives in the Americas and the Marijuana Debate in Mexico


Friday, September 23, 2016; 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Georgetown University Law Center
McDonough 201
600 New Jersey Ave NW
Washington DC 20001


9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Effects of Prohibitionist Policies on Drug Consumption, Incarceration and Violence

11:15 a.m. -1:15 p.m. – Regulatory Alternatives in the Americas for Marijuana for Medical & Personal Use

1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Lunch Break
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Reform Proposals and Debate in Mexico

More information about the event can be found here.

MEDIA: Please RSVP by September 20 with Karen Teber:

The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University is the premier center for health law, scholarship, and policy. Its mission is to contribute to a more powerful and deeper understanding of the multiple ways in which law can be used to improve the public’s health, using objective evidence as a measure. The O’Neill Institute seeks to advance scholarship, science, research, and teaching that will encourage key decision-makers in the public, private, and civil society to employ the law as a positive tool for enabling more people in the United States and throughout the world to lead healthier lives.