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Think Globally, Act Locally In Response to the Drug Epidemic

The summit will take place on Wednesday, June 26 from 8:00 am - 5:30 pm with two presentation tracks for participants: local marijuana policy and international drug policy. A preliminary agenda is available and will be updated periodically.

The following is a list of confirmed speakers as of March 14, 2019 and is subject to change. Please see the Featured Speakers page for short bios and more information about the presenters listed here.


Keynote Presentations


Enforcement: Unlocking Prevention and Treatment

Karen P. Tandy, Former Administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration


Drug Policy and Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado

Tom Gorman, Director, Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area


Marijuana: The Latest Research

Bertha K. Madras, PhD, Professor of Psychobiology, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School


General Session Speakers


Drug Policy Challenges for the future

Robert L. DuPont, MD, President, Institute for Behavior and Health


WFAD and Global Drug Policy Leadership

Esbjörn Hörnberg, International President, World Federation Against Drugs


The Drug Abuse Industrial Complex

David Martin, PhD, President and Chief Science Officer, JMJ Technologies


Hot Topics in International Drug Policy

Kevin A. Sabet, PhD, CEO, Smart Approaches to Marijuana


Getting Engaged at the International Level

Linda Nilsson, Secretary General, World Federation Against Drugs


Now What? Grassroots Advocacy

Luke Niforatos, Senior Policy Advisor, Smart Approaches to Marijuana


Marijuana Track Presentations


Drug Prevention: Looking Outside of the Box for Solutions

Meriliee Fowler, MATFORCE (at left)

Sheila Polk, JD, County Attorney for Yavapai County , Arizona (at right)


Taking Cannabis-Derived Medications Through the FDA Approval Process

Alice P. Mead, Vice President, US Public Policy and Affairs, Greenwich Biosciences


Workplace Drug Issues in the era of legal marijuana

Amy Ronshausen, Executive Director, Drug Free America Foundation


International Policy Track Presentations


The Social Contagion of Recovery from Addictions and Desistance from offending

David Best, PhD, Professor of Criminology, Sheffield Hallam University


The Canadian Drug Policy Experience: O Canada, What hAve We done?

Chuck Doucette, President, Drug Prevention Network of Canada


Young people as agents of change: the youth involvement approach to substance abuse prevention in low-resource settings

Rogers Kasirye, Executive Director, Uganda Youth Development Link


Child-Centered Community-Based Prevention in Kenya

George Ochieng Odalo, Executive Director and founder of Slum Child Foundation


Oxford House™: Self-run, self-supported recovery homes for alcoholics, drug addicts and those with co-occurring mental illness

J. Paul Molloy, President & CEO. Oxford House International


Drug policy and Addiction treatment in mexico

Angel Prado, MD, Deputy Director General, Centros de Integracion Juvenil, A.C.

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The Global Drug Policy Summit is sponsored by D.A.R.E. and held in conjunction with its 32nd annual D.A.R.E. International Training Conference.