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Committee Mission Statement:
The Drugs and the Law Committee is a dynamic group of lawyers and law students committed to helping re-envision a drug policy approach that is fair and free of racial bias, keeps communities safe, and respects the dignity and rights of all. Since its establishment, the Drugs and the Law Committee has worked to provide a voice for civil liberty, equality, and justice, by addressing drug policy and alternatives to current drug policy that are grounded in science, justice, compassion, health, and human rights. Committee members have been drawn from law firms, corporations, state and federal agencies, legal aid groups, and law schools, and represent diverse viewpoints.
The Drugs and the Law Committee is dedicated to promoting understanding of and discussion about the legal, political, economic, and social issues and developments that impact current trends in drug policy, the law, and culture. The Committee follows legal developments related to drug policy and builds relationships with leaders in the drug policy community to understand how the law affects this community’s work.
As the Drugs and the Law Committee moves forward in the next phase of our work, we are prioritizing and addressing these key legal issues:
The Committee serves several roles important to the practice of law in its areas of focus, including facilitating, educating, and developing conversations with law makers, the legal community, and the public on important and often contentious issues in the drug policy arena, including issues impacting marginalized and vulnerable communities in New York and beyond, and coordinating with other committees on issues that intersect with drug policy. The Committee regularly sponsors drug-policy-related speakers and events, many of which are open to the public. In addition, the Committee has co-sponsored a CLE for practitioners on New York's Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act's Impact on Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs.
At the city and state level, the Committee has taken positions on issues such as supporting harm reduction strategies that address the problem of drug use without injury to the general welfare, such as syringe exchanges, the expansion of Methadone and Buprenorphine availability, and other public health measures to reduce harm to users and restrict the spread of HIV / AIDS and Hepatitis C, as well as advocating for the removal of punitive criminal drug laws that can be used as a tool of oppression by supporting automatic expungements and sentence reductions.
To achieve its mission the Committee will, as it deems appropriate:
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