Drugs Debate at the Oxford Union

  • Event Start: 16th February 2017, 8:30pm
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* To ballot for a place at the debate dinner and receptions with the speakers, click here: https://goo.gl/forms/N3hDrNViZazDFL4x1 The ballot will close at 23:59 on Monday 13 February 2017. * "This House Would Say No To Drugs" Moving beyond ‘political’ questions of legalisation, this debate engages more directly with whether using drugs can be life-enhancing and morally justifiable. Have concerns around health impacts been overplayed, especially relative to alcohol? Can drugs really add value to our existence, and can we overcome the wider impacts of narcotics use and production? SPEAKERS Proposition Patricia Gallan QPM: The Metropolitan Police’s Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Crime and Operations. Gallan is the most senior female police officer from an ethnic minority in British history, a hostage negotiator, and a qualified barrister. Shaun Attwood: Former millionaire stock-trader and ecstasy dealer. Attwood worked in collaboration with the Mafia in Arizona, leading to imprisonment and a lifetime ban from the US. He is now an activist and author. Andrew Ng: MBA student at the Saïd Business School, and first elected member of the Union's Secretary's Committee. Opposition Peter Reynolds: Head of CLEAR, the UK’s largest drug policy reform group. Reynolds, a former creative director at Saatchi & Saatchi, has dedicated himself to ending cannabis prohibition, especially for medicinal purposes. Paul Hayes: Former Chief Executive of the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse. Hayes is now the leader of Collective Voice, a non-profit organisation advocating for improved addiction treatment services. Steve DeAngelo: Named one of the most powerful cannabis leaders in America by Fortune. He is an activist and advocate for cannabis reform. He is the co-founder and CEO of Harborside, considered the nation's model medical cannabis dispensary, and the President and co-founder of The ArcView Group, an angel investment network. He is also the author of 'The Cannabis Manifesto'.