16:15-16:45 - Registration
You should plan to arrive in this time in order to register and get your conference pass before the program starts.
17:00 - Welcome
Tapas, welcome drink and opening by Ina Roll Spinnangr, Association for Safer Drug Policies.
18:00 - Steve Rolles
Norwegian and Swedish drug policies in a European context – preventing use at the expense of preventing harms.
18:30 - Harvey Milkman
How can we better prevent addiction. Many – from all walks of life - rely on drugs and alcohol when times get rough. Legions take refuge in a gamut of harmful escapes: promiscuous sex; unhealthy eating, compulsive gambling, religious cults – to name just a few. There is convincing evidence that prevention of these age-old traps can be achieved by creating a multisectoral “buzz” around healthy means to activate the brain’s “hot spots” for pleasure. Effective models from the US and Iceland are described.
19:00 - Ann Fordham
Harm Reduction and the need for Drug Policy Reform
19:30 - Finn Skårderud
COLLECTIVE UNREST - We do not become ourselves by ourselves. Societal challenges and identity.
20:00 - BREAK
20:15 - Conversation on stage
What are the key elements of a harm prevention-based drug policy? Questions from the audience
21:00 - Socializing
09:00 - Welcome
Registration, coffee, conversations
09:30 - A small surprise
Join us for the launch of a new project
10:00 - Prof. David Nutt
Curbing use of the most harmful drugs by providing safer alternatives.A major perverse effect of prohibition is to lead to the development of more potent alternative versions of drugs that are usually more harmful. A rational solution to this problem is therefore to make available safer alternatives.
10:30 - Anne-Marie Cockburn
How lack of regulation makes drugs more harmful
11:00-11:30 - 30 minute break
11:30 - Guy Jones
The introduction of the UK’s first walk-in drug checking service appeared to come out of nowhere to the media, but in reality it came off the back of years of negotiations and non-public testing, building trust with authorities and learning about the challenges that might be faced. As non-profit “The Loop” enters its second year, new technology and increasing attention bring new challenges, helping the public to stay safe when they choose to use drugs. Guy will discuss the chemistry used by the Loop to enable 30 minute test results, some of the scientific and legal challenges, and the surprising factor that initially seemed like a regulatory hindrance but ended up being one the service’s most valuable assets.
12:00 - Lunch
13:00 - Conversation on stage with all the speakers
How can drugs be regulated in a harm reduction perspective?
13:45 - Break
14:00 - Debate / conversation
Conversations among Scandinavian representatives about what should be done to improve the harm reduction perspective in the Nordic countries and prevent drug related problems. In this panel: Tuukka Tammi (Editor-in-Chief and Senior Researcher at National Institute for Health and Welfare, Helsinki, Finland), Kari Lossius (Director, Bergen Clinics Foundation, Bergen, Norway), Nanna Worm Gotfredsen (Lawyer), Bryndis Bjork Asgeirsdottir (Associate Professor and the Head of Department of Psychology at Reykjavik University, Iceland), Ted Goldberg (Professor of Sociology, Stockholm, Sweden).
15:00 - The end of official program
Everybody needs to be out of the venue at 15:30.
Join Normal Norway for a two days cannabis regulation program at the Nordic Reform Conference with our host Tooji Keshtkar. We want you to learn, get new ideas and share your own insights on cannabisreform. The program will include speakers, a panel discussion and a workshop where you, together with us and our speakers from different parts of the world, will discuss important issues relating to cannabis reform
18:00 - 18:45 - Frederik Polak
Cannabis policy in the Netherlands: after 40 years of stagnation, a small step forward.
18:45 - 19:30 Guillermo Garat
Cannabis regulation in Uruguay a lighthouse, an island or a star? (Regulation 4 years after the passed bill)
19:30 – 19:45 Break
19:45 - 20:30 Michael Tuffelmire
The battle to legalize Marijuana in Michigan
10.00 -10.45 Ole Røgeberg
Comparing different policy regimes - should cannabis be legalized?
10.45 – 11.15 Pause
11.15 – 12.00
Panelsamtale med foredragsholdere
12.00 – 13.00 Lunsj
13.00 – 15.00 Workshop
After the main program
There will be an unofficial social happening/party at a venue at Skippergata 22, 0154 Oslo, from 20:00 on Friday. Time to get to know each other better after a hectic day in the conference.