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Examining America's Drug Policy

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Our guest panelists today are:

  • Norm Stamper, Retired Seattle Police Chief and LEAP Advisory Board Member
  • Jasmine Tyler, Deputy Director of National Affairs, Drug Policy Alliance
  • Drew Stromberg, Outreach Director, Students for Sensible Drug Policy
  • Jesselyn McCurdy, Senior Legislative Counsel for the Washington Legislative Office, American Civil Liberties Union

Jasmine Tyler
Jasmine advocates for policies that reduce racial disparities in the criminal justice system, increase access to social and health services, and treat people who use drugs with dignity.

She is one of the leaders of the Crack the Disparity Coalition, which works to equalize the penalties for cocaine.

Norm Stamper
Norm Stamper was a police officer for 34 years, the first 28 in San Diego. As a cop dedicated to protect and serve, Norm believes the war on drugs has done exactly the opposite for people.

Drew Stromberg
Drew Stromberg serves as Outreach Director for Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), where he tracks and advises student chapters for half of the United States and oversees chapter development for SSDP’s international network. 

Jesselyn McCurdy
Jesselyn McCurdy is a Senior Legislative Counsel in the Washington Legislative Office (WLO) of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and is responsible for defending civil liberties in Congress and in the Executive Branch in the areas of criminal justice.  

Ms. McCurdy was a member of the ACLU WLO staff for five years before accepting a position as a Counsel with the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.  She was the lead House counsel for the historic Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 when it passed Congress.