Echoes of Prohibition: Today’s War on Drugs

Thursday, Nov.15, 2012, 6 p.m.

Program Admission: $10 non-members, $7 members, students & teachers, FREE for 1787 members

Reservations Recommended. Call 215.409.6700 or order online.


In 18 states and the District of Columbia, medical marijuana is legal—and some states have recently voted on ballot measures to legalize it for non-medical uses. Are there lessons from Prohibition and its repeal that can help us understand what’s at stake in marijuana legalization and today’s “war on drugs”? How does the Prohibition era inform contemporary debates about the federal government’s role in our daily lives? Daniel Okrent, bestselling author and curator of the Center’s world-premiere exhibition American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, joins Christopher Bracey, senior associate dean for academic affairs at George Washington University Law School, and David Fontana, associate professor of law at George Washington University, to discuss the legacy of Prohibition in relation to the nation’s evolving drug policies.

All attendees of this program will receive a $10 coupon toward Philly Beer Week’s Bathtub Beer Fest directly following the program.

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Advance reservations recommended; call 215.409.6700 or order online.

Please note that this program is subject to change; call the National Constitution Center or check our website for updated information. National Constitution Center programs begin promptly and latecomers may not be admitted.

Parking is available for $9 at the National Constitution Center parking garage located at the rear of the building on Race Street between 5th and 6th streets. Be sure to pick up your discounted parking voucher at event registration.


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