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Monday, April 6, 2015

Lubbock Liberty The Effects Of Marijuana Prohibition With RAMP

Lubbock Liberty and Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition (RAMP) came together for a look at how marijuana possession became a crime in 1937 and the economic, medical, and criminal justice implications of the nearly 80 years of prohibition that have followed. The Texas Legislature has before it a number of bills that consider reforming marijuana laws. Delve into this hot topic with serious discussion from experts and a little Reefer Madness (1936 Film).

After welcoming everyone and a brief information run down, we hear from Assistant Executive Director of RAMP Zoe Russell which leads into a segment from the film (embedded below).  Then Audrey Redford presents current research on the economic effects of prohibition before joining Judge John Delaney for a questions and answer session with questions submitted from the audience.

"The Effects Of Marijuana Prohibition"

Saturday, March 28, 2015
Lubbock Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
Theater 2
10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
120 W Loop 289
Lubbock, TX 79416

Zoe Russell is a native Houstonian with a keen interest in free market economics as well as state and national politics. As a small government, fiscal conservative, she sees grave inconsistencies between Republican values and the prohibition of marijuana. Zoe’s role within RAMP is to act as a spokesperson, coordinate and grow membership as well as organizing events. She went as a state delegate to the 2012 and 2014 Texas GOP Conventions in Fort Worth. She is also an active member of Houston Young Republicans. After serving as captain of the water polo team, Zoe graduated college at just 20 years old, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from Auburn University in 2007. With participation in Toastmasters International, Radio Free Market, and Liberty on the Rocks Houston, Zoe has experience with organizing and public speaking. Her career in logistics and marketing have benefited her with many skills from project management to graphic design.

Audrey Redford is a Graduate Research Assistant for the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University and PhD student in the Department of Agricultural & Applied Economics at TTU. Her Research Interest: The Dynamics of Intervention in the War on Drugs.

The mission of the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech is to advance the teaching of and research directly related to the virtues of free markets. The Institute promotes scholarship that crosses disciplinary boundaries, providing a forum that encourages and values discussion and rigorous debate regarding all aspects of free markets.

Judge John Delaney served in the 272nd District Court in Brazos County, Texas, for sixteen years and from 2001 to present as a Senior District Judge on child abuse and neglect cases. These years on the bench have produced 565 jury trials and thousands of bench trials. Delaney has managed a solo mediation and arbitration practice since 2001 in which he has helped to resolve hundreds of cases from child custody to professional negligence.

From 2008 on, Delaney has been a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, recognizing that arresting for small amounts of marijuana comes with expenses for police hours in processing the arrest, court time, jury time, jail space, and other limited resources.

Information provided by RAMP, Audrey Redford, Judge Delaney

Admission was FREE! Food and beverage were available for purchase.

Amanda Smith, Zoe Russell

Audrey Redford
Judge John Delaney


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