UK Policy, Race, Cannabis & Business
6th September 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Blaksox, Transform Drugs Policy Foundation, Operation Black Vote & Stopwatch come together, supported by Father 2 Father, Manhood Academy Global & Viv Ahmun to organise a ground breaking panel on UK Drugs policy reform hosting Shaleen Title, an Attorney and Drugs Commissioner from the US . Book your place now!
“Black people are nine times more likely to be stopped and searched for drugs. In the capital, the chances of a BAME person being arrested for the possession of cannabis is 3.4 times that of a white person. Taking cannabis out of the hands of street dealers and putting it behind the counter in shops with security guards and ID requirements would help protect those under 18.”
David Lammy MP
“Our community has disproportionately suffered from the UK’s irrational drugs legislation (violence, criminalisation and mental ill health). We must ensure that when the UK’s drugs legislation finally catches up with the rest of the progressive world, our young men and the wider black community do not miss out on the financial returns to be had from taxation and business opportunities, as we have seen in America.”
Viv Ahmun, Founder Blaksox
Shaleen Title – Keynote Speaker is an Indian-American drug policy activist and attorney who currently serves as one of five commissioners on the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission, the agency tasked with regulating legal and medical marijuana in the commonwealth. Described as “the people’s weed watchdog” in Boston Magazine’s 2019 Power List, she has won several awards for her advocacy work and her efforts to make the cannabis industry more fair and inclusive.
Sir Simon Woolley CBE is the director and co-founder of Operation Black Vote (OBV), a non-partisan and not-for-profit national organisation established in 1996 to address the British black and ethnic minority democratic deficit. He is a Board member of the Open Society Foundation’s Global Drugs Policy Program and was appointed Chair of the Race Disparity Unit launched by the former Prime Minister, Theresa May.
Lee Jasper is a former Deputy Mayor of London and arguably the UK’s most prominent Black social commentator with an extensive national and international network. He was the Director for Policing and Equalities and served on the London Criminal Justice Board (2000-2008) and is a former Home Office Advisor on Policing (1998 – 2008). Jasper has played a key role in founding many national social action organisations, including Operation Black Vote.
Katrina Ffrench is the CEO of Stopwatch
Jane Slater (Chair) is the Deputy Director of Transform
Ayodeji Adeoshun is a Barrister
Viv Ahmun is the futurist and founder of Blaksox, co-Director of Aspire Education Group and founder of several businesses and civil society organisations relating to financial services, health and social well-being. Viv sat on the Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) for 5 years and over the last 25 years he has started and grown two multi-million pound companies. He is the co-founder and strategist behind the Young Black Business Awards (YBBA) which celebrates and invests in digital tech entrepreneurs, holding its second annual event on November 23rd. Together with Kafeero Foundation, he is co-organising Power the Next 2019, Africa’s 4IR Summit in Kampala, Uganda on November 16th attracting attendees from 9 East African countries. Viv has recently been appointed as a specialist advisor to the Royal Bank of Scotland.
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