Public Lecture: The Baptists and the bootleggers: why drugs should be decriminalised
TH Barry Lecture Theatre at 19:00
Entrance is free to members on presentation of a valid 2014 membership card. Non members R30.
Speaker: Professor JP van Niekerk
In the early 19th century in the USA two unlikely groups, the Baptists and the bootleggers, persuaded states to ban liquor on Sundays which eventually led to the era of Prohibition. The Baptists (representative of conservative religions) wanted liquor banned as it was sinful, while the bootleggers were delighted that restrictions cut out their competitors. We examine why people, given the same information, come to such opposing conclusions, examine the effects of the war on drug and consider evidence to improve the management of this major international problem.
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