31st Annual Herbert Lourie Memorial Lecture on Health Policy

Keith Humphreys

Dr. Keith Humphreys delivered the 31st Annual Herbert Lourie Memorial Lecture on Health Policy on Thursday, September 5, 2019 titled "Marijuana Legalization: Beyond Yes or No". Dr. Humphreys' talk focused on the marijuana legalization movement, which states are getting it right and wrong, and what the research says about the implications of legalization for public health. 

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Dr. Humphreys is the Esther Ting Memorial Professor at Stanford University and a Senior Research Career Scientist at the VA Health Services Research Center in Palo Alto. His research addresses the prevention and treatment of addictive disorders, the formation of public policy about addiction and mental health, and transfer of knowledge from clinical trials into clinical practice. Humphreys has published over 300 scientific articles including papers in New England Journal of Medicine, Science, JAMA, Lancet, and Addiction. He is also a regular contributor at The Washington Post. In addition to his scientific work, Dr. Humphreys has been extensively involved in the formation of public policy, having served as a member of the White House Commission on Drug Free Communities, the VA National Mental Health Task Force, the National Advisory Council of the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy. During the Obama Administration, he spent a sabbatical year as Senior Policy Advisor at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. He has also testified on numerous occasions in Congress, in state legislatures, and in the U.K. Parliament. 

About the Lourie Lecture 

The Herbert Lourie Memorial Lecture is jointly sponsored by Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the Central New York Community Foundation, Inc., and is administered by the Center for Policy Research.

Herbert Lourie, MD, was a distinguished member of the national and international medical communities in the field of neurosurgery, as well as a physician who understood medicine as a high calling that demands the utmost of skill, intellect, compassion and character. With his untimely death in 1987, our community lost a beloved healer, teacher, and leader. A generous outpouring of money by his many friends, patients, colleagues, and family funds this lecture series on health care policy and the allocation of health care resources.

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View Video of 2017 Lecture / View Policy Brief of 2017 Lecture


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If you would like more information, please contact:

Laura Walsh
Center for Policy Research
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