Science Not Fear – Drug Policy and Medical Research: Virginia Wright at TEDxSantaCruz

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Director for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelics Studies (MAPS) Virginia Wright makes the case for legislating drug policy based on science, rather than fear.

This TEDxSantaCruz talk is one of 22 surrounding our theme of “Activate” at the third full-day TEDxSantaCruz event held March 8, 2014 at the Hotel Paradox in Santa Cruz, CA.

Virginia Wright has been working as a director for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelics Studies (MAPS) since October 2011. Prior to her work with MAPS, Virginia was the Principal of Wright & Associates, a firm that provided strategic planning, marketing and fundraising services to nonprofit organizations. Virginia served as the Executive Director of the Santa Cruz County Symphony, and the Development Director of the Carmel Bach Festival, and KUSP radio. Virginia was an early employee of the Global Fund for Women, and co-founded the Soviet American Performing Arts Exchange. She has participated in two international movements that have helped change the world: citizen diplomacy and the woman’s movement. She believes that ending the drug war, and basing drug policy on science, not fear, is one of the next big shifts in thinking that will bring healing and freedom to millions of people. Virginia received her MBA from Santa Clara University, and her BA from SFSU in International Relations and Russian Studies. She danced professionally in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, and currently dances for joy.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)


Elise Smith says:

Data, evidence based policy instead of rhetoric!!

v j Ross says:

Good for you folks. Healing folks is a good way to spend your energy. Sciance, compassion and not fear. All good things.

Grace Greer says:

I was very pleased to have heard one of your collegues back in 2011 at Skepticon, it was by far one of the most influential talks that has stuck with me. Thank you for all that you do at MAPS.

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