Marsha RosenbaumMarsha Rosenbaum – What About the Kids?: Why Legalization of Marijuana Will Benefit Youth (And Other Musings After 44 Years in the Field)

Marsha Rosenbaum has worked for 44 years in the drug field. She began as a National Institute on Drug Abuse researcher, then transitioned to advocacy and drug education with the Drug Policy Alliance. In this talk, Dr. Rosenbaum will share her experience and perspective about teens and drugs, and explain why the November initiative to legalize marijuana in California is so important.


Marsha Rosenbaum is director emerita of the San Francisco office of the Drug Policy Alliance, where she spearheaded DPA’s work on youth and drugs and created the Safety First booklet. She received her doctorate in medical sociology from the University of California at San Francisco in 1979. From 1977 to 1995, Rosenbaum was the principal investigator on National Institute on Drug Abuse-funded studies of heroin addiction, methadone maintenance treatment, MDMA (Ecstasy), cocaine, and drug use during pregnancy. Rosenbaum regularly speaks to PTAs, other parent groups, schools, drug treatment and prevention professionals and the media about teenagers and drugs, Ecstasy, and drug policy issues. She currently serves on the California Blue Ribbon Commission to study marijuana legalization in California. Rosenbaum is author of three books: Women on HeroinPursuit of Ecstasy: The MDMA Experience (with Jerome E. Beck), and Pregnant Women on Drugs: Combating Stereotypes and Stigma (with Sheigla Murphy). Rosenbaum has also written numerous scholarly articles about drug use, addiction, women, treatment, and drug policy. She is the author of four groundbreaking booklets about young people and drugs including: