Preview: International Drug Policy Reform Conference in Denver next week

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Vintage drug war propaganda.
The first retail sale of recreational marijuana in Colorado has yet to be rung up, but the state is already reaping some convention business as a result of its groundbreaking reforms of drug laws. Next week more than a thousand elected officials, health care professionals, students, drug war veterans and policy wonks from thirty countries will descend on downtown Denver for the International Drug Policy Reform Conference -- four days of panels and analysis of drug policies that will also be a celebration of Colorado's key role in the reform movement.

The biennial conference, slated for October 23-36 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown, is the brainchild of the Drug Policy Alliance, which has been active in marijuana legalization movements around the country -- and was directly involved in the successful effort to pass Amendment 64 last year.

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Ethan Nadelmann.
"When we first picked Denver to host the 2013 biennial conference, we thought it quite unlikely that we'd be convening in the first state (with Washington) to legalize marijuana," reads a statement released by DPA executive director Ethan Nadelmann. "But Colorado's voters ensured a warm welcome with their vote last November. Now drug policy reformers from across the country and around the world are eager to attend our conference in Denver -- not to get high in the Mile High City but to spend three days at the world's leading drug policy reform gathering and demonstrate their support for Colorado's global leadership."

Scheduled programs include a roundtable focusing on which states might move forward with marijuana legalization in 2014 or 2016; a discussion of international drug decriminalization efforts, with top-ranking officials from Guatemala, Uruguay and elsewhere; panels dealing with jury nullification, drug culture, drugs and HIV, the criminal justice system and more. For a complete list of sessions on tap, check out the official schedule. Many of the speakers have yet to be identified, but what's a drug policy reform conference without some last-minute inspirations?

One event attendees can count on: a "victory walk" down the Sixteenth Street Mall on Thursday, October 24, starting at 1 pm, "to celebrate the legalization of marijuana in Colorado, Washington, and Uruguay, as well as recent harm reduction and sentencing reform victories in Colorado." After forty years of failed wars on drugs, an autumnal stroll in support of "harm reduction" strategies might not be a bad idea at all.

Additional information regarding next week's action can be found on the conference website.

More from our Marijuana archive circa August: "War on drugs survey: 4 percent say we're winning, 82 percent disagree."

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Donkey_Hotays_Dog
Donkey_Hotays_Dog

These are the same drug policy wankers that wrote and paid for A20 and A64. IF you can afford their $475 registration fee, why don't you go in there and tell them that you don't appreciate these carpet-baggers coming to Colorado, dropping TURDS into our Constitution, and then leaving without any money for lawsuits once the government eventually guts A20 and A64. Remember, Ethan Nadelman said that A20 was only "symbolic" and never meant to be enacted. These wankers are bigger liars than the DEA.

jpitts68
jpitts68

You're going to wind up on a government watch-list sooner or later, may as well do it right

day1kmm
day1kmm

We all have an endocannabinoid system. It regulates the other systems in our body. As Raphael Mechoulem, the man who originally discovered THC in 1964 and has been studying cannabis ever since, whose team discovered the endocannabinoid system in 1987, states, "There is barely a biological or physiological system in our bodies in which the endocannabinoids do not participate". Our bodies run on cannabinoids, some people don't produce enough, like a diabetic with insulin. When the body's own endocannabinoids are diminished, this causes a function issue within the body's systems.


We have American Medicine and it works for many, yet there are other widely accepted forms of medicine. Medical cannabis is considered holistic medicine in many areas of the country. It has always been a part of Ayurvedic, Chinese and Korean medicines. Cannabis was widely used as medicine in this nation until 1937. Now science understands the connection between the plant and humans, it is time the nation accepts cannabis medicine as a science. In addition to American Medicine we currently have Chiropractic, Holistic, Herbal and Ayurvedic medicine being practiced here. There is room for cannabis medicine, the practice of medicine based on the endocannabinoid system and using cannabis to treat it. To say we are a free nation and forbid the only natural homeostatic substance that can actually heal people is an oxymoron.


Misinformation has done much damage over the last 75 years as has the war on a plant and those who use it. Cannabis has continually been shown to be a remarkable anti-inflammatory which could be of great help to the 86 million people that suffer chronic pain. No one ever died from cannabis/marijuana though much suffering has taken place from the prohibition of it. It is time to end this travesty. Education is key - Educate Everyone


McShyster
McShyster

A64 did not repeal a single Felony or Misdemeanor criminal statute in Colorado.

A64 = a continuation of CRIMINAL prohibition against 10s of thousands of individual marijuana users, growers and sellers in Colorado.

stupidstuka
stupidstuka

REGULATION WORKS!

FOR THE REGULATORS!

Not so much for the regulated.

fognl7
fognl7

It's working out well for you, too. What would you do all day without A20/A64/NORML/etc. to whine about?

mattleising
mattleising topcommenter

Looks like he created ANOTHER fake profile lol. Sad

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