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Announcement: The 2011 International Drug Policy Reform Conference, Los Angeles

By Balzafire, Sep 9, 2011 | Updated: Sep 9, 2011 | | |
  1. Balzafire
    StoptheDrugWar.org (DRCNet) is pleased to be a partner in the upcoming 2011 International Drug Policy Reform Conference, this November 2-5 at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles.

    The Reform Conference, sponsored by our friends at the Drug Policy Alliance, is the major biennial gathering of drug policy reformers of all kinds. The last one, held in Albuquerque in 2009, brought together over 1,000 attendees representing 30 different countries. This year attendees will have the opportunity to spend three days interacting with people committed to finding alternatives to the war on drugs while participating in sessions given by leading experts from around the world. Click here to register -- early bird rates are available through September 16, and discounts are available for students.

    Some testimonials from the 2009 conference:

    "You leave the conference inspired and informed. Meeting this crowd of wise, energetic kindred spirits recharges your reform batteries."
    --Michael Jourdan, Centre of Alcohol and Drug Research, Copenhagen, Denmark

    "This is the only conference that combines X-treme intelligence, passion, and practical applications. It is the best I ever attend."
    --Patt Denning, Harm Reduction Therapy Center, San Francisco, California

    "A living breathing think tank of like minds, crafting out solutions that keep people's dignity and human rights intact."
    --Waheedah Sahabzz-El, Community HIV / AIDS Mobilization Project, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    "This conference provided a new beginning for me, I now have a true passion for DPR."
    --Susanne Widmer, Albuquerque, New Mexico

    "The Reform Conference gave me the courage to return to my Canadian community and give voice to the common sense of Drug Policy Reform. The experience provided me with the evidence, language and tools to be a credible, educated leader in changing the way we approach the issue of substance use in our community."
    --Patty Hajdu, Thunder Bay District Health Unit, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

    Hope to see you there.

    By David Borden
    September 09, 2011


  1. talltom
    Here are some more details on the conference:

    It’s almost here! The 2011 International Drug Policy Reform Conference is just under two months away, and there’s an incredible amount of energy in the air for drug policy reform right now. Add your voice to the mix – and register to attend before the discounted Early Bird registration ends on September 16th. Don’t miss this opportunity to save $100!

    2011 International Drug Policy Reform Conference
    November 2-5, 2011
    Westin Bonaventure Los Angeles, CA

    September 16 – Early Registration Discount Ends
    October 10 – Last Day to Book Hotel Accommodations at Group Rate – book now, space is filling up fast!

    The conference program features more than 50 sessions, covering drug policy research, practice, advocacy and policy. Leading experts, advocates and skeptics share their knowledge, and a variety of session formats allow attendees to make their voices heard on hot debates, advances in strategy and innovative new approaches. Check out some of the sessions you’ll see at this year’s meeting:

    • CRIMINAL JUSTICE SPOTLIGHT: Surveillance vs. Incarceration: Reducing Prison Population Isn’t the End

    HARM REDUCTION SPOTLIGHT: Innovative Policy Responses to Overdose

    • MARAJUANA SPOTLIGHT: State of the Movement: Marijuana Legalization

    • TREATMENT SPOTLIGHT: Substitution Therapy – Confronting Ignorance, Prejudice & Stigma

    PSYCHEDELIC SPOTLIGHT: Psychedelic Research: What Does the Future Hold?

    • YOUTH SPOTLIGHT: The (Drug) War on Young People: Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline

    • TRAINING SPOTLIGHT: Know Your Rights: How to Deal with Law Enforcement

    • MOVEMENT BUILDING SPOTLIGHT: Ban the Box: Ending Drug War Attacks on Civil Rights in Employment and Beyond

    We’re also excited to announce that Governor Gary Johnson has just confirmed that he’ll join us to welcome conference attendees at the Opening Plenary. More top-level speakers are in the works…

    I hope to see you there!


    Stefanie Jones
    Event Manager
    Drug Policy Alliance

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