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Drug Policy Alliance to Host the 2013 International Drug Policy Reform Conference in Denver, October 23-26

Brian Rabadeau

Reform is in the air! More than 1,000 drug policy experts and advocates from around the globe will attend the 2013 International Drug Policy Reform Conference at the Sheraton Downtown Hotel in Denver, CO starting today. The conference will run through Saturday, October 26.

The Drug Policy Alliance is co-hosting the 2013 International Drug Policy Reform Conference with the ACLU, the Harm Reduction Coalition, Institute of the Black World, International Drug Policy Consortium, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, Marijuana Policy Project, Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, Open Society Foundations, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, and Students for Sensible Drug Policy. For a full list of partners, more information on the conference, and registration details: Visit

This year’s conference happens to take place in one of the two states that passed historic marijuana legislation last November, although the new law and the conference was a timely coincidence. “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,” said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance.

The events that will occur during the conference include:

The Victory Walk - To celebrate the recent success of marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington, as well as the growing advances in the drug reform movement, a victory walk and block party will be held in honor of those achievements. The victory walk and rally will take place on Thursday, October 24 at 1 p.m., starting from the 16th Street Mall from the Downtown Sheraton to Skyline Park.

Reform Panels - The conference will host a variety of different panels that range from issues of criminal justice reform to harm reduction. Speakers will include leading reform advocates, scholars, and medical experts. Some of the panels at the conference will be Which States Will be Next to Legalize Marijuana?, Hip Hop and the War on Drugs, Young People Challenging the Drug War, and What Can Psychedelics Teach Us About Drug Misuse and Addiction.

Achievement Awards Ceremony - Closing out the conference will be the 2013 Achievement Awards Ceremony on October 26th at 8:00 PM. The Achievement Awards Ceremony recognizes those who have made outstanding progress in the field of drug policy reform. Categories include achievements in media, legislation, and drug education. Delicious desserts and wine will be served at the ceremony.  The award reception tickets are $35 and will be available for purchase on-site at the Registration Area.

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MBrian Rabadeau is an intern for the Drug Policy Alliance.