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Wishing I Was At The 2013 International Drug Policy Reform Conference In Denver


international drug policy reform conferenceIf you are attending the 2013 International Drug Policy Reform Conference in Denver, Colorado today thru Sunday, I’m very jealous of you! Unfortunately I couldn’t attend the event, but I really wish I was able to make it. Hopefully my financial situation will turn around when they have it again two years from now, or maybe I make a friend that will let me crash on their couch at least (I can re-pay in Oregon nugs?). I have been following the event on Twitter (#reformconf), and it seems like almost everyone in the drug policy reform movement is there.

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Marijuana Majority, and countless others are in attendance. I can’t wait to see some videos get uploaded to YouTube as the conference goes on. I’ll make sure to post some as soon as I see them pop up. Every event I have ever attended in Denver has been fantastic, and I’d bet this event will top them all. For those of you that aren’t familiar with the event below is a description from the event website:

“The International Drug Policy Reform Conference is a biennial event that brings together people from around the world who believe that the war on drugs is doing more harm than good. It brings together over 1,000 attendees representing 30 different countries.’ This event is part of the four-day International Drug Policy Reform Conference, during which over one thousand of the world’s leading drug policy experts will convene in Denver. The Reform Conference will involve speeches and debates with visionaries from the drug policy reform movement, with the intention of advancing the implementation of drug policies based on science, compassion, health and human rights. The Conference will be an opportunity for networking and strategizing, as well as for learning about alternatives to the drug war from both US and international perspectives.”

One of the things I’m going to feel the saddest about missing out on is the victory walk and rally. I love the 16th St Mall area, and I can only imagine how fun it would have been to be there when reformers congregated there. The victory walk and rally took place today from 1-3 p.m., starting at the 16th Street Mall from the Downtown Sheraton to Skyline Park (between 15th and 16th).

“We have a lot to celebrate both nationally and locally,” said Art Way, Senior Drug Policy Manager for Drug Policy Alliance in Colorado.  “This is an opportunity for all drug policy reformers to come together, enjoy each other’s company, cheer our victories and refuel for the work ahead.” I think that quote says it all.

conference march

At the 2013 International Drug Policy Reform Conference there will be “over 50 sessions over the course of three days, including several plenary sessions.  All sessions are 90 minutes long: usually 60 minutes of presentations or discussion (depending on the format) and 30 minutes of question & answer. The conference program is divided into several “tracks,” or topic areas, of drug policy information.  Rather than through an abstract process, the program is built by the Reform Conference program committee, and speaking roles are by invitation only.”

conference march

If you are at the 2013 International Drug Policy Reform Conference, what do you think of it? What was your favorite part? Is there someone that you saw there that blew your mind? Can someone please get me some autographs!?


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  1. I don’t know how they are turning over for you. I just clicked on the photo in the post, then a new window with the pic opened and I dragged it to my desktop, opened it, turned it over, cropped it, and reposted. No magic…just a mac.

  2. I made two of these, one right-side up and one upside down. I inserted each one 5 times. They all ended up like this. (It’s not good for my pain levels to be this freaking frustrated.) And then it won’t let me delete the photo once I’ve inserted it. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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  5. So you’re not gonna tell me, you sly, giggling witch? You’re not gonna TEACH me? (Are you gonna turn around my other balloon pictures too, do my dirty dishes, and vacuum my apartment for black widow spiders?)

  6. I thought the City Planner seemed a little whacky, but what do I know about bees (except they’re dying out)… And, speaking of bees… If only I could figure out how to turn pictures right-side up.

  7. Bringing in the bees from somewhere else to solve a problem is what started the Africanized bee problem in the first place. Gotta watch out what you wish for. Now nearly all the bees in South & Central America are Africanized. Their genes are stronger, they are disease resistant and produce HUGE amounts of honey. The only thing that seems to stop their march north is their inability to deal with freezing temps in the winter. Mixing in the freeze-resistant European bees may create a worse monster. Yup…I keep bees too. And that city planner is a dope. And I’m pretty sure it won’t work with people either, but it’s a good story.

  8. For those of us not in Denver, I give you some entertainment:

    From local New Mexico website —

    “Even with the loss at the zoo, the city of Alamogordo says they stand behind their decision to pass an ordinance to allow people to keep bees within the city limits.

    City officials say they’re hoping the ordinance will bring European bees into town, which they say are much less aggressive and safer than the Africanized bees they have now.

    ‘They will mate with the Africanized bees, and eventually they will dilute the gene pool of the Africanized bees making them more mellow and a little easier to get along with,’ said Alamogordo City Planner Marc South.”

    Sounds like a plan that might help bring Republicans onto our side. (In this scenario, the European bees are playing our side, and the Africanized bees are playing the Republican side. In case you were wondering.)

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