Drug Policy Alliance to Co-Host the 2007 International Drug Policy Reform Conference in New Orleans, December 5-8

Press Release September 17, 2007
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NEW ORLEANS–Why are police officers a growing voice calling for the end of the failed war on drugs? Can hurricane relief and rebuilding efforts be funded by cutting ineffective and wasteful drug war programs? Why are black men imprisoned for drug offenses at 13 times the rate of white men despite equal rates of drug use across races? Is methamphetamine really the new crack?

People will gather to answer these questions and many more at the International Drug Policy Reform Conference, in New Orleans, December 5-8. The conference is organized by the Drug Policy Alliance and dozens of other organizations (see list of groups below). The Drug Policy Alliance is the nation’s leading organization working to end the war on drugs and promote new drug policies based on science, compassion, health and human rights.

In the past decade, voters and legislators have enacted more than 150 drug policy reforms on issues ranging from medical marijuana to racial profiling. Building on the momentum from these victories, almost 1,000 drug policy experts, health care and drug treatment professionals, elected officials and family and friends of drug war prisoners from around the country and across the world will gather to promote alternatives to the failed war on drugs.

There will be numerous topics addressed, including:

The Drug Policy Alliance is co-hosting the 2007 International Conference with the ACLU, the Harm Reduction Coalition (HRC), Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), Marijuana Policy Project, and Students for Sensible Policy (SSDP). Other partners include: American Sociological Association, Canadian Harm Reduction Network, the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition DRCNet, Harm Reduction Project, Interfaith Drug Policy Initiative, International Drug Policy Consortium, MAPS, Methadone Support, A New Path, Release UK, Sisters of Color United for Education, and the WellProject.

Visit http://conference.drugpolicy.org/ today to register for the conference. today to register for the conference.

A young woman holds a sign that says "End the Drug War."

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