Ethan Nadelmann to Keynote at the Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition in Los Angeles on September 17th

Press Release September 13, 2015
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<p>Annie Scully, [email protected], 201-310-9252<br />
Tony Newman, 646-335-5384</p>

Developing a responsible, safe and ethical marijuana industry will be the theme of Ethan Nadelmann’s keynote speech at the Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo taking place September 16-18, 2015 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA.  Described by Rolling Stone magazine as "the real drug czar," Mr. Nadelmann is the Founder & Executive Director of the Drug Policy and is known for his persuasiveness and passion for promoting alternatives to the war on drugs.  His Keynote presentation will take place  at 1:00 pm PST on Thursday, September 17.

“California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana, almost twenty years ago, and its marijuana industry is certainly the biggest, most diverse and dynamic in the country,” says Ethan Nadelmann.  “The state is now poised to become a true global leader in responsible cannabis regulation, provided a smart and winnable ballot initiative prevails on Election Day 2016.”

Mr. Nadelmann and his colleagues have played pivotal roles in most of the major drug policy reform ballot initiative campaigns in the United States on issues ranging from medical marijuana and marijuana legalization to prison reform, drug treatment and reform of asset forfeiture laws. They also have reformed state and federal laws involving drug sentencing, access to sterile syringes to reduce HIV/AIDS, access to drug treatment, prevention of overdose fatalities, and all aspects of marijuana policy.  Mr. Nadelmann also plays a key role as drug policy advisor to George Soros and other prominent philanthropists as well as elected officials ranging from mayors, governors and state and federal legislators in the U.S. to presidents and cabinet ministers outside the U.S. 

Mr. Nadelmann received his B.A., J.D., and Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard as well as his Masters degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and taught at Princeton University for seven years.

“Mr. Nadelmann’s Keynote at CWCBExpo in NY was an inspiring kick-off for our event that brings all aspects of the legalized and medical marijuana industry together for three days of education, networking and business-building,” added Dan Humiston, President of International Cannabis Association (ICA) and sponsors of CWCBExpo. 

“We look forward to sharing his keen insight and ethical policy advocacy with  CWCBExpo LA attendees this September.”

Mr. Nadelmann’s keynote will be part of a comprehensive conference program with the best minds in the medical, legal, financial and product development fields.   The educational program will provide unmatched insight on what is needed to succeed in this rapidly changing and growing industry including in-depth workshops on September 16th that cover: 

CWCBExpo in LA will also feature an exhibit floor (September 17-18) with suppliers in the industry showcasing cutting-edge products and services to marijuana producers, entrepreneurs looking to enter the market, medical professionals and dispensary owners, investors, and providers of professional services.

Discounted conference rates for advance registration, and more information for the Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo in Los Angeles can be found at  For more information on sponsoring or exhibiting contact Christine Ianuzzi, Show Director at [email protected] or call 201-881-1602.

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