CA Lt. Gov. Newsom, Ex-NM Gov. Johnson Headline Drug Policy Reform Conference Nov. 3


LA Weekly
California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom will join former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, NAACP director Alice Huffman and more than 1,000 drug policy experts and health care professionals to kick off the opening plenary at the International Drug Policy Reform Conference

‚ÄčCalifornia Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson and California NAACP director Alice Huffman will headline the opening plenary session at the International Drug Policy Reform Conference on Thursday, November 3 at 9:30 a.m.

In the past decade, voters and legislators have enacted more than 150 drug policy reforms on issues ranging from medical marijuana to treatment-instead-of-incarceration for nonviolent drug law violations.
Building on the momentum from these victories, Newsom, Johnson, Huffman, Mexican poet and movement leader Javier Sicilia, and travel writer Rick Steves will join more than 1,000 drug policy experts, health care and drug treatment professionals, a half-dozen elected officials, law enforcement, students, and formerly incarcerated people from around the country and across the world to promote alternatives to the failed War On Drugs.

There will be more than 50 panels and roundtable discussions at the conference. For the full list of panels, including descriptions and speakers, see
What: Opening planary at the 2011 International Drug Policy Reform Conference
Who: California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, California NAACP director Alice Huffman, Drug Policy Alliance executive director Ethan Nadelmann and Los Angeles Community Action Network director Pete White.

When: Thursday, November 3, 9:30 a.m.
Where: California Ballroom, 2nd Floor, The Westin Bonaventure Hotel, 404 Figuerora St., Los Angeles, CA
The Drug Policy Alliance is co-hosting the 2011 International Drug Policy Reform Conference with the ACLU, the Harm Reduction Coalition, International Drug Policy Consortium, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), Open Society Foundations, and Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP).
For a full list of partners, more information on the conference, and registration details, visit