First-Ever Global Conference on How To Legalize Cannabis 9/11/98

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Experts from around the world gathered in London last weekend (9/5 - 9/6) to tackle the question that they see as the next logical step in the growing movement for cannabis law reform under the title, "Regulating Cannabis: Options for Control in the 21st Century".

The conference was hosted by Release, a UK-based drug information organization, and The Lindesmith Center (, a NY-based think tank on drug and drug policy issues. The conference featured scientists, doctors, lawyers and academics from across Europe, Australia and North America who discussed issues such as taxation, age restrictions, advertising and marketing limits within a legal but regulated paradigm.

Mike Goodman, director of Release, told The Guardian (UK) "Most prominent scientists, medical professionals and policy experts agree that alternatives to cannabis prohibition need to be developed to both prevent further harm and protect individual civil liberties."

Rob Kampia, legislative director of the US-based Marijuana Policy Project (, told The Week Online, "Previously I had not spent a whole lot of time looking into the marijuana policies and reform efforts in other countries, because the U.S. congress doesn't care what's happening in other countries. While I still believe that Congress doesn't care, I found the conference to be useful in that it provided a menu of strategies and tactics that we can use in the U.S. to bring about the end of marijuana prohibition."

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