The largest international conference on drug policy reform convened in Atlanta on October 10, with about 1500 people attending, just days after the City adopted a policy that dropped the fine for possession of small amounts of cannabis from $1000 plus jail time to less than a $100 fine.
On the first day of the conference, some 400 attendees held a candlelight vigil held outside the Museum of Civil and Human Rights. In addition to its panels and workshops, the event included tours of the famous civil rights landmarks of the city including an homage to Dr. Martin Luther King. Drug Policy Alliance introduced its new executive director, as well, Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno. She has taken the reins from its founding director, Ethan Nadelman.
This was Atlanta’s first time hosting the DPA’s biennial International Drug Policy Reform Conference, where more than 1,500 experts and advocates from over 80 countries gathered from October 11-14. Earlier this summer, a slate of organizations issued a report calling for legalization broader than simply cannabis, in light of the costs of prohibition.