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Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition Announces Ethan Nadelmann as a Keynote Speaker

Top Proponent of Drug Policy Reform to Headline Largest New York Business Conference for Legalized & Medical Marijuana

(Paramus, NJ, March 31, 2015) — Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition is pleased to announce that Ethan Nadelmann, Founder & Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance will be a keynote speaker at the 2nd Annual Event, June 17-19 at the Javits Center in New York. Described by Rolling Stone magazine as “the real drug czar”, Mr. Nadelmann is widely regarded as the outstanding proponent of drug policy reform both in the United States and abroad. He is the founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, the leading organization in the United States promoting alternatives to the war on drugs.

“DPA has been at the forefront of marijuana reform for 20 years, and welcomes the development of a responsible, safe and ethical marijuana industry,” said Mr. Nadelmann.

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 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.

“As a strong advocate for legal regulation of cannabis in the US, Mr. Nadelmann’s keynote will be very relevant for our attendees and spark further discussion on the future of the medical marijuana and legalized marijuana industries,” said Dan Humiston, President of International Cannabis Association (ICA) and sponsors of CWCBExpo “With CWCBExpo in New York, the media capital of the world, his keynote is sure to be a popular press draw.”

Mr. Nadelmann’s keynote is part of a comprehensive educational program that covers the most important topics and business objectives that are needed to succeed in this rapidly changing and growing industry. More than 40 sessions will be presented at CWCBExpo in New York and are being led by industry experts in the medical, legal, financial and product development fields.

CWCBExpo in New York will also feature an exhibit floor (June 18-19) with suppliers in the industry showcasing cutting-edge products and services to those in the business, entrepreneurs looking to enter the market, medical professionals and dispensary owners, investors, and providers of professional services.

To register for CWCBExpo at discounted early registration rates go to For more information on sponsoring or exhibiting contact Don Berey, Show Director at or call 201-881-1614.


About Cannabis World Congress & Business Expositions (CWCBExpo)
The Cannabis World Congress & Business Expositions (CWCBExpo) are produced by Leading Edge Expositions in partnership with the International Cannabis Association (ICA). The events are the leading professional forums for dispensary owners, growers, suppliers, investors, medical professionals, government regulators, legal counsel, and entrepreneurs looking to achieve business success and identify new areas of growth in this dynamic industry. In 2015,
CWCBExpo will take place June 17-19, at the Javits Convention Center in New York, and the CWCBExpo Fall will be held September 16-18, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA. For more information on ICA visit To learn more about the CWCBExpos go to Connect with CWCBExpo on Twitter and Facebook.

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