Cannabis policies:


December 5-6-7th 2018, the UN Commission of Narcotic Drugs (CND), the only United Nations body dealing with Cannabis policy, will receive the final scheduling recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) on cannabidiol (40th ECDD) and cannabis in all forms (41st ECDD). These recommendations will be presented to the 187 Member States at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) headquarters in Vienna, Austria.

This CND gathering will be the final global meeting before the High-Level UN Session on drug policy (March 2019) where new Cannabis Treaty scheduling and the 2019-2029 plan of action will be voted by the Countries. These decisions will offer opportunities for countries to develop innovative policies and new market perspectives.

The International Cannabis Policy Conference, December 7-9th 2018 is the last opportunity for external inputs from key stakeholders: researchers, NGOs, students, public officials, policymakers, private sector businesses, investors, and all other interested parties – on this very crucial issue.

Besides scheduling controls, this event presents the contribution of cannabis & industrial hemp markets and products innovations relevant to the achievements of the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), a global framework for sustainable societies.

The International Cannabis Policy Conference includes sessions with top research, industry and policy leaders and an exposition hall showcasing related food, products and services. Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of the future of international cannabis policy right where changes happen.

For years, the team of FAAAT think & do tank has served as a global platform for the debate and elaboration of innovative proposals to upgrade Cannabis policies and practices. Our work at the WHO level has been a landmark, hopefully resulting in the Treaty descheduling to happen soon. This is the right time to show up! Things are changing rapidly and the future is being built now. And here.

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Official Sponsors of the International Cannabis Policy Conference:

CannabiGold, Platinum sponsor of the International Cannabis Policy Conference 2018

Deep Nature Project | Official sponsor of the International Cannabis Policy Conference 2018       Hanf Farm | Official sponsor of the International Cannabis Policy Conference 2018

Delta 9 Mexico | Official sponsor of the International Cannabis Policy Conference 2018 Elixinol | Official sponsor of the International Cannabis Policy Conference 2018 Hempoint | Official sponsor of the International Cannabis Policy Conference 2018 Informed High Company | Official sponsor of the International Cannabis Policy Conference 2018


Sustainable Development: the way forward for Cannabis policy reform

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Conference Organizer:
FAAAT think & do tank

FAAAT think & do tank
Sustainable policies | Resilient planet.

Turning harms into benefits.

FAAAT (For Alternative Approaches to Addiction, Think & do tank) is an international advocacy and research organization (non-profit, non-partisan and non-governmental) that addresses the policies of addiction, controlled and illicit drugs, and plants, products or substances liable to produce harms or dependence.

Our vision: Evidence-based, democratic, transparent and measurable drug policies • framed by fundamental rights • grounded on sustainable development • empowering people and communities • enhancing social justice and health.

Our mission: Research rigorous and ethical policy alternatives • and take action through advocacy at all level, social engineering, partnership, and collective action • to upgrade policies and practices.

w w w . f a a a t . n e t

  • In 2016, the United Nations held a world forum on drugs, in which progressive steps were taken by UN General Assembly to rethink future drug policies.
    Related blog posts | Official contribution to the preparation process (En/Fr/Es) | Official contribution to the post-UNGASS follow-up process

  • Our team works to clear out interpretations of international Human Rights law in order to strengthen the tools to defend everywhere people affected by Cannabis prohibition-related human rights violations.
    Some of our actions on Human Rights issues

  • The research and action taken to lower the international scheduling status of cannabis in the drug control Treaties has been the central mission of our organization until 2018. The new landscape brought by the WHO scientific assessment and recommendations on cannabis international control will be transformative.
    Our portal on international scheduling changes.

  • Soon to be the core of all considerations on (cannabis) policies, sustainable approaches both to the Cannabis plant and to its related policies articulate our reflecion on future law and regulatory needs of legal Cannabis and hemp markets.
    Our Report on Cannabis Policies & the UN Sustainable Development Goals will be launched during the Conference.

Conference team

Meet our interdiscplinary team with big ideas and the will power to help our community and industry succeed. Driven by ideals, guided by strategy and research, we are highly motivated and full of spirit. Monday to Sunday, January to December, by day and by night.

Hana Gabrielová

Partnership Manager

Hana Gabrielová graduated from the Faculty of Agriculture, University of South Bohemia. Between 2010-2012 she was organizing the professional conference at Cannafest in Prague. Since september 2010, she is working as a managing director of Hempoint Ltd.

Kenzi Riboulet Zemouli

Event Coordinator & Member of the Conference Committee
Head of research, FAAAT

Based in Barcelona, Kenzi started local action for drug policy reform in southern France, then Catalonia. He is a regular at the United Nations drugs, health and Human rights meetings. He has been focal point of the WHO Cannabis review process, and now focuses on fostering ethics and sustainability in legal regulations.

Michael Krawitz

Member of the Conference Committee
International Medical Cannabis Patients Coalition | International Association for Cannabinoid Medicine

Disabled US Air Force Veteran, Michael has led the successful effort to create positive Veterans Affairs cannabis policy. Since 1998 he’s defended the Basic Human Right to access medicine at the United Nations and is behind the resurrection of the NY NGO Committee, now leading the working group on the WHO scheduling reviews.

Amy King

Outreach officer

Dedicated to the advancement of cannabis policies and scientific research in Mexico, Amy has been a patient advocate and policy advisor to on medical cannabis State reforms in the USA. She seeks to empower, educate and advocate for people living with chronic conditions that cause pain. She works closely with leading medical physicians to investigate, support and educate about rare brain disorders and traumatic brain injury prior to birth. Currently involved on international cannabis policy and regulations, she has been taking part to the WHO review process.

David Karl Rosse

Event Coordinator
Diplom Event Manager ESB

David is an truly cannabis advocate by heart. Born and raised in Vienna, he has been organizing for 10 years the famous “Hanf Wandertag”, and founded the Austrian Hemp Association (ÖHV) in 2012. David is now Event coordinator.
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Simon Anderfuhren-Biget, PhD

Member of the Conference Committee

Simon is an independent social sciences researcher and consultant affiliated to the Institute of Sociological Research (University of Geneva). Doctor in political sciences, sociologist, specialist in public management, since 2015 his research focuses on Cannabis, pioneering advocacy in Switzerland.

Bianca Zacha

Conference Art Director
Co. President Austrian Hemp Assoc./ÖHV
Co. Founder ICACO Assoc.

Bianca graduated the professional school of agriculture and is a trained instructor for horse back-riding. Further she is an outstanding Vienna artist, working as designer and graffiti painter. In 2017 she graduated as Print Graphic Designer. Bianca is responsible for our print and web design.

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The Conference Committee

This committee of International Cannabis Experts supervises the content and program of the International Cannabis Policy Conference 2018. Inter alia, they recruit invited speakers, finalize the scientific program schedule, review and select oral abstract presentations.

Cannabis policy leaders are lining up to be part of this.
Don't miss your chance to join them in Vienna.


Our dedicated team is looking forward to hearing from you.
This is a must-do event for anyone interested or involved in cannabis policies and the emerging cannabis industry.

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