Just Announced – Next weekâ€™s National NORML Conference in Denver will feature: TV personality and medical cannabis patient Montel Williams (hosting a Denver mayoral debate sponsored by NORML)
Opening remarks reflecting on NORMLâ€™s forty years of law reform advocacy from public interest lawyer and founder Keith Stroup; Closing remarks in a rare public appearance from legendary marijuana researcher and author Lester Grinspoon, M.D.
The 40th annual conference of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Â Laws (NORML) is going to convene next Thursday, April 21 â€“ Saturday, 23 at the Grand Hyatt in Denver, Colorado.
The theme for this yearâ€™s annual conference is Coming of Age: Cannabis and Commerce. A complete conference agenda and speakersâ€™ bios are now online.
Colorado has emerged as the geographic center of legal medical cannabis in Americaâ€”the state has licensed hundreds of medical cannabis dispensaries, cultivation centers and medical edible manufacturers thereby creating the legislative impetus recently for the state to further adopt laws that regulate, tax and control the cultivation, sale and use of medical cannabis.
U.S. Representative Jared Polis (D-CO), the conferenceâ€™s keynote speaker, who publicly endorses legalizing cannabis for responsible adult use and regulated sales, will articulate this point.
His public remarks are in advance of anticipated federal legislation to be introduced in this session of Congress to have the federal government acknowledge the failure of 75 years of Cannabis Prohibition and that the statesâ€”like his state of Coloradoâ€”can craft functional policy alternatives to prohibition laws that donâ€™t compromise public safety, collect needed (and otherwise uncollected) tax revenue and licensing fees; respecting both the publicâ€™s will for reform and the Constitution.
Millions of dollars of taxes and fees have already been collected by the state of Colorado, future state budgets now include the anticipated revenues and state bureaucracies are being created for (and funded by) these cannabis-related businesses.
Cannabis commerce has come of age during the countryâ€™s longest and steepest recession, Colorado is at the center of this public discussion and positive changes in laws. The nationâ€™s leading cannabis law reformers, researchers, legal advocates and cannabusiness owners will all be front and center at NORMLâ€™s 40th annual conference.
Register Now, Seats Going Fast
The host hotelâ€™s rooms are already sold out. All of the conference vending and sponsorship opportunities have also been snatched up as well! However, there are still some registration tickets available (including day passes). Please register now to insure a spot at the most important cannabis law reform conference in years.
Please register now before both 1.) the conference registrations and NORML socials tickets sell out and 2.) pricing increases next week for those attendees who donâ€™t pre-register online or by calling 202-483-5500.
Hope to see you and yoursâ€¦one mile high next week on Coloradoâ€™s front range!