Month: April 2011

Final Day Conference Agenda and Live Stream

Saturday, April 23
Moderator: George Rohrbacher, medical patient, NORML Board of Directors
8:00-10:00am: NORML Chapter Breakfast (invitation only)
Moderator: Russ Belville, NORML Outreach Coordinator
9:00-10:00am: NORML Conference Registration and Products Desk
10:00-Noon: Breakout Sessions
1. High Times Cultivation
Moderator: Danny Danko, High Times Magazine
2. Colorado’s Cannabis Commerce Laws
Moderator: Warren […]

Day Two Conference Agenda

Friday, April 22
Moderator: Madeline Martinez, Executive Director, Oregon NORML
9:00-10:00am: Law Enforcement, Prohibition and State-Sanctioned Violence
Introduction from Neill Franklin, LEAP
10:00-11:30am: Medical Marijuana: It’s Not Just THC
Moderator: Dale Gieringer, CA NORML

Jahan Marcu, PhD, Temple University
Steve DeAngelo, Harborside Health Center
Martin Lee, Project […]

A debate at Brown

Earlier this week, I saw this OpEd at Brown University by Sofia Ortiz Hinojosa: 4/20 and the drug war

It’s another one of those pleas for people to stop smoking marijuana because it’s killing people in Mexico, done with sickening emotional appeal.

With 4/20 coming up, I am concerned that many students fail to […]

Can the courts step up and make a difference?

Massachusetts High Court Limits Police Searches in Small Marijuana Cases

Reason and justice prevailed this week in Massachusetts, where the Commonwealth’s highest court ruled by a 5-1 margin in Commonwealth v. Cruz that police can no longer search or seize someone they suspect of possessing a small amount of marijuana. The basis for this […]

Day One Conference Agenda

Thursday, April 21
Moderator: Allen St. Pierre, Executive Director, NORML & NORML Foundation
8:00-10:00am: Conference Registration Desk
9:00-9:45am: Marijuana Nation: The Science and Statistics on Cannabis and its Consumers
NORML Outreach Coordinator Russ Belville
9:45-10:30am: NORML at Forty Years Old
NORML founder Keith Stroup, Esq.
10:30-10:45am: Break
10:45-12:30pm: Pot-n-Politics: 2011-2012 […]

Open Thread

Gary Johnson officially announced his bid for the Presidency today. Regardless of how that campaign goes, my hope is that it will spark additional debate regarding the drug war. Of all the candidates, his is the candidacy that is most likely to do so.

Welcome new readers from Illinois State University where I […]

Asking for more of what ails you

Thanks to Shaleen for sending me this data from a recent CNN poll.

Do you favor or oppose the legalization of marijuana?

White Non-White Favor 43% 36% Oppose 54% 62%

Incredible? Perhaps.

And yet, not really.

For us, it’s hard to imagine that minorities would support the drug war. After all, we know that […]

Drug free

Apparently the drug-free notion won’t die. Here’s another article: County students commit to drug-free lives

Again, the notion is absurd. What they really mean is that County students are committing to not using certain drugs that have been demonized. I doubt seriously that these students are giving up caffeine.

Now I have no problem […]

420

If you’re in the area of Illinois State University today, stop by the quad (or Bowling and billiards center if weather is bad) from 4-6 pm for 420 Solidarity: Hempfest sponsored by Young Americans for Liberty and SSDP.

I’ll be speaking around 4:30 pm, just after judging a cigarette rolling contest.

This is an […]

President Obama’s 4/20 Facebook Forum avoiding marijuana legalization question

Once more President Obama wades into the online breach with yet another Facebook Town Hall to solicit questions on policy from the public.  The event takes place on April 20th, a.k.a. 4/20, the unofficial national cannabis holiday, without any sense of irony that these forums have been dominated by marijuana legalization questions every time the […]