The 2016 NORML Aspen Legal Seminar was at the Gant in Aspen on June 2, 3 and 4, 2016.
We have CLE credit for this 3-day program from all states that require continuing legal education credits for their attorneys.
On Thursday, NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano opened with a lecture on The Safety and Efficacy of Marijuana - Making the Case; followed by Courtney Moran from Portland on Cannabis Law Hemp and History; Danica Noble from Seattle on Unfair Business Practices and Consumer Protection Issues in the Emerging Marijuana Markets; Adam Wolf of San Francisco on Legal Challenges to Colorado's Laws: Civil Rico, Preemption, and the Supreme Court; and Mary Conn from Houston on Law, Drugs and Our Changing Society.
On Friday, Mary Chartier and Natalie Alane from Lansing, MI lectured on Litigating Throught the Haze of Marijuana Law -- The Impact of Marijuana Use And Marijuana Businesses on Child Custody and Child Welfare Cases; followed by Prof. Sam Kamin from Denver Law School on Marijuana Policy Reform at the Federal Level: Overcoming the Stalemate Between State and Federal Law; Okorie Okorocha of Studio City, CA presented DUI Evidence in Cases Involving Marijuana Alone and/or in Combination with Other Drugs; and retired US Attorney Barry Grissom of Leawood, KS on The Advantages of Ending Marijuana Prohibition from the Perspective of a US Attorney.
And on Saturday, Emily Gant from Seattle lectured on Cannabis Business 101; followed by Lisa Padilla from New York on Special Estate Planning Techniques for Cannabis Business; David Michael and Edward Michael Burch on Current Issues in Federal Forfeiture Cases, Including Dog Alerts To Currency; Dr. Carl Hart from Columbia University on How Pot Can Cure Racism; and Gerry Goldstein from San Antonio and Aspen, with his Annual Review of 4th Amendment Decisions.
The Gant, a premier Aspen hotel, is the location for our annual seminar.
As with past legal seminars in Aspen, Chris and Gerry Goldstein held a special Friday night NORML benefit party for the attendees at their lovely home in Aspen catered by Chef Chris Lanter, chef at Aspen's popular Cache Cache restaurant.
On Saturday afternoon seminar attendees were invited to Owl Farm, Hunter S. Thomspon's old homestead, for a cookout and live music as guests of his widow, Anita Thompson. Hunter, the celebrated writer and journalist, was a longtime NORML friend, Advisory Board member and supporter, who first joined the Advisory Board in 1973, and served until the time of his death in 2005.
If you're not a lawyer, and don't need the CLE credit, you are still welcome to attend. This is a wonderful opportunity for non-lawyers to meet national legal experts as we work our way from marijuana prohibition to marijuana legalization.
Become a member of the NORML Legal Committee and receive a $100 reduction on future seminar registration fees.