The 2016 NORML Aspen Legal Seminar will be held at the Gant in Aspen on June 2, 3 and 4, 2016. Please mark your calendars, and reserve a room early (from our block of reduced-rate rooms) at the Gant. If you are reserving a room online, the code to qualify for our block of rooms is NORML16.
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 will open 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 Anti-Trust, unfair Business Practices and Consumer Protection Issues in the Emerging Marijuana Markets; Lisa Padillo from New York on Special Estate Planning Techniques for Cannabis Business; and Mary Conn from Houston on Law, Drugs and Our Changing Society.
On Friday, Mary Chartier and Natalie Alane from Lansing, MI will lecture 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 Leval: Overcoming the Stalemate Between State and Federal Law; Jerri Merrit of Denver on Federal Drug Sentencing Update: Changes in Attitudes vs Changes in Latitude (Using Inspired Variance Motions to Achieve Both); and a current US Attorney (name withheld pending his retirement) on The Advantages of Ending Marijuana Prohibition from the Perspective of a US Attorney.
And on Saturday, Emily Gant from Seattle will lecture on Cannabis Business 101; followed by Adam Wolf of San Francisco on Challenges to the CO Law: Civil Rico and the Suit by OK and NE; 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.
As with past legal seminars in Aspen, Chris and Gerry Goldstein will hold 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 are 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 in the seminar registration fees.