This was our annual gathering of reform activists and supporters from across the country to review the politics of the past year to see what lessons we can learn, and to plan for the year ahead. This year we met from Thursday through Saturday at the Hyatt Regency Hotel at Embarcadero, and have added a fourth day on Sunday for special student/activists training.
We met in the shadow of the Ed Rosenthal travesty. As most of you know, cultivation expert Ed Rosenthal was convicted by a federal court that refused to allow the jury to know that he was growing medical marijuana for seriously ill patients, as an agent for the city of Oakland; Ed now faces a prison sentence of 5-40 years!
Ed discussed his experience on Thursday morning, a talk we called, "The View From the Eye of the Storm."
In addition to Ed, featured speakers at the conference included: