FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Doak Patton
TENNESSEE NORML HOSTS NORML SE REGIONAL CONFERENCE 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn., December 13, 2012 - Tennessee NORML, the state affiliate of the national advocacy group favoring legalization of marijuana, today announced the NORML Southeast Regional Conference. This is the first National NORML Conference for the southeast and for Nashville.
The conference kicks off Saturday morning, December 15th, at the Sunset Grill. The conference will last from 10am to 4pm and has speakers from all over the southeast. Speakers include Chris Butts and Ron Crumption from the Alabama Medical Marijuana Coalition. Also speaking is Sabrina Fredrick from the NORML Women's Alliance Director, National NORML. Our own Tennessee advocates Bernie Ellis and rock musician Greta Graines will be speakers as well as Paul Kuhn, our National NORML Chair. Also speaking about lobbying in the lone star state is Cheyanne Weldon from the Texas NORML Chapter. The afternoon will be filled with workshops on changing the laws concerning cannabis in the southeast USA.
They also have a big music event and fund raiser later that night from 6pm to 2am at Douglas Corners featuring performances by Greta Gaines, Tish Lyndsey, Daniel Lawrence Walker and the Don Ray Band.
"It is time for the entire southeast to seriously consider the facts about the changing laws concerning marijuana," said attorney Doak Patton, a Nashvillian who serves as the chapter president of Tennessee NORML. "It's time to end the war on cannabis that's targeting minorities, and keeping our sick and elderly from getting the medicine they need to ease their pain."
Patton said the state chapter has many more events planned in the near future including a Hempfest next April 20th.
"This is really about education of here so they understand that medical marijuana is proven to work. Research now shows that cannabis works in the treatment of various medical conditions, including cancer, glaucoma and pain relief. The National Institute of Cancer has said that medical cannabis not only helps manage symptoms for cancer patients, but Cannabinoids may even kill tumor cells in some patients," said Patton.
Currently, there are 18 states and the District of Columbia that have enacted laws to legalize medical marijuana: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington & Massachusetts, according to NORML.
There are two states that have legalized the use of marijuana this past election, Colorado and Washington. Since the election five states have stared legislature to legalize marijuana including Rhode Island and Maine.
Tennessee NORML is the state chapter of NORML, the advocacy organization dedicated to moving public opinion sufficiently to achieve the repeal of marijuana prohibition so that the responsible use of cannabis by adults is no longer subject to penalty. For more information about Tennessee NORML, visit the website at www.normltn.org or call (615) 876-1256.