To Our Friends at NACDL:
NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, will be holding our annual Aspen Legal Seminar on May 31, June 1 and June 2, 2018, at the Gant Hotel. Please mark your calendar and plan to join us for this annual celebration of personal freedom.
We have an excellent line-up of speakers again this year, including current NACDL President Rick Jones and several other NACDL stars, covering a wide array of topics of interest to practicing criminal defense attorneys, as well as those who are now representing the business interests of state-legal marijuana businesses.
On Thursday, NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano will address practical strategies for defending a marijuana DUI case; David Holland from New York will cover the use of supremacy, nullification and entrapment by estoppel to challenge marijuana prosecutions; David Lane from Denver will examine ways to challenge highway traffic stops of vehicles leaving legalized states; and Gregory Morse from Palm Beach, FL will focus on techniques to enhance visual and verbal persuasion.
On Friday, San Francisco attorney Matthew Kumin will discuss California's new marijuana regulations and what every civil and criminal lawyer needs to know about them; Jerri Merritt from Denver will cover the challenge of defending against both state and federal organized crime charges; former president of NACDL John Wesley Hall from Little Rock, AR will lecture on 4th Amendment ethics, including the duty to litigate, office searches and evidence handling; and San Antonio attorney, and former NACDL president, Gerry Goldstein will deliver his annual review of significant 4th Amendment decisions.
On Saturday, Joy Beckerman from New York will discuss industrial hemp, including the legal status of CBD; John Conroy from Vancouver, BC will explain the upcoming legalization plan for Canada and how it may impact the legalization drive in the US; Denver lawyer Harold Haddon will discuss the recent Native Roots case as an example of how to effectively represent prosecutions against licensed members of the industry; Rick Jones, head of the Neighborhood Defender Services of Harlem and current president of NACDL, will discuss the jarring racial disparity in the punishment of and profits from marijuana; and Los Angeles attorney Hilary Bricken will wrap-up with the latest cutting-edge issues to protect your industry clients from the Feds.
We will have a couple of social events where you can relax and reconnect with old friends and colleagues, and make new friends, in a marijuana-friendly environment. We have an opening reception at the Gant on Thursday evening, and a NORML benefit dinner (catered by Chef Chris Lanter from Cache Cache restaurant) at the lovely home of Chris and Gerry Goldstein on Saturday evening.
Please register early so we know the states where we need to request CLE approval in advance of the program.
Reserving a Room at the Gant
We will once again be holding our seminar at the Gant, located in downtown Aspen on the side of Aspen Mountain. One, two and three bedroom suites are available at a discounted rate for the NORML seminar attendees.
Let me know if you have questions about the seminar, or if we can be of any assistance.
Keith Stroup, Esq.
NORML Legal Counsel
PS. If you handle drug cases or represent those in the newly state-legal marijuana industry, then you should consider joining the NORML Legal Committee (NLC) to be listed on the NORML website and be subscribed to the NLC email listserve.