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2009 Conference Agenda

Wednesday, September 23
6:00-
9:00pm
CA NORML's Welcome Pre-Registration Happy Hour and Live Music

Thursday, September 24
Moderator:
George Rohrbacher, NORML Board of Directors

8:00amRegistration
10:00-
10:15am
Welcome and introduction: The Continuing Importance Of Medical Cannabis
Allen St. Pierre, NORML, Executive Director
10:15-
11:00am
Palliative and Curative Relief Through a Safe and Effective Herbal Medicine
Paul Armentano, NORML, Deputy Director
11:00-
11:30am
TBA
Dr Brooks J Kelly, Ph.D, Chief science officer for Genovations Laboratory, Cannabis Therapeutics
11:30-
11:45am
Break
MorningIndividual Patients, Caregivers, and Small Patient Collectives
Discuss this panel
  • Patient and Caregiver rights under 215/SB420
  • Possession: current caselaw and statutory law
  • Cultivation: current caselaw and statutory law
  • Transportation: current caselaw and statutory law
  • Obtaining Cannabis: where and how to get it
  • Patients Not Authorized to:
    distribute to other patients
    distribute "excess" to clubs
    engage in conduct harmful to others
  • Cannabis Patient rights (or lack thereof):
    No right to protection from employment discrimination
    No protection from Feds or other states
    Student loans
    Section 8 housing
  • Small collectives: formation, cultivating, obtaining of medicine, money considerations
  • Interaction with Law Enforcement

Panelists:

  • David Bearman
  • Chris Conrad
  • Omar Figueroa, Esq.
  • Zenia Gilg, Esq.
  • Frank Lucido
  • Moderator: William Panzer, Esq.
2:15-
3:00pm
Lunch On Your Own
3:00-
3:15pm
TBA
David Bearman, MD
3:15-
3:30pm
Smells Like Freedom
Robert Corry, Esq.
AfternoonLarger Patient Cooperatives and Dispensaries
Discuss this panel
  • What makes a dispensary "legal"
    caregiver vs. cooperative model
  • Elements of cooperatives
  • Obtaining Cannabis
  • Salaries and expenses
  • California Attorney General Guidelines
  • Working with local authorities
  • Taxes: 26 USC Sec. 280E
  • The Feds: on/off radar
    Federal defenses and sentencing
    The Obama Administration
    Developments in Sacramento and on Capitol Hill

Panelists:

  • Matt Abel, Esq.
  • James Anthony, Esq.
  • Warren Edson, Esq.
  • Joe Elford, Esq.
  • Matthew Kumin, Esq.
  • John Lucy IV, Esq.
  • Henry Wykowski, Esq.
  • Moderator: William Panzer, Esq.
5:30-
6:00pm
Flip The Switch: A Medical Path to Full Legalization
Steve DeAngelo, CEO, Harborside Health Center
7:30-
10:00pm

High Times/NORML Activist Awards and Silent Auction
Kindly sponsored by: High Times Magazine

9:00pm-
2:00am

Boss Enterprises and The Green Door VIP Party
(By invitation only)


Friday, September 25
Moderator:
Allen St. Pierre, Executive Director, NORML

7:30am

Registration

9:00-
9:30am

Welcome
NORML Board Chair Steve Dillon, Esq.,

2009 Marijuana Mitzvah
NORML's Executive Director Allen St. Pierre

9:30-
10:00am
Welcome Speaker
California Assemblyman, Tom Ammiano
10:00-
10:30pm
The Zeitgeist of 'Legalization': Why and How Did This Happen?
Russ Belville, NORML Outreach Coordinator, Podcast Host
10:30-
10:45am
Break
10:45-
12:30pm

Pot Politics 2009 and Beyond
Discuss this panel

A record number of state legislatures debated marijuana law reform in 2009; a nationwide panel of experts discusses our progress.

Moderator: Keith Stroup, Esq., NORML, Federal Legislation

  • Chris Goldstein, Director, Penn. For Medical Marijuana
  • Rob Kampia, Executive Director, Marijuana Policy Project
  • Dan Linn, Executive Director, Illinois NORML
  • Madeline Martinez, Director, Oregon NORML, member of NORML's board of directors
  • Jesse Stout, former Director of RIPAC
  • Ken Wolski, RN, Director, Coalition for Medical Marijuana NJ
12:30-
1:30pm

Lunch On Your Own with travel author and NORML advisory board member Rick Steves presenting the ACLU DVD: 'Marijuana: Its Time for a Conversation'

1:30-
2:45pm
Has support for legalization reached a critical mass/tipping point?
Discuss this panel

According to national polls, public support for legalizing marijuana has never been higher. Why now? And how do we mobilize this public support into political change? Leaders in the drug law reform movement discuss these trends, and what they portend for future reform efforts.

Moderator: Dave Fratello, Coast Campaign Group

  • Dale Gieringer, Ph.D, Director, CA NORML; member of NORML's board of directors
  • Rich Lee, Proprietor of 'Oaksterdam University' and Campaigner for 'The Regulate, Control, and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010'
  • Harry Levine, Ph.D, Queens College
2:45-
4:15pm
What impact would legalization/regulation have on use rates?
Discuss this panel

Critics of marijuana law reform allege that liberalizing cannabis laws will inevitably lead to an explosion in marijuana use. Yet, according to the World Health Organization, the United States presently enjoys the world’s highest levels of marijuana use despite enforcing some of the world’s most stringent anti-pot laws. A panel of experts compare and contrast the use of cannabis across the globe and try to make sense of it all.

Moderator: Mitch Earleywine, Ph.D, State University of New York/Albany

  • Paul Armentano, Deputy Director, NORML
  • Robert MacCoun, Ph.D, University of California/Berkeley
  • Craig Reinarman, Ph.D, University of California/Santa Cruz
4:15-
4:30pm

'420' Break...

4:30-
6:00pm
Pot, Parenting and Legalization
Discuss this panel

Talking to your kids about pot isn’t easy. Let these experts advise you on how to begin the discussion, and on how to keep your children safe and informed.

Moderator: Marsha Rosenbaum, Ph.D, Director Emerita, Drug Policy Alliance

  • Ngaio Bealum, West Coast Cannabis
  • Jessica Corry, Esq., Fellow, Independence Institute
  • Robert Corry, Esq.
  • Mitch Earleywine, Ph.D, NORML Advisory Board
  • George Rohrbacher, NORML Board of Directors
  • Rick Steves, NORML Advisory Board
7:00-
9:00pm

ARO Dinner
(Invite only - Must RSVP)

7:00-
9:00pm

NORML Chapter and Freedom Fighters Tribute Party
(Invitation-only event held at a NORML board member's 'unique' home)


Saturday, September 26
Moderator:
Madeline Martinez, NORML Board of Directors

9:00am

Registration

10:00-
10:30am
Cannabis Law Reform's Missing Link: Law Enforcement
Former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper; LEAP and NORML Advisory Board; Author of Breaking Rank
10:30-
12:00pm
Putting the Mexican Cartels Out of Business
Discuss this panel

Mexican drug cartels now employ over 100,000 soldiers and are responsible for nearly ten thousand deaths per year. Their largest source of income is marijuana. A panel of experts discuss how legalizing and regulating cannabis in the United States and abroad is the only viable solution for staving this ongoing bloodshed.

Moderator: Richard Cowan, former NORML director

  • Mike Gray, Author of Drug Crazy; Common Sense for Drug Policy
  • Ethan Nadelmann, Ph.D, Director, Drug Policy Alliance; Author of Cops Across Borders
  • Norm Stamper, Former Seattle Police Chief; NORML Advisory Board
12:00-
12:15pm
Break
12:15-
1:30pm
Breakout Sessions
Discuss this panel
1.

Tools For Activists (What Can I Do?)
Moderator: Russ Belville, NORML National Outreach Coordinator

  • Chris Goldstein – Working with Mainstream Media
  • Brian Judy – Social Networking Technologies
  • Madeline Martinez – Grassroots Lobbying
  • Lauren Vazquez –Social Change Leadership, How to Make Your Grassroots Grow
2.

High Times Cultivation: More Root, More Fruit: Growing Medical Marijuana in the Era of Plant Limits
Moderator: Danny Danko, Cultivation Editor, High Times

Veganics: Beyond Organics for Medicinal Quality Cannabis
Kyle Kushman, former High Times Cultivation reporter and current medical marijuana consultant

3.

California NORML: Law Reform and Activism In The Golden State
(An open discussion of California's pending marijuana initiatives and other reform efforts.)
Moderator: Dale Gieringer, Ph.D, Director, CA NORML

1:30-
2:30pm
Keynote Speaker Luncheon
Lester Grinspoon, M.D. Author and pioneering Harvard Medical School Professor [via remote from Boston]
2:45-
4:15pm
Marijuana Legalization As a Local, State, Federal Revenue Stream
Discuss this panel

In today’s sagging economy national, state and local leaders are looking for alternative streams of revenue. They should look no further than to America’s #1 cash crop: cannabis.

Moderator: Dale Gieringer, Ph.D, Director, CA NORML

  • Jon Gettman, Ph.D
  • Rebecca Kaplan, Oakland City Council
  • Mark Kleiman, Ph.D, UCLA
4:15-
4:30pm

Break

4:30-
5:30pm
Cannabis and Athleticism
Discuss this panel

Some of the nation’s top athletes discuss why today's pros are turning to cannabis — and away from alcohol and painkillers — off the field, and question why pro sports leagues are continuing to sanction those who do.

Moderator: Steve Bloom, Author, Pot Culture; editor, celebstoner.com

  • Toby Grear, MMA fighter
  • Sean Neumann, Documentary Filmmaker; former ESPN producer
  • Mark Stepnoski, Former All-Star NFL football player, NORML Advisory Board
  • Rob Van Dam, Professional wrestler
5:30-
6:00pm
Conference Close
Rick Steves, TV host/best-selling travel author, NORML Advisory Board
7:00-
1:00am

NORML 2009 Extravaganza Fundraising Party
Kindly sponsored by: Harborside Health Center



High Times
Harborside Heath Center
OrganiCann
The Hemp and Cannabis FoundationWeedMaps.com
The Healing Center of ColoradoMediCannCannabis Therapeutics
Weed Tracker
Berkeley Patients GroupCannabis ScienceHayes Insurance Agency
The Green Door