Wednesday, September 8

5:00- 9:00pmOR NORML’s ‘Welcome Pre-Registration Happy Hour and Live Music’
Kindly sponsored by: The World Famous Oregon NORML Cannabis Café and Alternative Medical Choices
Acoustic guitar by local singer/songwriter Josh Belville

Thursday, September 9

Moderator: George Rohrbacher, NORML Board of Directors

9:00- 9:30am

NORML Board Chair Steve Dillon, Esq.,

Cannabis Conundrum: Legalization vs. Medicalization
NORML’s Executive Director Allen St. Pierre


U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer (D)

10:00- 11:15am

Just Say Now: Full Legalization, Full Steam Ahead

  • Neill Franklin, Executive Director, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP)
  • Michael Whitney,
  • David Nott, Executive Director, Reason Foundation
  • Craig Reinarman, Ph.D, Univ. of California/Santa Cruz

Moderator: Allen St. Pierre, Executive Director, NORML

11:15- 11:30amBreak
11:30- 1:00pm

Pot Politics 2010 and Beyond

  • Chris Goldstein, Pennsylvanians for Medical Marijuana, PA medical use legislation
  • John Sajo, VoterPower (OR)
  • Chris Conrad (Prop 19), The California legalization initiative on the ballot in November
  • Matt Abel, NORML Legal Committee, Detroit decriminalization initiative
  • Emmett Reistroffer, South Dakota Coalition for Compassion, SD medical marijuana initiative
  • Bill Piper, Drug Policy Alliance, Washington, DC dispensary system
  • Dale Gieringer, CA NORML, SB 1449, the new CA Decriminalization Bill

Moderator: Keith Stroup, Esq., NORML Founder and Legal Counsel

1:00- 2:00pm

Lunch (On Your Own)
Screening of the ESPN documentary ‘Run, Ricky Run’
Sean Pamphilon, Director and former ESPN producer

2:15- 4:20pmBreakout Sessions
(includes a 15-minute break mid-session)

1. Tools and Strategies For NORML Chapters And Grassroots Activists

  • Anthony Johnson, Coalition for Patients' Rights
    Ballot Initiatives, Local and Statewide, From Concept to Ballot
  • Garret Overstreet, Tulsa NORML
    Leveraging the Power of the Internet and Social Networks

Moderator: Russ Belville, NORML National Outreach Coordinator
Using Data to Make Your Case for Legalization

2. High Times Cultivation: Ready, Set, Grow!

  • Subcool, breeder of TGA Seeds, Team Green Avenger
  • MzJill, Co-founder and breeder of TGA Seeds, Team Green Avenger
  • Rafael Martinez Jr., OR NORML Cannabis Café
  • Kyle Kushman, High Times cultivation reporter extraordinaire
  • Jeremy Miller, founder of Oly Hempfest and breeder of Seeds of Truth Genetics

Moderator: Danny Danko, Cultivation Editor, High Times

3. Oregon NORML: Law Reform and Activism

  • Paul Loney Esq., Oregon NORML Legal Director, NORML Legal Committee
  • Anna Diaz, Oregon NORML Board of Directors
  • Jim Hickam, Oregon NORML Salem Executive Director

Moderator: Madeline Martinez, Director, OR NORML

4. Warning: Marijuana Is Still Illegal For Non-Patients! Legal Defenses and Strategies For Cannabis Consumers

Moderator: Norm Kent, NORML Board of Directors

6:00- 9:00pm

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

Friday, September 10

Moderator: Madeline Martinez, Director, OR NORML


9:00- 9:45am

Rick Steves, Best-selling travel author and TV show host

9:45- 10:30am

Lessons From The 'Dry Decade': What Cannabis Law Reformers Can Learn From Alcohol Reformers
Richard Evans, NORML Board Member (ret.)

10:30- 10:45amBreak
10:45- Noon

The New Jim Crow: Marijuana Prohibition

  • Harry Levine, Ph.D, Queens College
  • Jasmine Tyler, Drug Policy Alliance
  • Neill Franklin, Executive Director, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP)
  • Alice Huffman, President of the California NAACP

Moderator: Madeline Martinez, Oregon NORML

Noon- 1:00pm

NORML Women’s Alliance: Women, Cannabis and Respect

  • Madeline Martinez, Oregon NORML
  • Marsha Rosenbaum, Ph.D, Drug Policy Alliance (ret.)
  • Greta Gaines, Nashville musician
Moderator: Sabrina Fendrick, coordinator, NORML Women’s Alliance
1:00- 2:30pm

Luncheon Keynote: Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson (R)

2:30- 3:30pm

California Legalization Initiative: Prop. 19’s Current Impact and Future Implications For American Marijuana Policy

  • Paul Armentano, Deputy Director, NORML
  • Ethan Nadelmann, Ph.D, Executive Director, Drug Policy Alliance (invited)
  • Matt Welch, Editor, Reason Magazine
  • Michael Whitney, Communications Director, FireDogLake
  • Alice Huffman, President of the California NAACP

Moderator: Allen St. Pierre, Executive Director, NORML

3:30- 4:20pm

80 Years of Reefer Movie Madness
Presenter: Steve Bloom, co-author of Reefer Movie Madness
Introduction by Keith Stroup, NORML founder

6:00- 10:00pm

NORML Fundraiser Party
Master of Ceremonies – California Cannabis Comedian Ngaio Bealum
Latin-flavored reefer rap by Las Vegas’ hip-hop trio Los Marijuanos
Chronic country-rock by Nashville’s musical satirist Chief Greenbud

Saturday, September 11

The Science, Politics, and Legality of Medical Cannabis
Moderator: Chris Goldstein, Coalition for Medical Marijuana, New Jersey


9:00- 9:15am

Medical Cannabis: The Moral Imperative, Institutional Impediment, Individual Discrimination and the End of the ‘Medical’ Cannabis Industry Post Prohibition
Allen St. Pierre, NORML, Executive Director

9:15- 10:00am

Medical Marijuana: Clinical Applications, Physiology and Patient Education
Dustin Sulak, MD

10:00- 11:15am

It Can't Hurt to Ask -- Research on Patient Experiences With Medical Cannabis

  • Amanda Reiman, Ph.D, UC Berkeley, Berkeley Patients Group
    Medical cannabis as a drug substitute
  • Jenny Janichek, HHC Harm Reduction Clinical Consultant
    Cannabis as an ‘exit’ drug
  • Dale Gieringer, Ph.D, California NORML,
    Patient experiences with CBD-prominent cannabis strains
  • Frank Lucido, MD, Berkeley
    Cannabis and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Moderator: Philippe Lucas, Center for Addictions Research of BC, the Vancouver Island Compassion Society, Victoria City Council

11:15- 11:30am


11:30- 1:00pm

Not Your Father’s Medical Marijuana — Latest Breakthrough in Cannabis Science

  • Greg Carter, MD, U of WA School of Medicine
    Cannabinoids as neuroprotectants
  • Jahan Marcu, Temple University
    Anti-cancer properties of cannabinoids and implications for clinical applications
  • Michelle Sexton, MD, U of WA School of Medicine
    Anti-inflammatory properties of cannabinoids and implications for clinical applications
  • Paul Armentano, Deputy Director, NORML
    Moving beyond symptom management

Moderator: Mitch Earlywine, Ph.D (SUNY/Albany)
Cannabinoids therapeutics in psychiatric disorders, pros and cons

1:00- 2:30pm

Lunch (on your own)
Screening of the film: “What If Cannabis Cured Cancer?
by Len Richmond

2:30- 4:00pm

The Future of Medical Cannabis Distribution

  • Warren Edson, Esq., NORML Legal Committee
    Pros/cons of Colorado dispensary regulations
  • Leland Berger, Esq., NORML Legal Committee
    Pro/cons of proposed Oregon dispensary measure
  • Matt Abel, Esq., NORML Legal Committee
    Grey market for medical dispensaries in Michigan
  • Rielle Capler, Canadians for Safe Access
    Pros/cons of Canadian government distribution model
  • Jill Harris, Director of Public Policy, Drug Policy Alliance
    East coast, state regulated dispensary models (RI, ME, NJ)
  • Bill Panzer, Esq., NORML Board of Directors
    Latest developments in CA, esp. LA ordinance and QPA v Anaheim
  • Cisco McSorley, New Mexico State Senator
    Improvements needed in the NM distribution system

Moderator: Keith Stroup, Esq., Founder/Legal Counsel, NORML

4:00- 4:15pm


4:15- 5:30pm

Which Way For Medical Marijuana?

  • Russ Belville, National Outreach Coordinator, NORML
    Do medical marijuana laws pose a 'boxed canyon' for broader reform efforts
  • Stephen DeAngelo, CEO, Harborside Health Center
    Where Is Flip The Switch Now?
  • Stephen Gutwillig, Drug Policy Alliance -- California
    Medical marijuana law reform inherently moves forward broader reform efforts
  • Steph Sherer, Executive Director, Americans for Safe Access (invited)
    Medical marijuana is, and should remain, a separate issue from broader reform efforts

Moderator: David Bienenstock, High Times Medical Marijuana Magazine

5:30- 6:00pm

The Future of Medical Cannabis: Moving Forward and
Countering Our Critics
Paul Armentano, Deputy Director, NORML

Conference Info

Gary Johnson
Keynote Speaker - Former
NM Governor Gary Johnson

Congressman Earl Blumenauer
Earl Blumenauer

Rick Steves
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