2005 Conference Agenda

Wednesday, March 30
6:00-8:00pm Happy Hour/Conference Registration
Thursday, March 31
Day Moderator: Allen St. Pierre, Executive Director, NORML
8:00-9:00am Conference Registration
9:00-9:15am Welcome - Steve Dillon, Esq., Chair, NORML Board of Directors

Cannabis Convocation - Allen St. Pierre, Executive Director, NORML


Welcome to San Francisco - Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, San Francisco Board of Supervisors


2004 Pro-Cannabis Initiatives: The Review
Alaska/Ken Jacobes, Esq., Alaskans for Marijuana Regulation & Control
Oregon/John Sajo, Voter Power
Montana and Future Initiatives/Rob Kampia, MPP
Massachusetts/Steve Epstein, Esq., MassCann NORML
Columbia, MO
- Med Mj. Initiative/Sterling Neeb, CAPE
- Decrim. Initiative/Dan Viets, Esq., Missouri NORML
Detroit and Ann Arbor, MI/Tim Beck, Michigan NORML
Oakland - Susan Stephenson, Next Generation

Moderator: Dominic Holden, WA NORML/ Sensible Seattle
11:00-11:15am Break
11:15-1:00pm Drug Policy Reform: Taking It Directly To The People
Jack Cole, LEAP
Roger Goodman, Esq., Voluntary Committee of Lawyers
Nick Eyle, ReconsiDer
Mikki Norris, Cannabis Consumers Campaign
Keith Saunders, Ph.D, MassCann NORML
Moderator: Clifford Thornton, Efficacy/
NORML Board of Directors
1:00-2:00pm Lunch Break (lunch on your own)

Teens and Drugs: Reports from the Field
Marsha Rosenbaum, Ph.D, Director, S.F. Office & Safety First Project, Drug Policy Alliance


Cannabis Prohibition Victims: Recent, Current and Prospective
Diane Monson, Raich/Monson v. Ashcroft
Valerie Leveroni Corral, WAMM, NORML Board of Directors
Angel Raich, Raich/Monson v. Ashcroft
Brian Epis
Marissa Garcia

Moderator: Steph Sherer, Executive Director, Americans for Safe Access
4:00-6:00pm Breakout Sessions

Cannabis Cultivation: The How, Why and for What
Kyle Kushman, High Times

Moderator: Chris Conrad, Safe Access Now

Police Tactics: Don’t Become a Statistic
Anthony Feldstein, Esq., NORML Legal Committee
Omar Figaroa, Esq., NORML Legal Committee

Moderator: William Panzer, Esq., NORML Legal Committee

Vaporizers & FDA Research: The Future of ‘Smoking’ Cannabis
Rick Doblin, Ph.D, MAPS/NORML Board of Directors

Moderator: Dale Gieringer, Ph.D, Director CA NORML, NORML Board of Directors

NORML/High Times Annual Art Auction and Activist Awards

Friday, April 1
8:00-9:00am Conference Registration
9:00-9:45am Challenges and Opportunities in Drug Policy Reform - Ethan Nadelmann, Ph.D Executive Director, Drug Policy Alliance
9:45-11:00am In the Cross Hair: Medi-pot Docs
Tod Mikuriya, M.D.
Frank Lucido, M.D.
David Bearman, M.D.
Mollie Fry, M.D.
Claudia Jensen, M.D.
Phil Denney, M.D.
Moderator: Fred Gardner, California Medical Marijuana Research Group
11:00-11:15am Break
11:15-1:00pm Marijuana and Good Health: Who Knew?
Robert Melamede, Ph.D, University of CO
Philippe Lucas, Vancouver Island Compassion Society
Mitch Earlywine, Ph.D, USC/NORML Advisory Board
Greg Carter, M.D.,University of Washington
Moderator: Dale Gieringer, Ph.D, Director CA NORML/NORML Board of Directors
1:00-2:30pm Luncheon and Keynote Speaker:
Rick Steves, Best selling travel author, TV show host and NORML Advisory Board member
2:30-3:15pm Cannabis Arrest Report and Use Analysis
Jon Gettman, Ph.D. Former NORML Director; Fellow, George Mason Univ.
3:15-4:00pm High Times' History of The 'Bud' Shot: A Pictorial and Cultural Anthology
Steve Bloom, Co-Editor
Richard Cusick, Co-Editor
4:00-6:00pm Breakout Sessions

Student Activism: Stoking the Reefer Revolution
Christopher Mulligan, CHEAR/NORML Board of Directors
Scarlett Swerdlow, SSDP
Josh Manning, Univ. of FL NORML
Gabrielle Guzzardo, Univ. of New Mexico SSDP
Amber Langston, Univ. of Missouri NORML

Moderator: Kris Krane, Associate Director, NORML

Medical Marijuana: State of the Law From the Pros
Lee Berger, Esq.
David Michael, Esq.
Zenia Gelg, Esq.
David Nick, Esq.

Moderator: William Panzer, Esq.

Hemp: A Fruitful Future
Jack Herer, The Emperor of Hemp
Johanna Schultz, HIA PR Director
Lenda Hand, HIA Sec.
David Frankel, Esq.
Terri Zeman, Greater St. Louis NORML/hemp car

Moderator: Patrick Goggins, Esq.
Saturday, April 2
Day Moderator: Dominic Holden, WA NORML/Sensible Seattle
9:00-10:00am Registration Desk Open and NORML Product Sales
10:00-11:15am Drugged Driving Tests: The Science and Policies That You Need to Know-Right Now!
Dale Gieringer, Ph.D, CA NORML
Ed Orlett, Drug Policy Alliance of Ohio
Caren Woodson, Drug Policy Alliance
Moderator: Paul Armentano, Senior Policy Analyst, NORML

The Lessons of the Cape Cod Canal for Drug Legalization
Arnold Trebach, Ph.D Founder of the Drug Policy Foundation, Trebach Institute

12:00-12:15pm Break
12:15-2:00pm Oh Canada! Separating Myth From Reality
Richard Cowan,
Ian Mulgrew, Vancouver Sun
Kirk Tousaw, Esq., British Columbia Marijuana Party
Moderator: Philippe Lucas, Drugsense/Canadians for Safe Access

Lunch Break (lunch on your own)

Screening of Busted: A Citizens' Guide To Police Encounters

3:00-4:15pm Lessons Learned: Cannabis Prohibition and Censorship
Michael Gray, Common Sense for Drug Policy
Michael Aldrich, Ph.D, The Aldrich Archives
Marsha Rosenbaum, Ph.D, Director, S.F. Office & Safety First Project, Drug Policy Alliance
Debby Goldsberry, Cannabis Action Network
Mikki Norris, Cannabis Consumers Campaign
Moderator: Keith Saunders, Ph.D, MassCann NORML

The Future is Now: Growing Grassroots Online
Allen St. Pierre, Executive Director, NORML
Dave Borden, Executive Director, DRCNet
Steven Heath, MAPinc
Matt Elrod, MAPinc

Moderator: Richard Cowan, former NORML Director,
6:00-6:30pm Director's Dope and Conference Farewell - Allen St. Pierre, Executive Director, NORML

$50/person private benefit party for NORML and the NORML Foundation (includes hor douvres, drinks and delight while mixing with fellow NORML supporters, NORML's staff, members of the National Legal Committee and board of directors). Entertainment KINDly provided by Stonetrout, The Danny Brant Band and other guests.