2008 Conference Agenda

Thursday, October 16
6:00-10:00pmWelcome Pre-Registration Happy Hour and Live Music
Kindly sponsored by: Berkeley Patients Group

Friday, October 17
Allen St. Pierre, Executive Director, NORML
7:30- 9:00amRegistration
9:00-9:30amWelcome from NORML Board Chair Steve Dillon, Esq.,
2008 Cannabis Convocation NORML’s Executive Director Allen St. Pierre
9:30-10:00amKriss Worthington,
City Council, Berkeley
10:00-1:45amPot Politics 2008 and Beyond
Moderator: Keith Stroup, Esq., NORML, New Federal Decriminalization Legislation
Rob Kampia, MPP, Massachusetts and Michigan Initiatives
Debby Goldsberry, Berkeley Patients Group, Measure JJ in Berkeley
Sudi Pebbles Trippet, Mendocino, CA Initiative
Madeline Martinez, Oregon NORML, Oregon Cannabis Tax Act 2010
Ryan Denham, Sensible Fayetteville, Fayetteville Initiative
Joe Elford, Esq., Americans for Safe Access, CA Attorney General Guidelines
Norm Kent, Esq., NORML Board, Pot and the Presidency

The Legal Marijuana Generation: Growing Up and Raising Children In The Age of Legal Pot
Moderator: Marsha Rosenbaum, Ph.D, Drug Policy Alliance
Jen Kern, Drug Policy Alliance
Dale Gieringer, Ph.D, CA NORML
Amanda Reiman, Ph.D, Univ. of CA/Berkeley
Chuck Ries, Oakland UpFront
Mitch Earleywine, Ph.D, SUNY/Albany
Lauren Vazquez, UCSB NORML Founder

1:30-2:30pmLunch Own Your Own

Getting the Story Wrong – How The Media Lie About Cannabis
Moderator: Richard Cowan, & Former NORML Executive Director
Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director
Getting the Story Wrong: How the Media Lie About Cannabis
Russ Belville, NORML AudioStash Producer/Host
The Framing Behind “Reefer Madness” and How to Counter It
Bruce Mirken, Communications Director, MPP
Complaining to the Press: What to Do When Coverage Sucks
Ann Harrison, Independent journalist


‘420’ Break…

4:30-6:00pmBreakout Sessions

-Tools For Activists (What Can I Do?)
Moderator: Russ Belville, NORML AudioStash
Electronic Activism - Effective Organizing on the Internet
Mitch Earleywine, Ph.D, SUNY/Albany
How To Avoid Activist Burnout
Kelly Maddy, Joplin NORML
Madeline Martinez, Oregon NORML
Vivian McPeak, Seattle Hempfest
Organizing Hundreds, In Support of Millions
Keith Saunders, Ph.D, MassCANN/NORML

-The War on Pot Is a War On Young People
Moderator: Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director
The War on Pot Is a War on Young People – So Why Haven’t We
Acknowledged It?
Micah Daigle, SSDP Associate Director
Kris Krane, SSDP Executive Director
Omar Figueroa, Esq., NORML Legal Committee
Mason Tvert, SAFER Executive Director

-California NORML: Law Reform and Activism In The Golden State
(An open discussion of reform activities and plans in California for the upcoming year)
Moderator: Dale Gieringer, Ph.D,  Director, CA NORML
Debbie Goldsberry, Berkeley Patients Group
Don Duncan, Americans for Safe Access
Aaron Smith, Marijuana Policy Project
w/local California NORML chapter reps and other interested activists


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

Saturday, October 18
Dale Gieringer, Ph.D, California NORML


ARO Breakfast
(Invite only - Must RSVP)




What If We Arrested 20 Million Americans—And No One Noticed?

Moderator: George Rohrbacher, NORML Board of Directors
Ethan Nadelmann, Ph.D, Drug Policy Alliance
Craig Reinarman, Ph.D, Univ. of California/Santa Cruz
Ryan King, Sentencing Project


The Politics of Marijuana and Health

Moderator: Mitch Earleywine, Ph.D, SUNY/Albany
Donald Abrams, MD, Univ. of  CA/San Francisco Medical School
Carl Hart, Ph.D, Columbia Univ.
Deborah Ackerman, Ph.D, UCLA Medical School
Greg Carter, MD Univ. of Washington
Cannabis in the Treatment of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Other Neuromuscular Disorders


Keynote Speaker Luncheon
California Assembleyman(D-13th) Mark Leno


Drug Testing and Cannabis Use: The Case Against Legally Sanctioned Discrimination Via Forensics
Moderator: Dale Gieringer, Ph.D, CA NORML
Drug Testing and Marijuana: Myth & Facts
Frank Lucido, MD, NORML Advisory Board 
Joe Elford, Esq., Americans for Safe Access
Greg Carter, MD  Univ. of Washington


Oaksterdam USA: Cannabis Freedom Is Closer Than You Think
Moderator: Richard Lee, Bulldog, Measure Z and co-founder of Oaksterdam
Dennis Peron, SFCBC Founder and Co-author of Prop. 215
Jeff Jones, Patient ID Center, Oaksterdam co-founder        
Rebecca Kaplan, Measure Z and Candidate for Oakland City Council
Greg Grimala, OD Media, cannabis industry ad agency
Adrienne Calcote, Chancellor, Oaksterdam University


Pot Culture – It’s Significance and Social Impacts
Moderator: Steve Bloom, Co-Author, Pot Culture
Ray Manzarek, Doors keyboardist and Author
Shirley Halperin,Co-Author, Pot Culture
Richard Cusick, Associate Publisher, High Times Magazine
Michael Aldrich, Ph.D, Amorphia Co-Founder
Mikki Norris, Cannabis Consumers’ Campaign


Conference Close: NORML’s Importance To Cannabis Consumers and Law Reform


NORML 2008 Extravaganza Fundraising Party
Oasis Nightclub, Oakland
Kindly sponsored by: Harborside Health Center

Sunday, October 19
Bill Panzer, Esq., NORML Legal Committee and Richard Lee, Oaksterdam University




1. Legal Distribution Models

  • Caregiver/Patient
    • Definition
    • Qualifying
    • ‘People v. Mentch’
    • SB420 geographical limits
  • Co-ops/Collectives
    • Definitions
    • Small patient collectives
    • Organizing
      • Documenting
      • Rules
  • Larger dispensary collectives and cooperatives
    • Organizing
    • Documenting
    • Incorporating
    • Interacting with local authorities

 2. Obtaining Medicine 

  • Cultivation
  • Members
  • Black market

3. Follow the Money

  • Profit?
  • Salaries
  • Taxes

4. Local Government Considerations

  • Approaching local government
  • Attacks by local government
    • Zoning
    • Local law enforcement
    • Bring in the Feds!

 5. Federal considerations

  • Overview of Federal responses
  • Mandatory minimums
  • Guidelines

6. Civil Forfeiture

  • State
  • Federal
  • Landlord letters

7. For the doctors

  • Medical board guidelines
  • Working with dispensaries (or not)
  • Backing up patients

NORML Legal Committee Faculty:
Bill Panzer, Esq. (Moderator)
Zenia Gilg, Esq.
David Nick, Esq.
James Anthony, Esq.
Frank Lucido, MD


Welcome to Oaksterdam University


Oaksterdam University's 'Cannabusiness 102'

Topics to be covered include: How to start a business in the cannabis industry; types of cannabusinesses this course relates to include cultivation, a dispensary, a cannabis edibles company, clones, a delivery service, a Measure Z club, or any of the numerous cannabusinesses still to develop in this industry. The process to obtain city, county, state permits and licenses are covered in detail. Standard business issues such as incorporating your business, payroll and sales taxes, workman's compensation, health insurance, and other requirements for operating a business are covered as well. The instructors give firsthand experience and knowledge. Current political issues and local politics are explained.

Oaksterdam Faculty:
Richard Lee (Moderator) Bulldog USA and Measure Z
Don Duncan Americans for Safe Access
Jeff Jones, Oaksterdam University
Robert Raich, Esq., Medical Cannabis Legal Expert


Break (Coffee/Sweets)


Oaksterdam University's 'Cannabusiness 102'


OU Speaker
Kindly sponsored by: Oaksterdam University

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