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Agenda

Activist Summit & Welcome Reception

Sunday, July 22, 2018
Capital Hilton, 1001 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036
1:00pm

Check In

1:15

Building a Successful NORML Chapter

  • Kevin Mahmalji, NORML Outreach Director
2:00

Communications Breakout (each 25 minutes, run twice)

  1. How to Talk to the Media - Press releases, pitching stories, talking to reporters, and understanding sound bytes.
    Trainer: Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director
  2. Face to Face Meetings - Personal story development, elevator pitches, and other communications tactics.
    Trainer: Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director
  3. Communications - How to build a communications calendar, Newsletter, Action Network, Social Media.
    Trainer: Jenn Michelle Pedini, NORML Development Director
3:00

Nuts and Bolts Breakout (each 25 minutes, run twice)

  1. Local Reforms - Decriminalization/depenalization at the local level, and working with District Attorneys on expungement of criminal records for those with past marijuana convictions.
    Trainer: Kevin Mahmalji, NORML Outreach Director
  2. Maximizing A Lobby Day - Tips, Tricks, Materials, and Spreadsheets
    Trainer: Carly Wolf, NORML Political Associate
  3. Political Campaigns - Asking candidates the right questions, making endorsements, how to get involved with the campaigns, and overall build your power.
    Trainers: Justin Strekal and Jenn Michelle Pedini
4:00

Help Us, Help You

  1. Leveraging NORML's network to amplify your efforts
  2. Tracking state level legislation with action alerts and driving citizen support
  3. Semi-weekly leadership calls and how to teach your trades
7:00-10:00pm

Welcome Reception

  • Location provided to registered attendees.

NORML Conference Day

Monday, July 23, 2018
Capital Hilton, 1001 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036
Day Moderator: Jax Finkel, Texas NORML Executive Director
9:00am

Check In

10:00

2018 Marijuana Midterms

  • Erik Altieri, NORML Executive Director
10:15

Marijuana as a Social, Racial, and Gender Justice Issue

  • Nelson Guerrero, CannaCulturual NORML
  • Claire Guthrie Gastanaga, ACLU of Virginia Executive Director
  • Edie Moore, Chicago NORML
  • Beverly Moran, Vanderbilt University Law Professor, NORML Board of Directors
  • Moderator: Kyndra Miller, NORML Board of Directors
11:00

Opioids and Medical Marijuana

  • Rachel DiGrazia, Maryland NORML
  • Patricia C Frye, MD
  • Chanda Macias, PhD
  • Moderator: Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director
12:00

Michael J. Kennedy Social Justice Award

  • Recipient: Michael E. Tigar
  • Introductory Video: Eleanora Kennedy
  • Introductory Comments: Prior award winner, Gerald H. Goldstein
12:30

Lunch

1:30

How Did We Get Here and Where Are We Anyway: A Look at Pending Federal Policy and Politics

  • Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director
2:00

Legalization 2018: On the Ballot and in the Statehouse

  • Dan Viets, Missouri NORML, NORML Board of Directors
  • Brad Forrester, Michigan NORML
  • Cyn Ferguson, Delaware NORML
  • Evan Nison, New Jersey NORML, NORML Board of Directors
  • Moderator: Kevin Mahmalji, NORML Outreach Director
2:45

Break

3:00

US Attorneys: The Most Important Players in Reform No One Knows About

  • Barry Grissom, former US Attorney, Kansas
  • Bill Nettles, former US Attorney, South Carolina
  • Moderator: Keith Stroup, NORML Founder and Legal Counsel
3:45

The Influence of Cannabis on Driving Performance and Accident Risk

  • Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director
4:30

Marijuana, Trump, and Republicans

  • Darin Gardner, Jochum Shore & Trossevin PC
  • John Hudak, Brookings Institute
  • Jeff Vanderslice, former staff for Representative Rohrabacher, CATO Institute
  • Moderator: Jenn Michelle Pedini, NORML Development Director
5:15

Break

7:00-10:00pm

NORML Benefit Party

  • Location provided to registered attendees.

NORML Lobby Day

Tuesday, July 24, 2018
*Please arrive 15 minutes early*
US Capitol
10:30am

NORML Lobby Day Launch

  • Remarks from supportive members of Congress.
  • Location provided to registered attendees.
12:00-5:00

Meetings with Representatives and Senators

  • Varies by constituency, meetings scheduled by NORML staff for pre-registered conference attendees.

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