Washington, DC: Woody Harrelson and Bill Maher, two of Hollywood’s most vocal and celebrated advocates for marijuana-law reform, will be appearing at this year’s national NORML conference in San Francisco.
“We are pleased that Woody Harrelson and Bill Maher will be joining us to show their support for marijuana-law reform,” NORML Executive Director Keith Stroup said. “When high profile celebrities such as Woody and Bill publicly challenge marijuana prohibition, it empowers millions of other citizens to do the same. With their appearances now confirmed, this year’s conference is shaping up to be our most exciting ever.”
Harrelson gained fame as Woody, the bartender on the long-running television sitcom “Cheers.” He has also starred in such films as “Natural Born Killers,” “Kingpin,” and “The People Versus Larry Flynt,” and narrated Ron Mann’s highly-acclaimed pot documentary “Grass.” The actor made national headlines in 1996 when he was arrested for planting four hemp seeds in an act of civil disobedience. In recent years, he has become an outspoken advocate for the rights of medical marijuana patients. Harrelson will speak at NORML’s special “4/20 Luncheon” on Saturday, April 20.
Maher hosts ABC television’s late night talk show “Politically Incorrect.” He is a long-time critic of the war on drugs, and a supporter and friend of medi-pot activist Todd McCormick. Maher will also speak on April 20.
Other speakers at this year’s national gathering, entitled “4/20: A Celebration of Personal Freedom,” include: San Francisco District Attorney Terence Hallinan, California State Senator John Vasconcellos, legendary criminal defense attorney Tony Serra, and Barbara Ehrenreich, best-selling author of the book Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America.
This year’s national NORML conference will be held from April 18-20 at San Francisco’s Crowne Plaza Hotel. For registration information, please visit NORML’s website at http://www.norml.org.