Canada’s Most Prominent Advocate For Legalizing Marijuana To Speak At NORML Conference

Washington, DC: Canadian Senator Pierre Claude Nolin, the nation’s top advocate for regulating the use and sale of marijuana, will be a featured speaker at this year’s national NORML conference in San Francisco. Nolin is Chair of the Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs, which issued a groundbreaking report last September calling on Parliament to legalize the regulated use, possession, and distribution of marijuana for citizens 16 years of age and older.

“The continued prohibition of cannabis jeopardizes the health and well-being of Canadians much more than does the substance itself or the regulated marketing of the substance,” Nolin concluded in the Committee’s report. Following that report, Canadian Justice Minister Martin Cauchon announced that Parliament would remove criminal penalties on the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use.

This year’s NORML conference, entitled “Back to Basics: Stop Arresting Marijuana Smokers,” will be held from April 17-19, 2003 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Nolin will speak on Friday, April 18, at 11:35.

Additional featured speakers at this year’s conference include former NFL star and Texas NORML President Mark Stepnoski; actor and director Dan Stern; ACLU President Nadine Strossen; syndicated columnist and best-selling author Dan Savage, travel writer and television host Rick Steves; and documentary filmmaker Ron Mann, among others.

This year’s conference will also feature a special fourth day on Sunday, April 20, that will feature workshops on campus/activist training techniques.

Conference agenda, speakers list, and registration information is available online at, or call Kris Krane at (202) 483-5500 for more information. Rooms are going fast for this year’s conference, and NORML’s initial room-block at the hotel is now sold out. The Hyatt Regency will continue to offer attendees rooms at the special discounted rate until the hotel is full.