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Calling All College Campuses To A National Marijuana Forum

  • by Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director April 13, 2009

    While 4/20 has become an national phenomenon of sorts, and is the launch date these days for numerous commercial products and services directed at America’s cannabis consumers, this remarkable day in my view has lacked a certain degree of needed gravitas– with ‘4/20′ looking more like a ‘party in the park’ than genuinely organic socio-political events that elected policymakers and the media should take seriously.

    However, I’d like to highlight the Colorado University chapter of NORML for not only holding the largest organized annual ‘4/20′ event in the world–but for recognizing this year, a year marked so far by an ever-growing voter sentiment about the need to legalize cannabis–that ‘4/20′ provides cannabis law reform advocates a prime annual opportunity to do far more than just protest in the park by convening a day-long, substantive conference in advance of ‘celebrating cannabis’ the next day by exploring logical and effective alternatives to cannabis prohibition.

    NORML encourages college chapters of NORML and SSDP to follow CU NORML’s lead by organizing ‘marijuana forums’ on their campuses next week, as college students are disproportionately arrested at higher rates than most other subgroups of Americans for cannabis possession charges and can be denied access to federal loans for college if convicted of a single cannabis possession offense.

    Despite President Obama’s unfortunate inability to take Americans’ current calls for cannabis law reforms seriously, there is nothing funny about cannabis prohibition in America. Next weekend at The University of Colorado at Boulder, students, activists, professors, lawyers and doctors, as well as proponents of cannabis prohibition will engage in serious-minded discussion and symposiums about how to move forward into the near future by crafting functional cannabis policies at the state and federal level.

    National Marijuana Forum
    April 18-20, 2009
    University of Colorado, Boulder

    For a complete schedule, check out NORML@CU!

    Cannabis experts from all over the country will converge in Boulder,
    Colorado from April 18-20 for the 2009 National Marijuana Forum, which will
    bring together local and national experts to discuss cannabis reform. The
    events will culminate on Monday, April 20 with the celebration of 4/20:
    International Cannabis Day.

    The National Marijuana Forum will be the foremost assessment on the current legal, scientific, environmental and social issues related to cannabis. Experts from all fields including marijuana law reform activists, law enforcement officials, medical experts, environmentalists, journalists and awarded scientists will participate in panels and lectures. The forum will serve to educate, enlighten and empower members of the CU and Boulder community on all current issues regarding marijuana in an unbiased
    environment.
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    DATE: Saturday, April 18. 2009
    LOCATION: Mathematics 101
    Near the intersection of Colorado and Folsom
    TIME: 7:00pm
    TOPIC: Keynote Address
    Jessica Peck Corry – Executive Director of the Colorado Civil Rights
    Initiative
    Keynote Political speaker Jessica Peck Corry will participate in an open
    discussion regarding the legal status of marijuana. The speaker will
    discuss current reform and federal drug enforcement surrounding marijuana.
    They will also discuss the legal channels in which reform

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    DATE: Sunday, April 19, 2009
    LOCATION: Eaton Humanities 1B50
    Just North of the Norlin Quadrangle
    TIME: 11:00am
    TOPIC: Welcome Panel

    Speakers:
    – Allen St. Pierre – Executive Director, NORML
    – NORML@CU Board of Directors

    Preceded by an empowering and inspirational talk to kick off The National Forum on Marijuana, this welcoming panel will discuss the legal status of marijuana in the current day. The two leaders of the National Reform of Marijuana Laws will lay the foundation for the day’s topics and discussions. NORML@CU will then provide an overview of the forum and speak on the mission behind it.
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    DATE: Sunday, April 19, 2009
    TIME: 12:00 pm
    TOPIC: Health and Marijuana
    – Dr. Robert Melamede – Endocannabinoid Specialist, UCCS Professor
    – Scott Karr Esq. – Attorney for THC Foundation

    An overview of marijuana and its effects on the human body.

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    DATE: Sunday, April 19, 2009
    TIME: 12:30pm
    TOPIC: Hemp: A stepping-stone on a path to a sustainable future

    – Allen St. Pierre – Executive Director, NORML
    – Michael West – Education Director, CU Biodiesel
    – Laura Kriho – Colorado Hemp Initiative Project

    Until the end of World War II, hemp was a vital resource in the American
    industrial textile industry. Hemp refers to the non-psychotropic cannabis
    strains that can produce various products including oil, fabric, and food.
    This panel will present the history of the American hemp industry, its
    current legal status, and possible solutions to climate disruption and
    economic recession.
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    DATE: Sunday, April 19, 2009
    TIME: 1:00pm
    TOPIC: History of Marijuana Prohibition

    – Kevin Booth- Award Winning Filmmaker/Activist
    – Mason Tvert – Executive Director, SAFER

    Marijuana’s vibrant history spans multi-millennia, yet only recently has it
    been prohibited. This lecture will present the history of the marijuana
    drug prohibition in the United States. Leaders in drug reform will provide
    valuable insight into all aspects of marijuana laws and illicit status.
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    DATE: Sunday, April 19, 2009
    TIME: 1:30pm
    TOPIC: The State of Medical Marijuana

    – Tom Sloan – Commander, Boulder County Drug Task Force
    – Devin Koontz, Food and Drug Administration
    – Scott Karr Esq. – Attorney for THC Foundation
    – Brian Vicente Esq. – Executive Director, Sensible Colorado
    – Michael Lee – Founder of Cannabis Therapeutics

    With medical marijuana constantly evolving, this panel will discuss
    current, past, and possible future laws regarding the medical use of
    marijuana. We will look at the current applications of medical marijuana in
    Colorado. Emerging research will be discussed and analyzed.
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    DATE: Sunday, April 19, 2009
    TIME: 2:00pm
    TOPIC: Federal and State Laws

    – Tom Sloan – Commander, Boulder County Drug Task Force
    – Devin Koontz, Food and Drug Administration
    – Lenny Frieling Esq.- Retired Lafayette Judge
    – Allen St. Pierre – Executive Director, NORML
    – DEA Special Agent (tentative)
    State vs. Federal Laws: Federally, marijuana is still seen as prohibited.
    However, medical marijuana is legal at a state level in 13 states. In
    addition, if over the age of 21, marijuana possession is legal to a certain
    extent in many cities nationwide, including Denver, Colorado. This panel
    will discuss the differences in laws at each level and explain the
    stratification in the legal process.

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    DATE: Sunday, April 19, 2009
    TIME: 2:30pm
    TOPIC: Marijuana Law Reform: Past, Present, and Future

    – Allen St. Pierre – Executive Director, NORML
    – Mason Tvert- Executive Director, SAFER
    – Jonathon Perri – Students for Sensible Drug Policy, San Francisco
    – Brian Vicente Esq. – Executive Director, Sensible Colorado
    Since the prohibition of marijuana there have been many social movements
    striving to legalize and utilize marijuana. This panel is comprised of a
    diverse group of activists that have played important roles in the reform
    of marijuana laws. The panel will discuss current legislation, possible
    legislation for your hometown, past breakthroughs in reform, and future
    goals.
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    DATE: Sunday, April 19, 2009
    TIME: 3:15pm
    TOPIC: Cannabis Cultural Icons

    – Steve Bloom – Former Editor of High Times
    – Kevin Booth – Award Winning Filmmaker/Activist

    This panel will look at the societal aspect of marijuana, including its
    cultural significance, ties to media and entertainment, and how it affects
    culture. The panel will include celebrities, journalists, and other
    well-known figures that are heavily involved in the cannabis culture.
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    DATE: Sunday, April 19, 2009
    TIME: 4:00 PM
    TOPIC: The Great Debate: Marijuana Legalization vs. Marijuana
    Criminalization

    – Allen St. Pierre – Executive Director, NORML
    – Drug Free America (TBA)
    As Federal government has failed to address marijuana prohibition since the
    Schaffer Commission, this debate will look at opposing viewpoints on the
    legalization of marijuana. This talk will bring in experts from both sides
    of the issue to discuss the current legal status of cannabis and whether or
    not it should be legalized.
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    DATE: Sunday, April 19, 2009
    TIME: 4:45pm
    TOPIC: Closing Panel

    – Allen St. Pierre – Executive Director, NORML
    – NORML@CU
    This panel will bring together both sides of the debate and summarize the
    day’s events. The talk will bring the forum full-circle and discuss the
    future of marijuana prohibition, law reform, and how students can empower
    themselves to make right decisions and become active citizens in the U.S.
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    DATE: Sunday, April 19, 2009
    TIME: 7:00pm
    TOPIC: American Drug War Film Screening
    LOCATION: Cristol Chemistry Building Room 140
    http://www.americandrugwar.com/

    The War on Drugs has become the longest and most costly war in American history, forcing one to ponder how much more the country can endure. Inspired by the deaths of four family members from “legal drugs,” Texas filmmaker Kevin Booth sets out to discover why the War on Drugs has become such a colossal failure. Nearly four years in the making, the film follows gang members, former DEA agents, CIA officers, narcotics officers, judges, politicians, prisoners, and celebrities. American Drug War shows how money, power, and greed have not just corrupted dope fiends but an entire government. More importantly, it shows what can be done about it. This is not a mere pro-drug stoner film, but a collection of expert testimonials from the ground troops on the front lines of the drug war; those who are
    fighting in it and those who are living it.
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    HAPPY 4/20!!!!

    DATE: Monday, April 20, 2009
    TIME: 4:20pm, of course!!!
    TOPIC: 4/20 International Cannabis Day Celebration/Protest
    LOCATION: Norlin Quadrangle, CU Campus

    4/20 is International Cannabis Day, a holiday celebrated by millions of
    people throughout the world. Every year on 4/20 at 4:20 pm, citizens
    worldwide gather together to celebrate their favorite plant. Last year,
    more than 10,000 people gathered at CU’s Norlin Quadrangle to celebrate the
    4/20 holiday. This year, NORML@CU expects more than 15,000 people. While
    NORML@CU is not a sponsor of the 4/20 celebration/protest, the group has
    worked with CU Police to ensure that this year’s protest will be as safe
    and uneventful as it has in the past.

    HAPPY 4/20!!!!
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    For a complete schedule and speaker information, see:
    NORML@CU
    http://www.normlcu.com/

    24 Responses to “Calling All College Campuses To A National Marijuana Forum”

    1. David says:

      Wow, those panels look great! I wish I could participate. I’ll just have to do so in spirit. :)

    2. While all the top minds are together, will they be able to convey a strategy of hope to us shortly after their meeting? I hope so, everyone needs a focus point to help us all move in the same direction with massive force.

      WHO WILL BE THE FIRST STATE TO LEGALIZE MARIJUANA?
      California via Tax & Regulation.

    3. MIKE STROUP says:

      OR,..HOW ABOUT OUR “MASTERS” JUST READ THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES, AND THEN IN COMPLIANCE WITH WHAT IS CLEARLY DOCUMENTED, GET THEIR NOSES OUT OF THE RIGHTFUL PERSONAL, PRIVATE BUSINESS OF ADULT CITIZENS EXERCISING THEIR GOD-GIVEN RIGHTS TO FREEDOM AND LIBERTY? WHAT IS IT ABOUT “MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS” SOME PEOPLE JUST CAN’T SEEM TO UNDERSTAND?

      • Anonymous says:

        We the people have the power to change things…not politicians..not special interest groups that line the pockets of corrupt leaders who have said yes to drugs that kill US ( alcohol and tobacco)..an those with half a brain know that mj is milder and less harmful than both.. It is oppression because laws against morality simply don’t and Will never work..I.e. Prohibition..nice try Reagan and the rest of you beuarocrates..I thought this country was founded on life liberty.. AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS…and that’s different for everyone..

    4. Vladimir M. Ortega says:

      I hope we gettin close to END THE WAR!….does anybody know any protesting thats happening in D.C.?
      I live near by there….let me know wats good so i can help support it!

    5. Vote like a Beast says:

      Again

      Does any body know why the Libertarians 2002 Incumbent Killer strategy that was so effective was abandoned.

      Read more here

      http://www.talkleft.com/story/2002/08/21/321/58841

      And here

      http://libertyunbound.com/archive/2002_08/jansen-barr.html

      In 2002 Pot smokers united (over the objection of RON PAUL”S right hand) and defeated NORML ENEMY #1. After being spanked by the LP party in 2002 Bobb Barr went from Worst Drug Warrior in congress to Lobbyist for Marijuana policy project.

      It worked so by all means let’s never try it again.

    6. Phil E. Drifter says:

      My, my… “…as college students are disproportionately arrested at higher rates than most other subgroups of Americans for cannabis possession charges and can loose access to federal loans for college…”

      Please, please fix this! If NORML needs a proofreader, I’d be more than happy to offer my services. I’m currently unemployed and 80% deaf as a result of ototoxic drugs (drugs that potentially can cause hearing damage, and did a great job of it in my case) administered to me when I was hospitalized after getting stupid drunk and wrecking myself and my brand new motorcycle.

      War on (some) drugs, indeed.

    7. CO420 says:

      Man! This year’s 420 in Boulder is going to be huge! 20,000 people are expected to attend. Check out the Colorado Puffs website for official 2009 420 shirts and the schedule of events for the National Forum on Marijuana. Link: http://www.copuffs.com. I just picked up a sick IV:XX shirt for this year’s celebration. Happy 420!

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    9. Jeff says:

      420 420
      ^
      (_______)

    10. Fireweed says:

      I so wish I could be there…..I should have planned ahead.

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