Profiles in Cannabis: Jessica Peck Corry

  • by Russ Belville, NORML Outreach Coordinator August 29, 2009

    NORML is proud to confirm that Jessica Peck Corry will be speaking at the 2009 NORML National Conference in San Francisco, CA.

    Jessica Peck Corry

    Ms. Corry is a Denver-based public policy analyst and political strategist, specializing in civil rights issues. In 2008, Jessica was highlighted as one of Colorado’s most influential women by the Denver Examiner; in 2007, she was named one of Colorado’s top political “Movers and Shakers” by the Colorado Statesman. She regularly appears on Denver TV and radio for her policy expertise and her blog, “The Corry Story,” is published by The Denver Post’s PoliticsWest.com.

    Jessica is a former GOP candidate for the Colorado state senate, where despite being outspent more than four-to-one, she garnered nearly 47 percent of the vote against a two-term incumbent. She began her career as a press secretary in the United States Senate, working for U.S. Senators Fred Thompson (R-TN) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and for the U.S. Senate Governmental Affairs Committee.

    Ms. Corry is the proud parent of two young daughters, and is an outspoken critic of cannabis prohibition ­ in particular, its adverse effects on children. “It costs $30,000 a year to incarcerate a pot dealer,” she says, “and we spend $10,000 a year to educate a child.”

    Jessica says, “Yes we cannabis” and so should you! Meet Jessica and hundreds of other like-minded people at NORML’s 38th annual conference, taking place September 24-26 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in downtown San Francisco. For registration information, please visit: http://www.norml.org/conference.

    More about Jessica:

    Colorado Daily: Republican Moms Hold the Keys to Marijuana Legalization

    Mom’s Logic: Pot Parents: Smoking’s Better Than Drinking

    NORML Daily Audio Stash interview: “Let me be the parent to my children”

    35 responses to “Profiles in Cannabis: Jessica Peck Corry”

    1. Joel from PA says:

      “It costs $30,000 a year to incarcerate a pot dealer,” she says, “and we spend $10,000 a year to educate a child.”

      That’s an amazing statistic. We spend three times as much on a complete waste versus the most important and truly profitable investment you can make.

    2. Mark says:

      If only my family would listen to this wise woman…..

    3. Paul says:

      If this woman seriously wants political leadership, she should show us a plan and not just sympathy. Sympathy is easy. So what if is costs a lot of money to lock up dope dealers? Locking up dope dealers is not where the real harm is done, it is locking up users.

    4. CKDK29 says:

      She should go to all the other states to do a speech on it tht could change alot she seems like a smart women

    5. Chrokee Fred Jesus says:

      She can help. But until we end the buying of our lawmakers. Receiving millions every year to vote for corporate interest and against our best interest. We are pissing up the proverbial rope…




    6. Joe Snow says:

      San Francisco – Radio Ad starts out with a Mother telling her son that they will be doing drug testing at his school . She then asks her son if he’s ever done marijuana ?Followed by marijuana she then asks , cocaine , heroin , speedballs ( whatever that is ). This is another attempt by the Drug – Alcohol and probally the tobacco companies to use deceptive advertising to prevent you from using marijuana because its use will cause their sales to plummet . They do this NOT because marijuana has anything to do with hard drugs but , only for their financial greed . In fact it is their drugs that are most similar with heroin , cocaine , etc. and in fact marijuana has nothing at all to do with any hard drugs . They want to deceive you the foolish into believing marijuana is bad when it’s their drugs that are bad . IT IS NOT MARIJUANA .

    7. Lea says:

      #4, mntnman444: Those are nifty pictures from the site you listed. Too bad it says on the right hand side: Pill Talk is a pharmacy blog that covers news, events and curiosities in the medical and pharmaceutical industries. We keep an eye on recent developments and bring them to the public eye. We also poke fun at them once in a while.

    8. sticky says:

      they should inquire the sum for incarceration of the 850,000 annual cannabis users that get busted.

    9. Jerry Moler says:

      Another class act to join our fight. I love it when smart well spoken and courageous people like her take a common sense approach to prohibition. The more people like her that help us speak out on this issue the better.

    10. Nandi says:

      Darn I wish I could go to this conference but although I cannot I am excited as one could be b/c this conference is going to be the most important conference of all times! It is time for Marijuana users to say Enough! Homosexuals can now marry and anti abortionist can kill people and claim justifiable homicide but those who smoke weed are incarcerated? WTF? Even Jesus said in Matthew that it is not what goes into a man that defiles him it is what comes out such as evil thoughts of the heart. No enough is enough but it is up to all of us to now walk the walk and leadership is needed and our grass roots movement has to step it up for the 2010 elections are just around the corner and this conference is going to emerge not only leadership but new political allies for the politicians will now know that we aint playing no more!!!! Too bad NORML cant broadcast this live on the web for all of us who cant go.

      [Editor’s note: NORML’s staff is working to live stream the conference and/or major portions of it.]

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