Conference 2009 – Saturday Agenda

  • by Brian Judy, NORML Webmaster September 26, 2009

    Update: Audio from Today is now available

    Lester Grinspoon, M.D.
    Associate Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School

    Today’s Highlights

    • Cannabis Law Reform’s Missing Link: Law Enforcement – Norm Stamper
    • Keynote Speaker Luncheon Lester Grinspoon, M.D. [via live remote]
    • Panels on: Mexican cartels, revenue stream, and athleticism
    • Breakout sessions on: Tools for activists, cultivation, and CA law reform
    • NORML 2009 Extravaganza Fundraising Party


    Moderator: Madeline Martinez, NORML Board of Directors
    9:00am Registration
    Cannabis Law Reform’s Missing Link: Law Enforcement
    Former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper; LEAP and NORML Advisory Board; Author of Breaking Rank
    Putting the Mexican Cartels Out of Business
    Panel Info and Comments Mexican drug cartels now employ over 100,000 soldiers and are responsible for nearly ten thousand deaths per year. Their largest source of income is marijuana. A panel of experts discuss how legalizing and regulating cannabis in the United States and abroad is the only viable solution for staving this ongoing bloodshed.

    Moderator: Richard Cowan, former NORML director

    • Mike Gray, Author of Drug Crazy; Common Sense for Drug Policy
    • Ethan Nadelmann, Ph.D, Director, Drug Policy Alliance; Author of Cops Across Borders
    • Norm Stamper, Former Seattle Police Chief; NORML Advisory Board
    Breakout Sessions
    Panel Info and Comments
    1. Tools For Activists (What Can I Do?)

    Moderator: Russ Belville, NORML National Outreach Coordinator

    • Chris Goldstein – Working with Mainstream Media
    • Brian Judy – Social Networking Technologies
    • Madeline Martinez – Grassroots Lobbying
    • Lauren Vazquez –Social Change Leadership, How to Make Your Grassroots Grow
    2. High Times Cultivation: More Root, More Fruit: Growing Medical Marijuana in the Era of Plant Limits

    Moderator: Danny Danko, Cultivation Editor, High Times

    Veganics: Beyond Organics for Medicinal Quality Cannabis

    Kyle Kushman, former High Times Cultivation reporter and current medical marijuana consultant

    3. California NORML: Law Reform and Activism In The Golden State
    (An open discussion of California’s pending marijuana initiatives and other reform efforts.)

    Moderator: Dale Gieringer, Ph.D, Director, CA NORML

    Keynote Speaker Luncheon
    Lester Grinspoon, M.D. Author and pioneering Harvard Medical School Professor [via remote from Boston]
    Marijuana Legalization As a Local, State, Federal Revenue Stream
    Panel Info and Comments In today’s sagging economy national, state and local leaders are looking for alternative streams of revenue.  They should look no further than to America’s #1 cash crop: cannabis.

    Moderator: Dale Gieringer, Ph.D, Director, CA NORML

    • Jon Gettman, Ph.D
    • Rebecca Kaplan, Oakland City Council
    • Mark Kleiman, Ph.D, UCLA
    Cannabis and Athleticism
    Panel Info and Comments Some of the nation’s top athletes discuss why today’s pros are turning to cannabis — and away from alcohol and painkillers — off the field, and question why pro sports leagues are continuing to sanction those who do.

    Moderator: Steve Bloom, Author, Pot Culture; editor, celebstoner.com

    • Toby Grear, MMA fighter
    • Sean Neumann, Documentary Filmmaker; former ESPN producer
    • Mark Stepnoski, Former All-Star NFL football player, NORML Advisory Board
    • Rob Van Dam, Professional wrestler
    Conference Close
    Rick Steves, TV host/best-selling travel author, NORML Advisory Board
    NORML 2009 Extravaganza Fundraising Party
    Kindly sponsored by: Harborside Health Center

    21 responses to “Conference 2009 – Saturday Agenda”

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    2. Filphisher says:

      there you go Rick Steves! get that GDP spread across the country and into the white house! i want to see the White house lawn covered in fields of Purp and kush haha. legalize cannabis, it only brings the good out of things. People enjoy lives so much better with cannabis in a non toxic or artificial way. completely natural and safe. Respect 😀

    3. David Spade says:

      How come i never see like breaking storys on norml always that agenda stuff.

    4. admin says:

      David, many important people in the movement are speaking at this year’s conference so we thought it would be good to highlight that. The conference is winding down, so you shouldn’t see any more. Thanks for writing.

    5. CTB says:

      Still losing this “DRUG WAR” the bigwigs can laugh even louder

    6. Stompedonmyrights says:

      Glad you all had a great super conference this weekend, plenty of well meaning words were spoken, many educated people all greading each other, saking hands and sitting down to great lunches. O! ya, those wonderful endorcement and that money of support all finding it’s way into the many bank accounts of those who promise to bring change, change that never has come. While your conference went on discussing how to legalize cannabis, that plant which is unlawfully abrogated for the people, an act of illegal Constructive Fraud, the millions of cannabis prisoners sat watching tv, ate, and were treated like cattle, and their life slowly slips away from humanity, the pot growers all ove North America search the skys and looked for tracks while they try to get this years cannabis crops in. The fear of the oppressive government with their illegal act of injustice went un-checked as your conference goes enjoyed themselves. The American people continued to deal with being oppressed while others went to prison, making possible for the rest of us to enjoy that joint we smoked before we took our families to church this morning. It is so sad that history repeats itself because it seems the lambs are always slaughter before the we realize the wolf. Will we as a human race going to wake up and pull our heads out of ours asses? And POP! goes the world.

    7. Gene Burns of KGO Radio out of , San Francisco , Ca. on every Saturday has a program dedicated entirely to the consumption of an Alcoholic beverage ( Wine ) . This sends the wrong message to kids . Alcohol is responsible for agression , murder ,violence , blood & murder on our Highways , health related problems , diabetes , addiction and a host of other bad things yet , marijuana does none of these things . Well , on Sunday ( today ) i hear a radio Ad on KGO Radio that pushes a drug testing kit ( obviously put out by the Drug & Alcohol Companies ) that starts with a ” Mom ” asking her son if he ever tried Pot . She then goes on to ask if he ever tried cocaine , heroin , speedballs , etc. What they are attempting to do is trick you into thinking marijuana is like all other hard drugs . This is known as deceptive advertising .They are attempting to decieve you the public .
      Revelation 12 ; 9 = “One of Satan’s most valuble tools is deception “. The Devil himself is deceiving the whole World .
      Ask , Gene Burns to STOP pushing drugs like Alcohol or Wine.
      You can get his contact info. at ; KGO Radio 810 . Let’s send him & the Producers of KGO Radio a clear message = IT IS NOT OK to be pushing your drugs on the Radio . This sends the wrong message to our Children .

    8. When you drink alcoholic beverages you will probally end up with health problems such as liver , blood , heart , addiction , diabetes , obesity and a host of other health related problems causing you to take their prescription drugs . Now you know why these Companies are against the use of marijuana . It’s because marijuana DOES NOT lead you into taking their drugs .
      Alcohol = Thousands of Calories
      Marijuana = 0 calories

      Alcohol causes aggression leading to violence .” For Satan the Devil himself shall decieve the whole World “.
      Send , Gene Burns of KGO Radio a clear message . STOP pushing drugs .

    9. Last but , not least is this quote taken directly from the Bible regarding The Drug , Alcohol & Tobacco Companies ;

      Revelation 12 :9 speaks of the great dragon called the DEVIL and Satan ,WHO DECEIVES THE WHOLE WORLD .

      His massive deceptions ( about marijuana ) have led mankind to follow him the BEAST rather than one true God .Suffering by Drug , Alcohol or Tobacco is one of the consequences .

      Man made drugs – The Devil
      Marijuana – Natural gift given from God