National Marijuana Law Reform Conference To Be Held In Denver Announces Line-Up: Montel Williams and Ziggy Marley To Be Featured

  • by Allen St. Pierre, Former NORML Executive Director April 13, 2011

    Just Announced — Next week’s National NORML Conference in Denver will feature: TV personality and medical cannabis patient Montel Williams (hosting a Denver mayoral debate sponsored by NORML)

    Musical performance from reggae music legend Ziggy Marley

    Opening remarks reflecting on NORML’s forty years of law reform advocacy from public interest lawyer and founder Keith Stroup; Closing remarks in a rare public appearance from legendary marijuana researcher and author Lester Grinspoon, M.D.

    The 40th annual conference of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana  Laws (NORML) is going to convene next Thursday, April 21 – Saturday, 23 at the Grand Hyatt in Denver, Colorado.

    The theme for this year’s annual conference is Coming of Age: Cannabis and Commerce. A complete conference agenda and speakers’ bios are now online.

    Why Colorado?
    Colorado has emerged as the geographic center of legal medical cannabis in America—the state has licensed hundreds of medical cannabis dispensaries, cultivation centers and medical edible manufacturers thereby creating the legislative impetus recently for the state to further adopt laws that regulate, tax and control the cultivation, sale and use of medical cannabis.

    U.S. Representative Jared Polis (D-CO), the conference’s keynote speaker, who publicly endorses legalizing cannabis for responsible adult use and regulated sales, will articulate this point.

    His public remarks are in advance of anticipated federal legislation to be introduced in this session of Congress to have the federal government acknowledge the failure of 75 years of Cannabis Prohibition and that the states—like his state of Colorado—can craft functional policy alternatives to prohibition laws that don’t compromise public safety, collect needed (and otherwise uncollected) tax revenue and licensing fees; respecting both the public’s will for reform and the Constitution.

    Millions of dollars of taxes and fees have already been collected by the state of Colorado, future state budgets now include the anticipated revenues and state bureaucracies are being created for (and funded by) these cannabis-related businesses.

    Cannabis commerce has come of age during the country’s longest and steepest recession, Colorado is at the center of this public discussion and positive changes in laws. The nation’s leading cannabis law reformers, researchers, legal advocates and cannabusiness owners will all be front and center at NORML’s 40th annual conference.

    Register Now, Seats Going Fast
    The host hotel’s rooms are already sold out. All of the conference vending and sponsorship opportunities have also been snatched up as well! However, there are still some registration tickets available (including day passes). Please register now to insure a spot at the most important cannabis law reform conference in years.

    Please register now before both 1.) the conference registrations and NORML socials tickets sell out and 2.) pricing increases next week for those attendees who don’t pre-register online or by calling 202-483-5500.

    Hope to see you and yours…one mile high next week on Colorado’s front range!

    25 responses to “National Marijuana Law Reform Conference To Be Held In Denver Announces Line-Up: Montel Williams and Ziggy Marley To Be Featured”

    1. flt_harley says:

      i truly hope legislation is coming to the congress to get rid of the phohibiton of marijuana, let me know how i can help in any way

    2. 3141 - Brethren of the Genesist Faith says:

      APRIL 20, 2011 @ 4:20 p.m.

      Having been adjudged and found guilty for “Crimes Against Humanity” by We The People – prohibitionists shall now receive We the People’s Verdict, the punishment for the results of their actions, the consequences of their unconstitutional deeds. So then – because prohibitionists have denied us our freedom and its liberties, for the crimes they have committed against us – and all of humanity.


      To: Prohibitionists and their agents.
      From: We the Free Genesist People of the United States of America.

      Genesists do God’s work! – who do the prohibitionists work for? Although our ears and minds are always open to words and acts prohibiting of our Sacrament, our voice is now louder and stronger than yours. Because we are of a number greater than yours, and louder than yours, your words are deafened in our ears – i.e. “We don’t listen to you anymore – keep talking to the hand.” We have become indifferent to you, we reject you in the Court of We the People. Hence forward – you will wear your shame on the bosom of your soul. This will be your punishment for acts denying us our Sacrament and our freedom. May God have mercy on your miserable souls.

    3. Don says:

      I hope everyone there enjoys it and learns something.

      I wish I could be there but will be in spirit!


    4. COtoker says:

      Good news. The bill in Montana that would have repealed the state’s MMj program was vetoed by the governor today.

      [Paul Armentano responds: You can read the latest re: Montana via NORML’s Take Action Center here: http://www.capwiz.com/norml2/issues/alert/?alertid=39086501.%5D

    5. Black Market says:

      Montel has his marijuana possession charges against him dropped yesterday.

    6. Don says:

      Can we read the federal legislation that is to be introduced in this session of Congress online somewhere? I think many of us would be very interested to find out what it says! It’s unbelievable that after 75 years of failure our Federal Govt has continued prohibition against all that I believe to be the American way; particularly considering the reasons it was made illegal in the first place.