NORML Hosts First Southeastern Regional Conference

  • by Sabrina Fendrick December 18, 2012

    This past weekend, National NORML, with the help of its Tennessee affiliate hosted the first NORML Southeastern Regional Conference.  NORML representatives from several southeastern states, including North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia met to discuss strategy for legalizing marijuana across the region. This southern coalition met in Nashville with members of NORML’s National board and leaders in the cannabis reform movement.

    The event was a great success with informative speakers and an energized, engaged audience.  The conference opened with a special statement from US Representative Cohen who was “sorry [he] couldn’t be there in person,” but wanted to extend his personal support and commitment to our cause.

    Speakers included NORML board members Greta Gaines and Paul Kuhn, Chris Butts and Ron Crumption from the Alabama Medical Marijuana Coalition, public health epidemiologist (and victim of prohibition) Bernie Ellis and Texas NORML board member Cheyanne Weldon.  They covered a multitude of topics ranging from the utility of hemp, medical marijuana research, lobbying and public education.  There was also a workshop on team management based on the New Organizing Institute’s development training seminars.

    [North Carolina NORML put together a fantastic roundup of content and information from the conference.  Click here to see their report.]  That evening, the Douglas Corner Café hosted a successful fundraiser featuring local musicians Tish Lindsey, Don Ray, Greta Gaines, Chuck Foster and Daniel Lawrence Walker.  Invariably, the Southeast has some of the most draconian marijuana laws, and the lowest level of support for reform in the United States.  This conference and subsequent events will help reformers lay the groundwork for education and effective activism in the most politically conservative region in the country.

    If you don’t live in the Southeast, do not fret! NORML Regional Conferences will be coming to your area of the country soon.

    Up next: NORML’s First Northeastern Regional Conference in Philadelphia. Stay tuned to norml.org for more info in the coming weeks.

    23 responses to “NORML Hosts First Southeastern Regional Conference”

    1. j says:

      Would love to see a big push here in the bible belt. I think GA will be a huge hold out. We need more help here than any other state.

    2. Fred Flintstoned says:

      Draconian due to the Jack Daniels and Tobbaco
      lobby and the Prison Industrial Complex

    3. Bren says:

      It’s time to get the ball rolling!

    4. Johan says:

      Definitely need more assistance in NC for medicinal use. Lots of Vets here and other patients who would benefit greatly from it’s use.

    5. somedood says:

      Fuck the bible belt!!! Yay! Pot Belt!!!!

    6. somedood says:

      *urinates on the bible belt* Yay GOD???

    7. dax says:

      id love to see Texas but with people like rick perry and his band wagon of re-pubic party 🙂 (not misspelled) these people want to increases sentences and increase the fines by double O_o i am a betting man ,i think by 2016 perry is gonna call for mandatory executions for having cannabis 🙁

    8. Joe Nickelsack says:

      What about Florida? Oh yeah, too many geezers down here suck’in up the rat poison…

    9. Derik says:

      Would like to see Tennessee be the first southern state to legalize!!

    10. Bhonze says:

      Come to Mississippi, we can get our Initiative started so we can get Legalization on the ballot and let the people decide since our polititions are to weak!