Regional NORML Conference

From: RobRyan
Sent on: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 6:01 PM

Below is a article from Sabrina Fendric, the NORML Chapter and Womens's Alliance leader, about the first regional NORML conference.  I attended to see how it was conducted with an eye towards having a similar one here in the Midwest. 

PLease think if you would one like to attend such a conference, and two help make it happen.  I posted a few pictures from the event on our facebook site

 I hope we can see as many members as possible that first weekend in January. I will be sharing some of the things I learned from the conference.

Take care, have a great holiday,

Rob Ryan, President
Miami Valley NORML
Working to legalize marijuana in Ohio
Serving the Greater  Cincinnati & Dayton area
Now is the time to act and end marijuana prohibition.

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.

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.

Sabrina Fendrick
NORML/NORML Foundation
NORML Women's Alliance

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