Open Cannabis NYC Launch + Cannabis Parade

We are joining forces with NORML and directing all members to attend the Cannabis parade happening Saturday at high noon at the intersection of East 24th Street between Park Avenue and Madison Ave.

The parade will step off at 12:30pm so we ask everyone to gather at noon.

Music and Speakers will begin at 1pm in Union Square.

Join NORML for an awesome day of fun, speakers and music.

Please bring horns, signs, drums, banners etc and lets march to Union Square.

More info on the cannabis parade can be found here:  http://cannabisparade.org/

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  • Jeff

    awesome... is anyone here interested in vaporizing and edibles?

    1 · March 22, 2013

    • miriam

      Thanks Jeff.FC is where I get most of my information from.

      May 8

    • Jeff

      that is cool - me too. what's your user name on it? mine's "jeffp"

      1 · May 8

  • Joel Burgos

    when the new meetup will be. Any ideas let me know. I would love to be on sunday in the afternoon

    May 4

  • Michael Latulippe

    Awesome event and great turn out.

    1 · May 4

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just came from 24th St. where a lot of NORML people are, but no one from this group. I asked around but no one knew about us joining them. I don't own a computer, thought there may have been another change and so I left. Don't know where you were guys, sry I missed you but I was in the right place at the right time! Hope your march is excellent!

    May 4

    • Joel Burgos

      Doesnt matter as long as you are there for the cause.

      May 4

    • Jeff

      I was there; I wish I was able to meet some of you. It was fun. Got to say hi to my old pal David Peel. Hope you all had a great time, whoever went, and let's setup a proper meetup soon.

      1 · May 4

  • jhecht

    NC> Anybody know any growers? I am trying to network out...

    Not the most security-minded post for a public forum that is undoubtedly being monitored by guess who... Pot is >still< illegal, you know!

    1 · May 4

  • Nick Casanova

    Anybody know any growers? I am trying to network out...

    May 4

  • David Elliot Rothblatt

    I regret that I will not be able to make this event..I hope everyone has a great time!! Hopefully I will be able to attend the next one..

    May 4

  • Michael Latulippe

    Today is the cannabis parade, please meetup with us in between Park Ave and Madison Ave at East 24th Street. Please try and arrive around high noon, because we march at 12:30.

    Look forward to seeing some of you there.

    1 · May 4

  • Thomas

    working Saturday, hope their will be other events

    May 3

  • Joel Burgos

    Im trying to invite as many people as i can to the parade. Awesome people will be here and this is my first time supporting the cause.

    1 · May 2

  • Nick Casanova

    I am looking to network and expand my horizon!!! See you folks there

    May 1

  • Nick Casanova

    Let march proudly stop stop&frisk and legalize it!!!

    1 · May 1

  • Michael Latulippe

    We will be joining forces with NORML to get a better turn out for the cannabis parade on Saturday. Please meetup with everyone at East 24th Street between Park Ave and Madison Ave at high noon on Saturday.

    1 · April 30

  • Isabelle Edwards

    Wouldn't miss it for the world!

    April 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey everyone, Like Michael, I too am excited to meet with the lot of you and discuss your opinions and viewpoints on the legality of marijuana here in NYC.

    If you don't mind, I would also like to take note of some of your opinions to share, and open the eyes of some people during my final presentation for my politics class. I hope to see the lot of you there!

    April 13, 2013

  • Alyx Price

    im interested in learning how to vaporize and do extraction. of course edibles too.

    1 · April 9, 2013

    • Jeff

      to vape you need to dry your material first - just leave one bud out in the open overnight. then grind it. The small size space case two piece is perfect. In fact any two piece is better for the task at hand than a four piece. You will find that you will conserve your material by about 3x compared with smoking and the effect is cleaner, no couch lock, and if you save the leftovers you'll have enough to see god in colors with mind blowing brownies.

      April 9, 2013

    • miriam

      I love vaping. I will be glad to share what I know.

      1 · April 13, 2013

  • John Johnson

    I have a serious question because I consider myself a "first year rookie" in smoking and I've been doing it to try to connect more spiritually do you think that is possible?

    April 10, 2013

    • Mannuel

      The herb opens "windows of perception" in your being. You see things a different way. A lot of people use the herb just to get high. But, it is possible to meditate on the more important things in life, as I do myself. Meditating while stoned enlightens the mind, soul, and heart.

      1 · April 10, 2013

  • John Johnson

    I have lots of edibles

    April 10, 2013

  • miriam

    Can't wait

    April 8, 2013

  • Alyx Price

    hi there,
    There are a lot of nice little spaces all around NYC. Im from LI myself so i wouldnt know the exact names of them but I've been to a few.

    April 7, 2013

  • Michael Kang

    In short, I am excited to meet with everyone and talk about these issues. Best Regards, Mike.

    April 4, 2013

  • Michael Kang

    Hello everyone. I hope to meet with many of you and discuss the legal status of cannabis in New York. In the interests of safety, (whether you are going to the event or not) please familiarize yourself with the laws of NY regarding possession. The NORML website has a comprehensive sheet of offenses and can be found here :

    http://norml.org/laws/penalties...­

    The element of the law that gives the most discretion to police (in other words, would most likely be abused) would be the element of "possession in public use." This is a misdemeanor punishable up to 90 days and with a maximum fee of $250. The loophole is often exploited by police officers that tell citizens to empty their pockets. Once the cannabis is exposed to the officer, this can be interpreted as "public use." This upgrades a normal "possession" offense that has no jail time, to the more harsher offense of "public use," which includes jail time.

    April 4, 2013

  • Michael Latulippe

    Christina and I are very excited by the response and lively conversation taking place on this event. We are most likely going to have a venue decided by the end of the week and will consider all options including those in the comments. While the goal of our events are to link art and culture with cannabis, we do intend on drawing up an initiative to legalize distribution and cultivation of cannabis in the city of New York and will employ all group members to help. More announcements are coming soon from us later in the week. Lets keep the conversation going.

    April 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      The Feds don't care about NYC. They bust people anywhere for pot. Is anybody interested in reality?

      1 · April 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm surprised that only 30 pot heads want to meet. Maybe if the title of this meet was clearly dedicated to 100% decriminalization of pot there would be thousands. Although weather reports aren't perfect they are reliable. The park is by far the best spot. If rain is forecast we can postpone to the following Sat.

    When I saw OPEN CANNABIS I jumped to the conclusion this was to decriminalize. Now I see there are debaters lined up.

    Bill, I never said to meet in Staten Island. I said use the terminal. Is there anybody against Washington Square Park on a warm, sunny day? Can this get more simple? Have a weather confirmation on Thursday 4/18. Change the time to 2PM. After that I'm going for dinner and whoever wants to join me is welcome.

    Think of the thousands of dollars each pot head will save by growing pot legally. Release all the pot heads from prison and replace them with Wall Street crooks. Start with Jon Corzine who ripped off 38,000 MF Global customers.

    April 2, 2013

  • Bill

    Having the meeting on Staten Island would probably exclude 75% of the people, including me. I don't know of any Whole Food that has room for 30 people to meet and share a single conversation and all be able to hear each other without driving the other partrons nuts. The idea of meeting at Washington Square is pretty good, and if the weather's bad we can just postpone.

    My meetup is discussing drug legalization the day after this group's meeting. There's still room on the wait list: http://www.meetup.com/3topics/­

    April 1, 2013

    • jhecht

      Inside the Whole Foods at 226 East 57th Street, right? So I now SWITCH my vote to go along with the E 57 St location. In fairness to SAM, what (I think) he meant was to meet at the Manhattan side of the SI ferry terminal - which is still a viable option.

      April 2, 2013

    • jhecht

      Regarding the likelihood of 30 people showing up, I doubt it. The Meetups I've attended typically have about a 50% rate of show-ups from the people who RSVP'd that they would come. If we have 30 who say they'll come, that would give a likely final group of 15 - which could meet anywhere. No matter where we meet, being heard with a group of 30 people would need a bullhorn or a PA system - not feasible. If we actually get that many, I'd suggest splitting into two smaller groups.

      April 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I prefer to grow my own weed like I grow tomatoes every year. The Feds will sentence you from 10 to 15 years for a few plants. I have a remedy for eliminating the criminal charge. If there are people interested in discussing a remedy please identify yourself. I have no interest in debating Jon Parks about any of his issues. Medical marijuana is the worst strategy for this problem. I don't need permission to take an aspirin. I don't care why anybody wants to smoke weed. What's the point of this meeting? Having fun, laughing, etc. isn't a crime. I want to be able to have my mind altered because its my mind.

    1 · April 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Jon you have every right to be unclear. It appears to me that you are a rant and that is fine with me. There is no crime. That is legal. If the hypocrites decided growing tomatoes is a crime, that isn't legal. Gambling bank deposits is illegal but the hypocrites call that proprietary trading. Jon you have every right to be confused and to rant.

    It says, "join the conversation". Is that confusing? If you're against weed you might feel out of place. Is that your rant?

    March 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Historically, a crime was something one did to someone else. Something one did to himself (good or bad) might be a vice. I'm particularly interested to hear what people think about repealing drug prohibition - and of course the related issues.

      April 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      PS - gambling bank deposits - if that's what's meant by prop trading - is not illegal, and much has been done to confuse the public about the true nature of the "deposits" (unsecured loans to banks). There's also material misrepresentation re the "notes" themselves - i.e. what we call dollars. I think you're referring to what Greenspan used to call "moral hazard" - i.e., bank gains mainly enrich their executives (rarely the investing public), and bank losses are covered by FDIC insurance (funded by tax-payers), and the lender of last resort facility or the FED (again, essentially a subsidy from tax-payers). For one of the better books on the subject (how this ends) see: http://www.gutenberg....­ (free download off the internet).

      April 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    OK we can see the weather report 2 or 3 days before. Whole Foods is fine with me if they allow meetings. The Staten Island Ferry terminal would also be an option if there is bad weather.

    Any viable indoor alternative is fine for a back up. How JH do you know the weather will be bad? Let's bet $10 on the weather. If its not over 50 and no rain you pay $10.

    April 1, 2013

    • jhecht

      I know Whole Foods works because I've used it. Please read my earlier post more carefully. Bet you $10? Why should I?

      April 1, 2013

    • jhecht

      Also - I think that mutually deciding on a specific location is more convenient and courteous than waiting to see if it rains, and then scrambling for alternatives. Let's vote and see what suits the most people. I vote for WF @ 97th & Columbus, or any other MID-Manhattan location we can find.

      April 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lets all vote on the time and place. Keep everybody happy.

    April 1, 2013

  • jhecht

    SM> I recommend the time be earlier 2:00 PM in Washington Square Park. There we can attract many more people. The weather will be nice.

    I agree that an earlier time Saturday would be better, BUT I do not think Washington Square is a good location unless God tells us that it won't rain! How (SM) do you know 'the weather will be nice'?

    So I propose a different location. There's a Whole Foods store at 97th St/Columbus Ave where we could sit indoors, typically lots of space, even good food & drink. I've been to several Meet-ups there, and it's worked well for us.

    April 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    There would be a huge potential for this group to successfully form a strategy if people attend with an open mind. I have given this problem lots of thought. America has far greater problems than the weed issue and people are pissed. Let's just see what happens.

    Starting this meeting at 7 is a really bad idea. Why not vote on a better time? I prefer 2 at Washington Square Park. Why do we need to accept bigotry, paranoia, and irrational behavior as an immoveable obstacle. Its a huge obstacle but if we start by accepting psychotic behavior as permanent this meeting is a waste of time. Weed is no more a crime than aspirin.

    I eat too much. Should I be put in prison for that?

    April 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I agree with Stephen...people abuse video games, but that's socially acceptable. My problem with the current policy is actually not with the laws themselves (our country has a long history of bigotry and paranoia so we need to accept that as a given). I think that although it is practical for recreational smokers to use medicinal marijuana as an excuse in the short term, it hurts both medicinal and recreational users alike. It de-legitimizes weed as having medicinal value and shifts the public's attention from the issue of recreational weed being less detrimental than alcohol, cigarettes, coffee or even simply the stress caused by our culture- which measures one's success in life by monetary standards alone. I think that the two need to be separated: battle number one: to make sure patients with chronic problems have a long term alternative that they can CHOOSE whether to accept or not and the second: to convince America that recreational use is not a one-way street leading to Heroin

    March 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Mr. Miller - your post appears more of a rant than a position - i.e. the point is unclear? Are you trying to make a distinction between crime vs vice, or what's moral vs. legal? I'm looking forward to this meet-up and hearing what this is all about. Hopefully views that may dissent are tolerated :-)

    March 27, 2013

  • Bill

    Depends where.

    1 · March 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Don't link weed to aspirin, cocaine, heroin or any other man made drug, because God created weed. People abuse food, booze, their budget, and everything imaginable, but abusing those things isn't criminal. There's nothing criminal about weed.

    Don't keep falling for the witch hunt trap. That is how the hypocrites control citizens. The foundation for their control is "political correctness". The mechanism is done by media propaganda. The Federal law needs to be changed, not the NYC law. I beat a Federal weed case in 1992 after being held with no bond for 15 months. My car and cash was confiscated and never returned.

    March 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    There are 2 options for this group to decide. The only remedy to eliminate any criminal law is to elect Congress people who are committed to do that, or just keep whining. I have a political strategy that would elect people focused on justice. I would like an opportunity to present my strategy.

    The "movement" has failed. It is counterproductive to favor people who have glaucoma, etc. God created marijuana. Creating the criminal law was another ridiculous witch hunt famous by American crack pots. The crack pots need to be exposed and new representatives need to be elected. We can't depend on the hypocrites in congress to act rationally.

    1 · March 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    To top off the day we can have dinner at John's on 12th Street.

    March 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I recommend the time be earlier 2:00 PM in Washington Square Park. There we can attract many more people. The weather will be nice.

    March 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If we fail to nominate US Congressional candidates committed to abolishing the weed crime, then nothing will change. The medical weed strategy is stupid. Weed is not a crime, period.

    March 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've been hoping to find a group like this. I have chronic nerve pain around my left eye and want to help push the movement over the top so I can get the medication I feel works well.

    March 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Interested to learn about this group

    March 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    contingent on location and accessibility ....

    March 22, 2013

  • jhecht

    I'd love to attend if the location is convenient to the NYC subway.

    March 20, 2013

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