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Great Legalization Debates of 2012 -- Round One

 

Printable PDF Poster: http://www.legalize2012.com/news/debates/debate.poster1.pdf

Great Legalization Debates of 2012 -- Round One Join Us in Shaping Cannabis Policy for the 21st Century Wed., June 22, 2011 6:30pm

Casselman's Bar and Venue, 2620 Walnut, Denver, CO

Free and Open to the Public

Moderated by Patricia Calhoun of Westword

Several Colorado groups are interested in putting a citizen's initiative on the ballot in 2012 to amend the state Constitution to "legalize" cannabis, but what does "legalization" really mean? Can all these groups work together to create true legalization based on cannabis freedom? In attempt to find unity among these groups, Legalize2012.com has organized the "Great Legalization Debates of 2012". The goal of the debates is to discuss ideas, policy and strategy on what will work best to protect Colorado cannabis consumers from arrest, prosecution and discrimination. Colorado is a model for the rest of the country, yet we don't have a clear idea of what is the best cannabis law for the state.

Participants:

  • Legalize2012.com: The Cannabis and Hemp Relegalization Act
  • Paul Danish, former Boulder County Commissioner and Boulder City Councilman: The Danish Plan
  • Rev. Brandon Baker of the Greenfaith Ministry: The Homebrew Model
  • Mason Tvert, MPP/DPA/Sensible/SAFER: The DOR/Law Enforcement/Oligopoly Model
  • Kathleen Chippi, Patient and Caregiver Rights Litigation Project: The "Inalienable Right" model. Amend Article 2, Section 3 of the Colorado Constitution
  • Corey Donahue, Crazy for Justice: Free Colorado Cannabis Act
  • Rico Colibri, C.A.R.E.

With increasing public support for legalization, the question is not when cannabis will be re-legalized, but how it will be re-legalized. Cannabis hasn't been legal in Colorado for all adults since 1937. Will Colorado's new legalization look like it did in the early 1900s, or will it look like something new in the 21st Century? Now is the time for a Cannabis Constitutional Convention, so we can all get together and discuss the future of cannabis in Colorado.

Join us in this lively and friendly debate amongst legalization supporters to determine the best path for a Colorado citizen's ballot initiative to amend the Constitution in 2012. The MPP/DPA/SAFER/Sensible alliance has already filed their initiative, and the language cannot be changed. So their participation in the debate is not to find unity, but to explain the language that was crafted largely by out-of-state lobbyists (Steve Fox from Marijuana Policy Project in Washington, D.C was the main co-author) to give the Department of Revenue law enforcement division sweeping powers over all cannabis in Colorado. The other groups plan on working together through the fall to come up with ballot initiative language that has a broad base of support in the state, and will be taking public input on the language for several months after this debate.

MODERATED BY PATRICIA CALHOUN OF WESTWORD Patricia Calhoun, editor of Westword, Denver's alternative weekly newspaper, has agreed to moderate the debate. Calhoun has hosted many political debates in her long career covering Colorado politics. Westword has covered Colorado cannabis politics extensively, so Calhoun will be the perfect unbiased referee to what is sure to be a heated discussion.

VENDORS WANTED

http://www.legalize2012.com/vendors.html

The Great Legalization Debates of 2012 are sponsored by:

Legalize2012.com
"Take the Greed Out of the Weed"
P.O. Box 19084, Boulder, CO 80308
Phone: 877-420-4205
Web: http://www.Legalize2012.com

Date: 
Wed, 06/22/2011 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: 
2620 Walnut Street
Denver, CO 80205
United States

Summer SSDP Camping Trip

 

Come join fellow activist-students from across the east coast as we enjoy a weekend of camping, friends and fun in a beautiful and friendly campground.
This year’s retreat will take place July 22 – 24, 2010.  We will be returning to Cedar Rapids Campground in Barryville, NY.  (They are excited to have us back for the third year in a row!)

Just 90 minutes from New York City and 4 hours from Boston and Washington, DC, Cedar Rapids is a beautiful, privately owned campground along the banks of the Delaware River in Lower New York State.

Amenities:
• Full-service bar and restaurant on site. (They sell cases of beer, or BYOB.)
• Campfires are allowed. (Wood sold on site, or bring your own.)
• Secluded riverside camping.
• Showers and real toilets available.
• Weekend fishing licenses available.

Cost:
Camping registration fee per person: $55/weekend -- or -- $25/single night 
* Special early bird rate for two nights is available for $35.00 until June 20, 2011 **
** UPDATE: Early bird deadline has been extended! Rate will increase from $35.00 to $55.00 after 
Monday, June 20th 

(Optional) Rafting:  $35/person in a raft or double kayak/canoe -- or -- $40/person in a single kayak/canoe
The raft price includes a spot on an 8-person boat with a cooler on-board. They drive us up the river and we slowly cruise back to the campsite on mild class II rapids.

Rafting fee may be paid on-site the day of the trip.  CASH ONLY.

You must RSVP with your camping fee paid in full by 5:00pm EST, Wednesday July 13th to reserve your spot.

Contact Victor Pinho or Stacia Cosner with any questions.

Event Location

Cedar Rapids Campground
Barryville, NY 12719

Directions

Cedar Rapids Kayak & Canoe Outfitters at Cedar Rapids Inn is located 18 miles north of Port Jervis, New York on Route 97N.

Map

Date: 
Fri, 07/22/2011 - 12:00pm - Sun, 07/24/2011 - 12:00pm
Location: 
Route 97 North
Barryville, NY 12719
United States

2011 International Drug Policy Reform Conference

The International Drug Policy Reform Conference is a biennial event that brings together people from around the world who believe that the war on drugs is doing more harm than good. It brings together over 1,000 attendees representing 30 different countries. The 2011 Reform Conference is taking place in Los Angeles, California from Wednesday, November 2 through Saturday, November 5 at The Westin Bonaventure.

Visit http://www.reformconference.org for further information -- registration info is available here and scholarship info (due date June 30th!) is online here. Organizations interested in being involved with the conference can find information on sponsoring, exhibiting or partnering here.

This year attendees will have the opportunity to spend three days interacting with people committed to finding alternatives to the war on drugs while participating in sessions given by leading experts from around the world. Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of this event.

Here are what some attendees had to say about the 2009 conference:

"You leave the conference inspired and informed. Meeting this crowd of wise, energetic kindred spirits recharges your reform batteries."
--Michael Jourdan, Centre of Alcohol and Drug Research, Copenhagen, Denmark

"This is the only conference that combines X-treme intelligence, passion, and practical applications. It is the best I ever attend."
--Patt Denning, Harm Reduction Therapy Center, San Francisco, California

"A living breathing think tank of like minds, crafting out solutions that keep people's dignity and human rights intact."
--Waheedah Sahabzz-El, Community HIV / AIDS Mobilization Project, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

"This conference provided a new beginning for me, I now have a true passion for DPR."
--Susanne Widmer, Albuquerque, New Mexico

"The Reform Conference gave me the courage to return to my Canadian community and give voice to the common sense of Drug Policy Reform. The experience provided me with the evidence, language and tools to be a credible, educated leader in changing the way we approach the issue of substance use in our community."
--Patty Hajdu, Thunder Bay District Health Unit, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

Date: 
Wed, 11/02/2011 - 6:00pm - Sat, 11/05/2011 - 5:15pm
Location: 
404 South Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90071
United States

DC Screening of "Exile Nation"

 

The Exile Nation Project (D.C. Screening)

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=190319604347936

Time: Wednesday, June 8 · 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Location: Busboys and Poets, 5th & K NW

Go here for tickets: http://enpdc.eventbrite.com/

openDemocracy & The Tedworth Charitable Trust
...in association with Exile Nation Media...

present

The Exile Nation Project:
An Oral History of the War on Drugs & the American Criminal Justice System

a film by Charles Shaw

Please join us at Busboys & Poets for a screening of The Exile Nation Project. There will be a reception preceding the screening and Q & A to follow with the Director and Eric Sterling (Criminal Justice Policy Foundation), Sanho Tree (Institute for Policy Studies) and others TBA. Hosted by openDemocracy, the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation, the Institute for Policy Studies, the Marijuana Policy Project, and the Drug Policy Alliance.
 
June 8, 2011
5:30pm Doors, 6:00pm Screening

Busboys & Poets
5th & K
Washington, D.C.

Visit us on Facebook:
http://on.fb.me/fsvWVy

A limited number of tickets will be available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis, but seating is limited, so advance purchase is recommended:

Recommended Donation: $30 - $10 (sliding scale)
Your donation helps to pay for the space and travel expenses.

View the trailer:
http://bit.ly/9AJbYE

About the project:

The Land of the Free punishes or imprisons more of its citizens than any other country. This collection of testimonials from criminal offenders, family members, and experts on America’s criminal justice system puts a human face on the millions of Americans subjugated by the US Government's 40 year, one trillion dollar social catastrophe: The War on Drugs; a failed policy underscored by fear, politics, racial prejudice and intolerance in a public atmosphere of "out of sight, out of mind."

The United States has only 5% of the world's population, yet a full 25% of the world's prisoners. At 2.5 million, the US has more prisoners than China. 8 million more languish under some form of state monitoring (1 in every 31 Americans). On top of that, the security and livelihood of over 13 million more has forever been altered by a felony conviction. The American use of punishment is so pervasive and so disproportionate that The Economist magazine declared in 2010, "Never in the civilized world have so many been locked up for so little."

The Exile Nation Project is not just one film - it’s an online archive of interviews, short films, and other features that will grow over the next two years. Our foundation grant got us off the ground and helped us make the first film, but we need to raise $7,000 by the end of May so that we can hold screenings in cities and Universities across the U.S. this year, as well as allow us to continue the process of collecting the testimonies that are the heart and soul of the Exile Nation Project.

Please make a donation to our Kickstarter campaign: http://kck.st/dVKDLD
Every little bit helps get the word out to more people.

When the stories hit home, people get involved, and policy can finally begin to change. It is our greatest hope that once these voices find a broader audience, people of the US will feel compelled to pressure the government to change these unfair policies and end the era of prohibition and mass incarceration.

Date: 
Wed, 06/08/2011 - 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: 
1025 5th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
United States

9th National Conference on Drug Policy

Next July 5 in the auditorium of the Chamber of Representatives of the Nation the ninth National Conference on Drug Policy will take place, organized by Intercambios Civil Association, which each year summons experts, social organizations, work teams and public officials involved with drug related problems.

In a year marked by the electoral agenda and with strong claims for the modification of the National Law of Narcotic Drugs 23,737, the 9th National Conference on Drug Policy will concentrate on the health care services and on the unresolved legislative reforms in order to take away from the criminal field, the situations linked to problematic drug use.

More information at: www.conferenciadrogas2011.wordpress.com.

Date: 
Tue, 07/05/2011 - 9:00am - 6:00pm
Location: 
1853 Rivadavia Avenue
Buenos Aires
Argentina

Drug Policy Alliance 2011 Grants Program LOI Deadline

The Drug Policy Alliance will have approximately $750,000 to allocate during the 2011/2012 Promoting Policy Change grant cycle. Promoting Policy Change is a fund that has a two tier application process. We require an LOI to initiate the relationship, and thereafter, a proposal from those invited to apply. The deadline for the LOI is is Friday, April 29 at midnight EST.

The LOI should include a single page that includes your organizational name and all contact information; if you are a 501(c)(3); what the mission of your organization is; and what the specific goals and deliverables you propose are. If you are invited to apply, you will be notified on or about May 15th, and the deadline for proposals requested is June 20, 2011 at 8:00pm EST. Through the annual Promoting Policy Change grant cycle -- which does not accept unsolicited proposals -- we seek to broaden public support for drug policy reform and will fund invited organizations who have continually demonstrated strategic and innovative approaches to increase such support.

We invite proposals designed to:

  • Educate the public and policymakers about the negative consequences of current local, state or national drug policies.
  • Promote better awareness and understanding of alternatives to current drug policies.
  • Broaden awareness and understanding of the extent to which punitive prohibitionist policies are responsible for most drug-related problems around the country.

The program provides both general operating support and project specific grants. All grantmaking is directed at organizations working within the United States, with particular emphasis on state-based activity. Strategic, geographic or thematic collaborations are strongly encouraged. Generally, the cap on grants awarded during the Promoting Policy Change cycle is $50,000, although most grants average between $15,000 and $25,000.

The Program will make grants to organizations that have been invited to apply and who demonstrate a clear ability and commitment to educate the public about the need for broad drug policy reform. Priorities for this grants program include organizations focused on one or more of the following:

  • Public education campaigns and litigation to raise awareness of the negative consequences of current local, state and national drug policies.
  • Organizing and constituency mobilization efforts which raise awareness about the negative consequences of local, state or national drug policies.

We define important public education efforts as those that speak to:

  1. the failures and consequences of drug polices in the United States and the possible benefits of policy alternatives to criminal prohibition;
  2. the reduction of the reliance on the criminal justice system by raising awareness of the need for alternatives to incarceration and/or a more health-based approach to drug use;
  3. discrimination in employment, housing, student loans and other benefits against those who use drugs or who have been convicted of drug offenses;
  4. the negative consequences of current drug policies on human rights; and
  5. efforts that mobilize people to organize and demonstrate around the disproportionate impact on communities of color and youth.

Decisions are made in mid to late September. No early decisions are ever made. LOIs should be mailed to both asha bandele and Teresa Bonomo at [email protected], and [email protected]. Visit http://www.drugpolicy.org/about-us/advocacy-grants-program for further information.<!--break-->

Drug Policy Alliance 2011 Grants Program LOI Deadline

The Drug Policy Alliance will have approximately $750,000 to allocate during the 2011/2012 Promoting Policy Change grant cycle. Promoting Policy Change is a fund that has a two tier application process. We require an LOI to initiate the relationship, and thereafter, a proposal from those invited to apply. The deadline for the LOI is is Friday, April 29 at midnight EST.

candlelight vigil, 2009 DPA conference, Albuquerque
The LOI should include a single page that includes your organizational name and all contact information; if you are a 501(c)(3); what the mission of your organization is; and what the specific goals and deliverables you propose are. If you are invited to apply, you will be notified on or about May 15th, and the deadline for proposals requested is June 20, 2011 at 8:00pm EST. Through the annual Promoting Policy Change grant cycle -- which does not accept unsolicited proposals -- we seek to broaden public support for drug policy reform and will fund invited organizations who have continually demonstrated strategic and innovative approaches to increase such support.

We invite proposals designed to:

  • Educate the public and policymakers about the negative consequences of current local, state or national drug policies.
  • Promote better awareness and understanding of alternatives to current drug policies.
  • Broaden awareness and understanding of the extent to which punitive prohibitionist policies are responsible for most drug-related problems around the country.

The program provides both general operating support and project specific grants. All grantmaking is directed at organizations working within the United States, with particular emphasis on state-based activity. Strategic, geographic or thematic collaborations are strongly encouraged. Generally, the cap on grants awarded during the Promoting Policy Change cycle is $50,000, although most grants average between $15,000 and $25,000.

The Program will make grants to organizations that have been invited to apply and who demonstrate a clear ability and commitment to educate the public about the need for broad drug policy reform. Priorities for this grants program include organizations focused on one or more of the following:

  • Public education campaigns and litigation to raise awareness of the negative consequences of current local, state and national drug policies.
  • Organizing and constituency mobilization efforts which raise awareness about the negative consequences of local, state or national drug policies.

We define important public education efforts as those that speak to:

  1. the failures and consequences of drug polices in the United States and the possible benefits of policy alternatives to criminal prohibition;
  2. the reduction of the reliance on the criminal justice system by raising awareness of the need for alternatives to incarceration and/or a more health-based approach to drug use;
  3. discrimination in employment, housing, student loans and other benefits against those who use drugs or who have been convicted of drug offenses;
  4. the negative consequences of current drug policies on human rights; and
  5. efforts that mobilize people to organize and demonstrate around the disproportionate impact on communities of color and youth.

Decisions are made in mid to late September. No early decisions are ever made. LOIs should be mailed to both asha bandele and Teresa Bonomo at [email protected], and [email protected]. Visit http://www.drugpolicy.org/about-us/advocacy-grants-program for further information.

DC: Mayor to Implement Medical Marijuana

 

DC: Mayor to implement medical marijuana

Thanks to everyone who took action on our alert and contacted the mayor’s office!

Dear friends:

We did it! Mayor Vince Gray announced today that the District will be implementing its medical marijuana program. The calls you made and the emails you sent in response to last week’s alert no doubt played a role in today’s announcement and helped illustrate the power of getting involved with local government.

The final regulations are scheduled to be included in the April 15 issue of the DC Register. Shortly thereafter, those interested in opening one of the five dispensaries and 10 cultivation centers in the District will be able to submit applications to the Department of Health. Seriously ill patients whose doctors recommend marijuana will also be able to send in their applications to become registered patients, although they will not be able to legally possess marijuana unless it was purchased from a licensed dispensary.

MPP, with your support, has been fighting for years to see this law take effect. Thanks to the District of Columbia Patients’ Cooperative, and to everyone who took the time to reach out to the mayor’s office, and congratulations to the patients who have waited all too long for this day. It’s been a pleasure working by your sides to make sure patients will finally be protected in the District.

Sincerely,

Dan Riffle
Legislative Analyst
Marijuana Policy Project

Location: 
Washington, DC
United States

New Directions New Jersey: A Public Safety and Health Approach to Drug Policy

The New Directions New Jersey conference will examine the decades-old ramifications of President Nixon’s declaration of the “war on drugs” in urban communities like Newark.

Drug policy experts from across the country and around the globe will discuss topics including: reducing crime and incarceration, effectively addressing addiction, treating drug use as a health issue, communities of color and the war on drugs, and drug policy lessons and models from abroad.

When asked about the war on drugs on the campaign trail, President Barack Obama said, “I believe in shifting the paradigm, shifting the model, so that we focus more on a public health approach [to drugs].” Polls show the American people agree. President Obama’s drug czar, Gil Kerlikowske, told the Wall Street Journal last year that he doesn’t like the term “war on drugs” because “[w]e’re not at war with people in this country.” Yet for the tens of millions of Americans who have been arrested and incarcerated for a drug offense, U.S. drug policy is a war on them—and their families. What exactly is a public health approach to drugs? What might truly ending the war on drugs look like?  This conference will serve as a model for those looking for new directions and strategies for ending the war on drugs.

“We see the impact of the ‘drug war’ first hand, where so many people are incarcerated for being economically disadvantaged by the disappearance of work,” says Bethany Baptist Church pastor, Reverend William Howard.  “Afterwards, they are virtually permanently barred from the legal workforce for the rest of their lives. We must take our stand against the destructive scourge of drug abuse and trafficking by developing new, sensible strategies that solve more problems than they create.”

The conference will be guided by four principles:

  • The war on drugs has failed and it is time for a new approach to drug policy.
  • Effective drug policy balances prevention, harm reduction, treatment and public safety.
  • Alcohol and other drug use is fundamentally a health issue and must be addressed as such.
  • Drug policies must be based on science, compassion, health and human rights.

Panel members and conference speakers include:

·         Rev. Dr. M. William Howard, Jr., pastor, Bethany Baptist Church

·         Ethan Nadelmann,executive director, Drug Policy Alliance

·         Paula T. Dow, New Jersey Attorney General

·         Garry F. McCarthy, police director, City of Newark

·         Michelle Alexander, Esq., associate professor, Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity; Author, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

·         Beny Primm, MD, executive director, Addiction, Research and Treatment Corporation, Brooklyn, New York

·         Todd Clear, dean, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University

·         Donald MacPherson, former drug policy coordinator, City of Vancouver

·         Alex Stevens, professor of Criminal Justice, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, University of Kent, Chatham, UK

·         Stephanie Bush-Baskette, Esq., Author and Director of the Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies at Rutgers University

·         Deborah Peterson Small, Founder and Executive Director, Break the Chains: Communities of Color & the War on Drugs

For a full list of panel members, go to: http://www.drugpolicy.org/docUploads/DPA_New_Directions_NJ_final_prog_REFERENCE.pdf

Please RSVP to: [email protected]

Date: 
Sat, 03/19/2011 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
Location: 
275 West Market Street Bethany Baptist Church
Newark, NJ 07103
United States

St. Patrick's Day Marijuana Policy Reform Rally and Press Conference

The Empire State NORML (the New York State chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML)) will remind New Yorkers that marijuana is a safer alternative to alcohol for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

“While scores of New Yorkers are out getting hammered, we want to remind the Big Apple that there is a safer, greener and cleaner choice for adults: marijuana,” said Doug Greene, Legislative Director of Empire State NORML, who organized the event for the first time in 2010.

“In an era of budget cuts and worsening public health, why is the Bloomberg administration driving New Yorkers to drink while spending tens of millions of dollars per year arresting peaceful, healthy cannabis consumers? New York City made over 50,000 marijuana possession arrests last year alone, and over 500,000 since 1996,” said Greene.

Marijuana arrests are 15% of all arrests in New York City. The NYPD is now jailing people for marijuana possession at the rate of nearly 1,000 arrests a week. With 2.7% of the U.S. population, New York City represents 6% of nationwide marijuana arrests.

Greene was first inspired to organize “Marijuana is SAFER” events after reading the book of the same name (subtitled “So Why Are We Driving People to Drink?), co-authored by Paul Armentano, the Deputy Director of NORML, by Mason Tvert, Executive Director of SAFER (Safer Alternative for Enjoyable Recreation) and by Steve Fox, Director of State Campaigns for the Marijuana Policy Project.Speakers include:

· Dr. Julie Holland, a nationally recognized authority on drugs and drug safety, who has appeared multiple times on Today. She is the author of “Weekends at Bellevue” (which may be coming to TV on Fox this fall ) and editor of “The Pot Book: A Complete Guide to Cannabis” and “Ecstasy: The Complete Guide.”

· Dr. Harry Levine, Professor of Sociology at CUNY Queens College, the co–author of the NYCLU report “Marijuana Arrest Crusade: Racial Bias and Police Policy in New York City, 1997-2007.” He is also the co–author of a new report on the costs of New York City’s marijuana arrests, which will be released on March 15 by the Drug Policy Alliance.

· Tony Newman, Director of Media Relations for the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), the nation’s leading organization calling for alternatives to the drug war and policies based on science, compassion, health, and human rights.

· Daniel Jabbour, New York State Coordinator for Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), an international grassroots network of students who are concerned about the impact drug abuse has on our communities, but who also know that the War on Drugs is failing our generation and our society.

· Chris Goldstein, Board Member, NORML-NJ/Coalition for Medical Marijuana-NJ (CMM-NJ). Chris is a radio broadcaster and marijuana advocate. Chris is considered an expert on the topic of marijuana and can comment on New Jersey and national issues regarding cannabis.

Date: 
Thu, 03/17/2011 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: 
Broadway between Park Place and Barclay (east side) City Hall Park
New York, NY 10007
United States

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