Southern Cannabis Reform Conference
Robert Platshorn- The Silver Tour and "Should Grandma Smoke Pot?"
He lives in Florida with his wife Lynne. He works for Medical Marijuana, collecting signatures for a Florida ballot initiative sponsored by PUFMM and NORML. He has appeared at Universities, Concerts, benefits, Expos and in the media to promote the cause, tell his story, and sign copies of his autobiography, Black Tuna Diaries.
Learn more: http://www.blacktunadiaries.com
Ron Crumpton, Alabama Medical Marijuana Coalition
Ron Crumpton, A.M.M.C. Co-President/Executive Director- Mr. Crumpton is a 44-year-old father of one. He suffers from Spinal Stenosis because of injuries he received while serving in the United States Navy. Doctors treated his condition with high levels of Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs), which caused the perforation of his ulcers requiring two surgeries. Five years later, he had to have 40% of his stomach removed.
has experience with lobbying the Alabama Legislature. He has
testified to the joint hearing of the senate and house judiciary
committees on sentencing reform, and he speaks with members of both
houses of the legislature on a regular basis. Ron is an advocate, not
just for medical marijuana patients; he is an advocate for all
Adrian Bernal, The Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity
Adrian Bernal moved to Georgia from Texas over 20 years ago, most of that time he has worked in the media, on both the international and local markets.
This year Adrian was the point person for the Caravan for Peace and Justice with Dignity. The logistical endeavor which he undertook, ran smoothly throughout. 105 people on two buses on a 24 city tour - for one month; final destination Washington D.C.
Caravan’s message, was delivered by Javier Sicilia, a renowned
Mexican Poet, whose own son was one of the 60,000 killed in the last
five years in Mexico. To address the problem of the war on drugs you
have to look at money laundering, arms trafficking, drug policy, U.S.
security and U.S. foreign aid.
Chris Butts, Alabama Medical Marijuana Assoc.
Rebecca Forbes, American Cannabis Coalition
Sabrina Fendrick, founder and director of NORML Women's Alliance, will be joining us in Atlanta.
Fendrick is the founder and director of the NORML Women's Alliance
(established in 2010 as a project of the NORML Foundation). She came
to NORML in 2008 and currently works out of NORML's DC headquarters
organizing female focused campaigns and fundraisers, as well as
managing a large database of female volunteers. Fendrick has been
quoted in several national and international news publications
including the Associated Press and the London Times. She has been a
guest on several radio programs, been interviewed by local TV news
affiliates, and spoken at various drug reform conferences on the
issue of women and marijuana.
Fendrick speaks regularly with student groups, and has testified in front of both the Maryland and Virginia state legislatures in support of marijuana reform bills. She established NORML's social networking presence, including their Facebook page which currently boasts over 430,000 supporters. She is also the chapter outreach coordinator for the southeastern and western regions of the country. Sabrina Fendrick is a member of the Students for Sensible Drug Policy's Advisory Council, as well as a member of the Advisory Board for MarijuanaMajority.com.
Walker Chandler is a nationally recognized trial lawyer and is one of the few attorneys in the State of Georgia with a personal victory in the United States Supreme Court. Over the past 35 years, Walker has built his practice through hard work and compassionate representation of Georgia’s injured and others with a variety of legal problems.
Ravert is a wife, mother of two recent college graduates and activist
for marijuana law reform. She joined the quest to End Prohibition of
Marijuana after her family was adversely affected by our drug war.
She soon realized that the harm of marijuana come from the justice
given from a judge and the scarlet letter you must wear for something
a majority of Americans think should be legal.
She is the Executive Director for Peachtree NORML, NORML Women's Alliance member, Public Relations, Moms for Marijuana and sits on the Advisory Board of The Georgia CARE Project.
Jamie Haase,Greenville, S.C. L.E.A.P. speaker, a former Special Agent, Immigration and Customs Enforcement will be joining us in Atlanta with his special insight into our failed War on Drugs.
Jamie Haase with his former employer investigated and prosecuted crimes including human trafficking, narcotics smuggling, and money laundering. Before that, he served as a U.S. Customs Inspector where his primary responsibilities included reviewing manifests, targeting shipments, and inspecting foreign arriving vessels and cargo for suspected contraband. He was involved in multiple narcotics seizures, most of which involved cocaine stashed aboard vessels that had transshipped through the Panama Canal. Throughout 2008 and 2009, he was stationed along the border in Laredo, Texas, working on a taskforce where he investigated several drug cases and seized thousands of pounds of marijuana. He also assisted in multiple investigations involving money and guns being smuggled from the U.S. into Mexico.
It is completely unacceptable that the drug laws of the United States are to blame for so much death, Jamie says. I think I have always been against prohibition because of the inevitability of the laws of supply and demand, he explains, but it was my experience working on the border as a criminal investigator for ICE that fully opened my eyes regarding the horror that these futile drug laws cause. I believe that law enforcement officers, particularly those along the southwest border, are in more danger now than ever as a result of prohibition. As the Mexican government continues to engage the cartels, the grave consequences of the nation’s hushed illicit drug industry are coming to light. And as each new generation becomes more desensitized to constant shootouts and killings, law enforcement will be at ever greater risk.
Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Commander, Redondo Beach Police
Department (Ret.) "Prohibition is unwise fiscal policy.
Education and treatment would be far more effective."
With more than 20 years in law enforcement, Diane Goldstein has made numerous arrests as a longtime foot soldier of the war on drugs. After joining the Redondo Beach Police Department in 1983, she rose from a Patrol Officer and School Resource Officer to Sergeant in the Special Investigations Unit, finally retiring as a Lieutenant Commander in 2004. During her time on the frontlines, her perspective on the war on drugs shifted gradually to strong opposition. It was a change forged not only through her professional experience, but by the wrenching personal impact of having a vulnerable family member become a casualty of this war:
Diane joined LEAP as a result of her own experiences and what she read in LEAP speaker Judge James Gray's book, Why Our Drug Laws Have Failed And What We Can Do About It: A Judicial Indictment of the War on Drugs. As she puts it, our nation's program of drug prohibition is fiscally unsound and fundamentally unjust.
Russ Belville Show is professional talk radio by, for, and about the
The Russ Belville Show is hosted by the national winner of The Search for the Next Great Progressive Talk Radio Star, Radical Russ Belville. Russ was the host of a show with the same name on XM Satellite from 2007-2009 before taking the mic for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).
Beginning with the NORML Daily Audio Stash’s 45-minute pre-recorded podcast, Russ expanded the outreach of NORML into live digital media. The podcast became the one-hour NORML SHOW LIVE, streamed live every weekday for a dedicated audience of up to 5,000 live viewers and 10,000 podcast downloaders. Soon Russ added new live shows and brought on recorded podcasts from all around the world on the issue of marijuana law reform to form The NORML Network, the web’s first 24-hour live streaming network dedicated to cannabis community issues.
Now Russ is hosting The Russ Belville Show with the same intense passion and dedication, but broadening to the outreach to promote all aspects of drug law reform activism and live events for the cannabis community
Junkin, Assistant Director of Moms for Marijuana International
is Moms for Marijuana International Assistant to the Founding
Director and Maryland Moms for Marijuana's Chapter Leader. Moms For
Marijuana is a non-profit raising awareness, promoting education, and
creating discussion about the cannabis plant. She is a professional,
educated, intelligent, hard working, hard loving, medical cannabis
using, Mom, Grand-mom, Superwoman and self proclaimed Queen of her
castle. She also sits on the board of directors for Overgrow The
Mrs. Junkin will be escorting the Moms for Marijuana Cannabis Quilt and Unity Panel to the South.
BELIEVE in Cannabis as a medicine, as a recreational choice that is
safer than alcohol, and as a renewable, versatile, sustainable
resource! We need to stop LYING to our children and explore this
plant for the benefit of future generations! I am passionately doing
my part to promote education, awareness,and discussion about the
benefits of the cannabis plant."