LA CONFERENCE - MARIJUANA REFORM: NEXT STEPS FOR CALIFORNIA
March 19, 2011, 9AM -6 PM - Ricardo Montalban Theatre, Hollywood

Conference Schedule

9:45 AM: Opening: Legalization - Where We've Been and Where We're Going
Representatives of the drug reform movement discuss the aftermath of Prop. 19 and provide perspectives on the reform movement in California and our prospects over the next few years.

--Dale Gieringer, Cal NORML (Chair)
--Don Duncan, Americans for Safe Access
--Stephen Gutwillig, Drug Policy Alliance
--Dale Sky Jones, Oaksterdam University, Yes on 19
--Sarah Lovering, Marijuana Policy Project

11 AM: Follow-Up: Public Perspectives
Reflections from public figures on the state of marijuana laws in California.

-- Jim Beall, California State Assembly
-- John Duran, Mayor Pro Tem, West Hollywood
-- James Gray, Judge (retired)
-- Mark Kleiman, Professor, UCLA School of Public Affairs
-- John Longville, San Bernardino Community College District Board
-- Marcy Winograd, Teacher, Crenshaw HS; candidate for Congressional District 36.


12 NOON - Political Reality: What Will it Take to Win a Statewide Election?
Political, research, and messaging consultants share insights about the challenges of waging and winning initiative campaigns in California.

-- Dale Sky Jones, Oaksterdam U. (Chair)
-- Mauricio Garzon, Coordinator, Yes on 19
-- Dave Krute, Publisher, Voter Information Guide
-- Doug Linney, The Next Generation
-- Bill Zimmerman, Zimmerman & Markman

1:00 PM - Legal Panel
Attorneys discuss legal issues in framing the next marijuana reform legislation.

-- Chris Conrad (Chair)
-- Hanna Dershowitz, attorney, Prop 19 legal subcommittee
-- Matt Kumin, L.A. and S.F. attorney
-- Allison Margolin, L.A. attorney
-- Bill Panzer, Cal NORML Legal Chair
-- Robert Raich, Oakland attorney

2:15 PM - Movement Building: Expanding the Statewide Reform Coalition
Key allies from the growing marijuana reform movement address what it will take to build greater support from their communities and colleagues.

-- Stephen Gutwillig, Drug Policy Alliance (Chair)
-- Gretchen Burns Bergman, A New PATH (Parents for Addiction Treatment & Healing)
-- Diane Goldstein, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP)
-- Antonio Gonzalez, Latino Voters League
-- Dan Rush, United Food and Commercial Workers
-- Rev. Mary Moreno Richardson, California Church Impact

3:30 PM - Medical Marijuana Regulation: What's Next Statewide?
Medical marijuana advocates identify strategies to expand access and protect patients and providers once and for all.

-- Don Duncan, Americans for Safe Access (Chair)
-- Michael Backes, Cornerstone Collective
-- Yami Bolanos, Greater Los Angeles Collectives Alliance
-- Bill Britt, Association of Patient Advocates
-- Eugene Davidovich, San Diego ASA
-- Joanna LaForce, The Farmacy
-- Aaron Smith, National Cannabis Industry Association
-- Lanny Swerdlow, Marijuana Anti-Prohibition Project
-- Dr. Ted Thederahn, MEDEA Labs

5:00 PM - Perspectives & Proposals
Concluding comments and concerns on where we should go from here.

-- Tim Cavanaugh, Reason Foundation
-- Steve De Angelo, Harborside Collective
-- Michael Gray, Common Sense for Drug Policy
-- Cliff Schaffer, Schaffer Drug Library


5:45 PM WIND UP