The Compassionate Use Act of 1996, Prop. 215, was the nation’s first law to re-legalize the personal use and cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes, leading to a national movement that now is legalizing adult recreational use and sales as well. This event will be held 25 years to the day after California voters approved Prop. 215 at the elegant General’s Residence at Fort Mason, San Francisco.
Speakers will include original sponsors, organizers, medical patients, attorneys and advocates of the Prop. 215 campaign, with memorials to those who have since passed away and to those patients, doctors and caregivers who have been arrested, harassed or imprisoned in the fight for their right to medical marijuana.
9 AM DOORS OPEN
10 AM – PROGRAM OPENS Welcome from A.G. Bonta (recording) and Senator Scott Wiener
10:15 AM – 11:30 AM – THE NEED ARISES: THE LEAD-UP TO PROP. 215 Cal NORML director Dale Gieringer – Moderator Recorded statement by Dennis Peron, proponent Prop 215; recognition of SF Cannabis Buyers Club with Jeff and Bryan Peron Anna Boyce, RN – former head of the CA Senior Legislature and Prop. 215 proponent Valerie Corral – founder of the Women’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana in Santa Cruz, now WAMM Phytotherapies Ross Mirkarimi – former SF Sheriff and Supervisor Tom Ammiano – former SF Supervisor and CA Assemblymember Rand Martin – Sen. John Vasconcellos’s staff
11:30 – 12:45 – TAKING IT TO THE STREETS: THE PROP. 215 CAMPAIGN Ethan Nadelmann, former director of the Drug Policy Alliance, podcaster at Psychoactive. Bill Zimmerman, Californians for Medical Rights George Zimmer, Men’s Wearhouse – Donor Dave Fratello, CMR campaign spokesman Jim Gonzalez, CMR Chris Conrad & Mikki Norris, volunteer petitioner coordinators
12:45 – 1:30 LUNCH BREAK
1:30 – 2:45 MEDICAL MARIJUANA PIONEERS: PATIENTS, DOCTORS, AND CAREGIVERS Fred Gardner – medical journalist; Society of Cannabis Clinicians; moderator Dr. Jeff Hergenrather – President, SCC Dr. Donald Abrams – Researcher Dr. Frank Lucido – MD Elvy Musikka – federal MMJ patient Joe Airone – Sweetleaf Collective Lynnette Shaw – Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana Paul Scott – Inglewood Patients Group; LA Black Gay Pride President
3:00 – 4:20 THE LEGAL STRUGGLE: ATTORNEYS, PLAINTIFFS AND PRISONERS Bill Panzer – Attorney and Prop 215 co-author, Moderator Dan Abrahamson, DPA – Conant lawsuit affirming doctors’ right to recommend cannabis Jeff Jones – Oakland Cannabis Buyers Club – Supreme Court Case Pebbles Trippet – plaintiff People v. Trippet affirming transportation rights Amy Povah – Prisoners of the Drug War Dale Schafer – Federal defendant Ed Rosenthal – Federal defendant & cultivation guru
4:45 – 5:45 LOOKING FORWARD:PROTECTING ACCESS, EQUITY, AND HUMAN RIGHTS Ellen Komp – Cal NORML Deputy Director – Moderator Ian Rassman – LA NORML; Compassion program Kandice Hawes-Lopez – OC NORML; FACES program Bram Goodwin – Brownie Mary Democratic Club, SF Amber Senter – MAKR House and Supernova Women Sean Kiernan – Weed for Warriors