A Celebration of Personal Freedom

A Celebration of Personal Freedom
Posted by FoM on April 17, 2002 at 09:38:22 PT
NORML Conference 2002 - April 18-20, 2002
Source: NORML
The 2002 NORML Conference, entitled "4/20 - A Celebration of Personal Freedom," will be held in San Francisco, CA at the Crowne Plaza Union Square Hotel on April 18-20, 2002. Featured speakers for the conference include San Francisco District Attorney Terence Hallinan; California State Senator John Vasconcellos; legendary criminal defense attorney Tony Serra; NORML Foundation Chair John P. Morgan, M.D.; Cato Institute Executive Vice-President David Boaz; and Lindesmith Center-Drug Policy Foundation Director Ethan Nadelmann. 
There is nothing wrong with the responsible use of marijuana by adults, and it should be of no interest or concern to the government. Said another way, the responsible use of marijuana is NORML. That premise underlies the 2002 NORML Conference. Once again we have scheduled the conference to coincide with "4/20," that date that has become associated in the popular culture as a special day for marijuana smokers -- sort of what "It's Miller time" has become to beer drinkers. We hope to build on that tradition and encourage supporters from across the country to join us in San Francisco as a way to celebrate 4/20. Please mark your calendar now and join us for our annual political conference. We welcome all who are interested in reforming marijuana policy and urge those who are committed to ending marijuana prohibition to make a special effort to attend. This is our best opportunity each year to meet and network with allies from across the country and prepare for the year ahead.Registration is currently closed. Agenda: Requests: Ad - Pictures & Articles, Bill Maher at NORML Conference NORML Articles
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on April 18, 2002 at 18:32:04 PT
San Francisco Chronicle Article On Conference
Marijuana Advocates Cheer on Hallinan 
D.A. calls pot good medicine, part of religious experience 
Steve Rubenstein, Chronicle Staff Writer
Thursday, April 18, 2002 
Copyright: 2002 San Francisco Chronicle Page A - 7
San Francisco District Attorney Terence Hallinan, preaching to the choir, told 200 marijuana advocates this morning that marijuana is not only good medicine but "unquestionably part of religious experience." 
The chief law enforcement officer of San Francisco said "thousands of people are being locked up for their religious beliefs" for smoking marijuana. 
In a half-hour address to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, Hallinan said prosecution for marijuana possession makes no sense and reiterated his policy opposing prison sentences for any marijuana conviction. Complete Article:
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on April 18, 2002 at 09:44:06 PT
Link to Video or Audio?
I keep checking to see where a video or audio would be and can't find anything. Please post a link to the conference if someone finds one.Thanks!
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Comment #2 posted by qqqq on April 18, 2002 at 08:26:38 PT
..Yes!,,Let's Celebrate Personal Freedom!..Yay!
...(...Just so you know,,I am kinda embarassed about being so bitterly sardonic in my comments..I mean no harm , and I want to issue a blanket apology to anyone who is somehow offended by my irreverent,,disrespectful ,hereticular ,blasphemously,mispelled verbose , falsely literate slathering slanderings!...Please,,beware of taking me seriously.... just pick out the stuff you like,,and dont lety the stuff that offends you,ruin the 'fun(?)",,)...
...I dont know about this "A Celebration of Personal Freedom" concept...?..It may be the "positive" way of naming this conference,,,but I'm afraid I dont really understand why they called it "A Celebration of Personal Freedom". .. .If I was asked to come up with a title for this gig,,I would have suggested something like;"Hail the DEA government overlord fuhrer krystalnacht crushing of freedom"....,,or,, ,.,"Bend Over and Celebrate United We Stand Defense Budget"......I dont see any reason to "celebrate",,unless you are some kinda blind Sheeple person,,who is completely happy about being able to pursue a personal Wool Growing business???!!!
..nope,,,I'm sorry,,,but I dont think the "A Celebration of Personal Freedom" concept works for me!,,,If you've ever seen Ren and Stimpy,,and heard the "Happy,Happy,,Joy,,Joy", song,,?..............
..I guess it seems kinda like Al Bundy at "A Celebration Of Good Shoe Sales".....
..NORML,,,what a bunch of anal retentive wimps!...I was proud to see them belittle the mayor of NY in a public ad ,but I think they should hire a bitter old radical like me to spice up the movement!.. I'll work for free providing that do not violate the 'Donation Clause' ,in my contract!
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Comment #1 posted by E_Johnson on April 17, 2002 at 11:58:38 PT
Personal freedom, what was that?
Wasn't that something people use to believe in back during the Cold War, way back in the old days when the Soviet Union was seen as being evil because the government didn't allow any personal freedom?
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