NORML's Weekly News Bulletin - October 23, 2008

NORML's Weekly News Bulletin - October 23, 2008
Posted by CN Staff on October 23, 2008 at 10:27:43 PT
Weekly Press Release
Source: NORML
 37th Annual NORML Conference Draws Record Crowd October 23, 2008 - Washington, DCWashington, DC: More than 550 marijuana law reform activists attended NORML's 37th annual conference in Berkeley, California - making it one of the best attended gatherings in the organization's history.
“NORML's 2008 annual conference drew attendees from all walks of life and from all facets of the cannabis community,” NORML Executive Director Allen St. Pierre said. “Cannabis-friendly politicians, clinicians, physicians, their patients and their providers, professional reformers and grassroots activists, attorneys, and those who apply their trade in California's growing 'cannabusiness' industries were all represented in record numbers. From the conference's unique program and highly touted speakers to the weekend's unforgettable social events, there's no doubt that this was one of NORML's most successful conferences in our 38-year history.”Select panels and presentation from this year's conference are available at NORML's youtube channel here. Photos from this year's conference and 'after-hours' events are available here. For the millions of cannabis consumers and medicinal patients who couldn't attend the conference, NORML will soon release a 2008 conference DVD series.NORML's staff and Board of Directors wishes to express their sincere thanks and appreciation to everyone who attended the 37th Annual NORML National Conference!DL: Kingdom: First-Time Pot Smokers Will Still Receive Warnings Despite ReclassificationOctober 23, 2008 - London, United KingdomLondon, United Kingdom: First-time pot possession offenders will continue to receive a verbal warning from police despite new law enforcement guidelines set to take effect next year. The guidelines follow a May 2008 decision by Home Secretary Jacqui Smith to reclassify cannabis as a Class B drug under British law. The new rules are scheduled to take effect on January 26, 2009.Under the forthcoming policy, cannabis offenders will receive a verbal warning for their first offense and a spot fine for their second infraction. Third-time offenders face arrest and jail time. Cannabis has been classified as a Class C 'soft drug' in Britain since 2004. Since that time, marijuana use by young people age 16 to 24 has fallen approximately 20 percent. According to statistics published by the British Home Office last year, only eight percent of Britons now report using cannabis, the lowest percentage ever recorded by the agency. Despite the pending change to pot's legal status, it is unlikely that minor marijuana offenders will face arrest - even for their third offense. According to news reports, the Home Office will not document verbal warnings in a national database, making it difficult for police to know whether a defendant is facing their first, second, or third offense.For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director, at (202) 483-5500, or Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director. DL: NORML Foundation (DC)Published: October 23, 2008Copyright: 2008 NORML Contact: norml Website: NORML Archives 
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Comment #3 posted by potpal on October 23, 2008 at 11:47:00 PT
High court takes on cannabis...just put it out there before the 'journalists' have their way. Actually pot puns are slowing down as of late.What about a Fonz bounce? 
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on October 23, 2008 at 11:38:27 PT
Weekly Press Release From NORML
California: San Diego Supervisors Ask US Supreme Court To Overturn State Medical Marijuana LawsOctober 23, 2008 - San Diego, CA
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Comment #1 posted by Sam Adams on October 23, 2008 at 10:46:34 PT
This is my favorite piece of media so far: to the Mayor and police union hacks squeal as their hold on the drug rackets is threatened. This referendum is like the sun just breaking over the horizon in the morning - a new dawn is coming, the end of Prohibition.Just a year or two ago a bunch of Boston Police officers were caught by the FBI having after-hours parties with illegal drugs, prostitutes, and gambling. It's so damn OBVIOUS! We need to legalize all that stuff and put it back into the free markets and private sector so we can regulate it fairly.But this is great, it's free publicity for the excellent ads, and also embarrassing as hell because they won't be able to do a damn thing to stop it.The DA's and Attorney General have broken numerous campaign finance laws, but they squawk over this perfectly legal ad. I guess they think they're above the law, the laws only apply to us peons outside the political class.
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