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Dan Viets

Attorney and Counselor

15 NORTH TENTH STREET COLUMBIA, MISSOURI  65201

(573) 443-6866/FAX (573) 443-1413

November 7, 2014
RE: NORML Speakers/Events/Cannabis Conference
Dear Missouri NORML Members and Supporters:
These are exciting times!

On Tuesday, Oregon, Alaska and Washington, DC became the third, fourth and fifth jurisdictions in America to legalize marijuana!  We hope Missouri will follow them along with several other states in November of 2016.  Last Wednesday, we filed a proposed initiative to tax and regulate marijuana like alcohol with the Missouri Secretary of State!

In January, we hope to begin gathering signatures in support of placing this initiative on the November, 2016 ballot.  We will need all the help we can get from as many volunteers as possible.  

Next Saturday, November 15 At the Crown Plaza Hotel on 4th Street in downtown St. Louis, Missouri NORML and Show-Me Cannabis Regulation are sponsoring the Fall 2014 Missouri Cannabis Conference!  This is an excellent opportunity for you to meet and network with marijuana law reform activists from across our state.

We have a spectacular line up of state and national speakers throughout the day as well as fun and exciting fundraiser social events on both Friday and Saturday evening.  Plan to spend the weekend with us in St. Louis.  If you have any questions regarding this or other related matters, please send me an email message any time at the address above.  

In Kansas City on Wednesday, November 12 at 6:00 p.m. former National ACLU Director, and now President of the Drug Policy Alliance, Ira Glasser along with Major Neill Franklin, formerly of the Maryland State Police and now national Executive Director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), will be speaking at the Mary L. Kelly Center at 2803 E. 51st Street.  They will both also be speaking the next day, Thursday, November 13 at 11:30 a.m. at the UMKC Law School.  Both events are open to the general public and everyone is welcome to attend.

In Columbia on Thursday, November 13 at 4:30 p.m., Neill Franklin speaks at the MU Agriculture Building room 2-07.  From 5:30 to 7:00 there will be a reception for Ira and Neill at Bleu Restaurant at 811 E. Walnut Street in Columbia.  Admission to this even is $10 for students, $25 for others.  At 7:00 p.m. that same evening, Ira will be speaking Tate Hall.  Both speeches at MU are open to everyone.    

Here is the agenda for next weekend in St. Louis: 
Friday Evening, November 14 at 6:00 p.m., Nebula, 3407 S. JeffersonShow-Me Cannabis board member Abhi Sivasailam, who now works in the industry in Oregon; Josh Kappel, a co-author of Colorado’s Amendment 64; and Brian Fox, who recently submitted an application for a dispensary license in Illinois will be speaking. 

After the discussion, please join us for drinks and appetizers at an intimate fundraiser at the offices of KAOH Media at 2210 Pestalozzi.  There will be a suggested contribution of $100 at the fundraiser.

Saturday, November 15, Crown Plaza Hotel, 4th Street in downtown St. Louis Suggested minimum donation to attend: $10.  •8:00 a.m. to

8:30 a.m. Registration and coffee/tea•8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Reports from NORML and SSDP Chapter leaders across the state•9:15 a.m. to

10:00 a.m. Show-Me Cannabis Board Members•10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Drug Task Forces: Secretive, Unaccountable, and Dangerous with

Show-Me Cannabis Director of Research Aaron Malin and Show-Me Cannabis board member Leah Maurer, and Oregon Legalization Leader Travis Maurer.

•10:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Break

•11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. The Racial Bias in the Enforcement of Cannabis Laws, featuring Missouri ACLU Executive Director Jeff Mittman, Missouri Association for Social Welfare Executive Director Jeanette Mott-Oxford, LeShea Agnew, and attorney Justin Meehan with Dan Viets as moderator.

•11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Lunch

•12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Perspective of Law Enforcement: Is biased enforcement deliberate? Featuring Saint Louis police sergeant Gary Wiegert, police chief Tony Kirk, and Executive Director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition Neill Franklin

•1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. How Does Ferguson Impact Criminal Justice Reform? Washington Post writer Radley Balko, Saint Louis Magazine Publisher Ray Hartmann, WGNU radio host Kenneth Murdock

•2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. The Prospects for Legislative Reforms, with Rep. Brandon Ellington (D - Kansas City), Rep. Mike Colona (D - Saint Louis), Rep. Mike Butler (D - Saint Louis), and Rep.-Elect Shamed Dogan (R - Ballwin)

•3:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Break

•3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Neill Franklin, LEAP Executive Director and former Maryland State Police Officer

•4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Radley Balko on Police Militarization and the War on Drugs

•4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Former ACLU Executive Director and President of the Board of Directors of the Drug Policy Alliance Ira Glasser.

Saturday Evening:

Join us after the conference for a private dinner and auction at Frazer's at 1811 Pestalozzi starting at 7:00 p.m. This will be a wonderful opportunity to dine and discuss with our speakers and the leaders of this movement from across Missouri and beyond. If you'd like to contribute items to the fundraiser auction, please email me at john@show-


mecannabis.com. There will be a $25 minimum contribution to attend the dinner, and guests can order from the menu. You can purchase tickets on the Show-Me CAnnabis website

Sincerely,

Dan VietsMissouri NORML CoordinatorShow-Me Cannabis Board Chair
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