Welcome to Missouri NORML
Working to Reform Marijuana Laws in Missouri
April 17, 2015
Re: 4/20 Events and Cannabis Conference Rescheduled
Dear Members and Supporters of NORML in Missouri:
Many events are planned around our state next weekend in conjunction with Earth Day and 4/20 celebrations. In Springfield, NORML will be holding a Toker Poker Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament from 12 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 18 at the Front of House Lounge, 322 South Avenue. Later that evening, the 4/20 celebration features 9 musical acts, spread across 3 stages at the Outland Ballroom, 326 South Avenue. The event will also include a silent auction featuring items donated by local businesses.
In St. Louis, Show Me Cannabis and C for Cannabis will host the Crawl for Cannabis on Cherokee Street on Sunday, April 19 beginning at 11:30 a.m. at Yaqui’s with the Crawl Kickoff Brunch Buffet. On Monday, April 20 the Crawl begins with Crawl Kickoff Dinner Specials at Fortune Teller Bar at 6 p.m. There will be raffle prizes and 50/50 drawings and the Crawl ends at 1:00 a.m., April 21 with a concert after party at 2720 Cherokee. The St. Louis NORML Chapter will have a table at the Earth Day Festival on April 26 at Forest Park. They will have literature and merchandise.
In Columbia, this Saturday, April 18, Mid-Missouri NORML and Show Me Cannabis will be represented at the Missouri State Libertarian Party Convention at the Holiday Inn East, 915 Port Way. Aaron Malin, Research Director of Show Me Cannabis, David Roland who is representing SMC in litigation against Missouri Drug Task Forces, and I will be speaking during the afternoon. On Sunday, April 19, weather permitting, the annual Columbia Earth Day Celebration will take place in and around Peace Park on the MU campus. Both the MU NORML Chapter and the Mid-Missouri NORML Chapter will have tables at this event. If you are able to volunteer to help with any of these events, please contact me at email@example.com.
On Monday, April 20, we are urging all Missouri NORML members to travel to Jefferson City to lobby on behalf of the several marijuana law reform bills which are pending in the Missouri General Assembly. Meet in the Rotunda on the first floor of the Capitol Building at 10:00 a.m.
There are three medical marijuana bills, two bills to allow hemp cultivation, a bill to free Jeff Mizanskey from his sentence of life without parole for marijuana, as well as several bills to allow the expungement of marijuana and other non-violent criminal convictions. For more details and to receive updates on pending legislation, sign up at showmecannabis.org.
Please plan to join us at the Missouri Capitol Monday April 20 to urge the Missouri legislature to pass these bills before the session ends on Friday, May 15. On Tuesday, April 21, students from the University of Missouri NORML and SSDP Chapters will be traveling to Jefferson City to do additional lobbying.
On Wednesday and Thursday, May 20 and 21, the National NORML Conference/Lobby Day will take place in Washington, D.C. This is an excellent opportunity to lobby Congress for passage of the CARERS Act which would leave medical marijuana policy entirely in the hands of the states. It is also a beautiful time of the year to visit Our Nation’s Capital, where marijuana possession, use and cultivation have now been legalized!
The Spring 2015 Missouri Cannabis Conference which was previously set for the weekend of Saturday, April 25 has been postponed. The new date for the Conference is the weekend of Saturday, June 27 in Kansas City. More details will be announced soon.
We have confirmed that one of our keynote speakers will be Mary Lynn Mathre of “Patients Out of Time”, a national medical marijuana advocacy organization. Mary Lynn is a Professor of Nursing at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and served for many years on the National Board of Directors of NORML. She is a nationally-recognized expert on the medical use of marijuana and the author of two books on this topic. More details about the Conference will be forthcoming in the near future.
Missouri NORML Coordinator