FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 11, 2011 Contact: Dale Gieringer: (415) 563-5858 or Stephen Gutwillig (323) 542-2606 Conference on Future of Marijuana Reform in California Will Draw Broad Coalition to End Failed Prohibition Policies Saturday, March 19th at Ricardo Montalban Theater in Hollywood, California "Next Steps for Marijuana Reform in California," a day-long gathering of marijuana reform advocates, will take place March 19th at the Ricardo Montalban Theater in Hollywood. In the wake of Proposition 19’s remarkably strong showing at the polls last year, this conference will address ongoing efforts to end failed marijuana prohibition in California, steps to reform the state’s medical marijuana laws, and priorities for marijuana reform in the coming years. The conference is presented by California NORML, Drug Policy Alliance, Marijuana Policy Project, Americans for Safe Access, and VibeNation MultiMedia. Confirmed participants include leaders of the Proposition 19 campaign and other ballot initiative proponents, Latino Voters League, California NAACP, United Food and Commercial Workers, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, and California Church Impact as well as political consultants, attorneys, medical marijuana advocates, and public officials. The event is open to the public, and the audience will have the opportunity to comment and weigh in on competing proposals. A party and reception, featuring live music, other entertainment and refreshments, will be held at the Montalban Theater immediately following the conference until 10 pm. The conference follows up the sold out "Next Steps" conference in Berkeley in January (http://www.canorml.org/nextsched.html) What: “Next Steps for Marijuana Reform in California” When: Saturday, March 19th, 9 am to 6 pm Where: Ricardo Montalban Theater, 1615 Vine St., Hollywood, California Tickets: www.drugpolicy.org/nextsteps Conference Schedule: www.canorml.org/LAConfSched_Online.html Admission: $20 for the conference; $20 for the reception. A $30 discounted ticket for both events is available online in advance only. Transportation and parking: There is a metro station one block from the site at Hollywood and Vine. For those driving, there is abundant street parking with meters, and lot parking within easy walking distance.
28 states in the United States, as well as many other countries around the world, have legalized medical marijuana – with some even legalizing the