By John Payne
On Saturday, November 15, we will host the Fall 2014 Missouri Cannabis Conference at the Crowne Plaza at 200 N Fourth Street in downtown Saint Louis. The conference will start at 9:00 a.m. and run until 5:00 p.m.
This conference will have a special focus on the damage wrought by the drug war. We will be discussing issues such as the prison industrial complex, the school to prison pipeline, the disproportionate negative impact of prohibition on minority communities, police militarization, and how the drug war poisons the relationship between law enforcement and the communities they police.
We have already confirmed a fantastic lineup of speakers, including Law Enforcement Against Prohibition Executive Director and former narcotics trainer for the Maryland State Patrol Neill Franklin and Ira Glasser, former Executive Director of the ACLU and current President of the Board of Directors for the Drug Policy Alliance.
The conference will also feature many local speakers, including Executive Director of the Missouri ACLU Jeff Mittman, Executive Director of the Missouri Association and former Missouri state Representative Jeanette Mott Oxford, state Representative Brandon Ellington, and, of course, members of Show-Me Cannabis' board of directors.
We will announce a full lineup of speakers and a tentative agenda in the next few weeks, but please save the date. You can also join the event page on Facebook and invite your friends to spread the word.