On Wednesday December 10, 2014, the Cannabis Business Awards will be held in Denver, Colorado. There are several categories, with several nominees, and I'm urging all TWB readers to vote for Ethan Nadelmann for 'Most Influential Individual.' When I think of the most influential person in the marijuana world, it hands down has to be Ethan Nadelmann. It's not even a contest in my opinion. I don't want to take away from others that are nominated for that category, but Ethan Nadelmann stands above them all.
You can vote at this link here, and I urge you to vote early and often. I don't know if you can only vote once, or once a day, or what the limit is, so vote as many times as you can for Ethan until it won't let you do it anymore. One of the most riveting speeches I've ever seen was the speech that Ethan Nadelmann gave at a 'TED Talks' event. That video is below:
Below is a brief bio for Ethan Nadelmann, courtesy of his profile page on the Drug Policy Alliance's website:
Ethan Nadelmann is the founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, the leading organization in the United States promoting alternatives to the war on drugs. Nadelmann received his B.A., J.D., and Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard as well as a Masters' degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and taught at Princeton University for seven years. He has authored two books - Cops Across Borders and (with Peter Andreas) Policing The Globe - and his writings have appeared in most major media outlets in the U.S. as well as top academic journals (e.g., Science, International Organization), policy journals (Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Washington Quarterly,Public Interest) and political publications from the right (National Review) to the left (The Nation). He is interviewed frequently by media, including The Colbert Report,The O'Reilly Factor, Real Time with Bill Maher, and news programs on all the major U.S. networks as well as dozens of networks elsewhere.
Nadelmann and his colleagues have played pivotal roles in most of the major drug policy reform ballot initiative campaigns in the United States on issues ranging from medical marijuana and marijuana legalization to prison reform, drug treatment and reform of asset forfeiture laws. They also have reformed state and federal laws involving drug sentencing, access to sterile syringes to reduce HIV/AIDS, access to drug treatment, prevention of overdose fatalities, and all aspects of marijuana policy. Nadelmann also plays a key role as drug policy advisor to George Soros and other prominent philanthropists as well as elected officials ranging from mayors, governors and state and federal legislators in the U.S. to presidents and cabinet ministers outside the U.S.
If you would like to attend the 2014 Cannabis Business Awards, you can buy tickets at this link here.