For Immediate Release:  Tuesday, October 30, 2012

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Dan Viets 573-819-2669

Alexis Lyle 636-866-5350

The largest gathering of cannabis law reform advocates in Missouri this year will take place just three days before three states vote on legalization of marijuana for adults.  Colorado, Washington and Oregon voters will decide whether to legalize, and polls currently indicate that legalization is likely to pass in both Colorado and Washington.

On Saturday, November 3, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Allen Auditorium in the MU Arts & Science building at Ninth Street and Conley Avenue, activists will gather to lay plans for similar legislation in Missouri.  The morning will consist of presentations by leaders of NORML Chapters from St. Louis, Kansas City and Springfield, as well as the MU NORML Chapter in Columbia.  Also speaking will be members of the Board of Directors of Show-Me Cannabis Regulation (SMCR), the organization which attempted to place a legalization initiative on the ballot in Missouri this year and continues to lay plans for future legalization efforts.

The highlight of the day will be a presentation by Dr. Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance.  Dr. Nadelmann, an attorney and former professor of political science at Princeton, is widely regarded as the most articulate and inspiring speaker in the national drug law reform movement.

Also speaking Saturday afternoon will be Mr. Radley Balko, a writer for Huffington Post, formerly with Reason Magazine.  Mr. Balko is a nationally recognized expert on the excesses of force and intimidation often involved in the enforcement of marijuana prohibition, including incidents such as the notorious 2010 dog shooting on Kinloch Court in Columbia.

Betty Taylor, a former Missouri police chief and marshal, now a professor pursuing a Ph.D., will speak on behalf of the organization, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP).

The Conference is free and open to the general public.  The Conference is hosted by MU NORML and co-sponsored by Missouri NORML, Show-Me Cannabis Regulation and the National Cannabis Coalition.

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