Legalize It, Minnesota: Conference Oct 18

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Legalize It, Minnesota:
Political Action Conference

Saturday October 18th, 2014 - 9am-6pm


Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN - 1301 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403 - (612) 335-6000

Day long conference to launch MN NORML's campaign to fully legalize cannabis in Minnesota!  Be a part of the movement, learn valuable information to equip you to be powerful, and meet others that are passionate about ending prohibition!  

All are encouraged and welcome to attend!  

Registration fees on a sliding scale - everyone will be allowed in regardless of economic means

Contact us for more information:  [email protected], [email protected], 612.584.3101


  • 9:00am - 10:00am: Registration
  • 10:00am - 11:00am: Morning Plenary Session
    - Continental breakfast served.

Staff and board members will welcome conference attendees, provide a brief overview of the conference, outline the goals of the conference, presenting our vision for an end of marijuana prohibition, launching our organizing campaign plan to advocate for full legalization and introducing the national N.O.R.M.L.'s founder, Keith Stroup for a keynote speech (30 minutes). Also featuring MN NORML Executive Director, Marcus Harcus and Organizing Director, Leroy Duncan, Board Member Randy Quast.

  • 11:00am - 11:15am: Break / Networking
  • 11:15am - 12:30pm: Workshops

(1) Ending Cannabis Prohibition, the Failed Drug War featuring cannabis entrepreneurs and advocates, Jeremy Kaufman of the Center for Palliative Care in Washington and Justin "Java" Carter of The Green Solution in Colorado. (2) Health Justice and Economic Development featuring cannabis entrepreneurs and advocates, Jeremy Kaufman of the Center for Palliative Care in Washington and Justin "Java" Carter of The Green Solution in Colorado.

  • 12:30pm - 2:00pm: Lunch Plenary Session
    - Boxed lunches will be served.

Keynote speech by Dr. Carl Hart, with audience Q&A moderated by MN NORML Executive Director, Marcus Harcus.

  • 2:00pm - 2:15pm: Break
  • 2:15pm - 3:30pm: Workshops

(1) Health Justice and Economic Development Adult conversations about the social, medical, economic and political benefits of cannabis legalization and the lucrative business and economic development opportunities in the legalized industry. Featuring cannabis entrepreneurs and advocates, Jeremy Kaufman of the Center for Palliative Care in Washington and Justin "Java" Carter of The Green Solution in Colorado engaging in discussion. (2) Ending Cannabis Prohibition, the Failed Drug War featuring Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (L.E.A.P.) leader, Diane Goldstein, and David Bearman, MD, an expert physician in the field of medical marijuana.  

  • 3:30pm - 3:45pm: Break
  • 3:45pm - 5:00pm: Evening Plenary Session
  • 5:00pm - 6:00pm:  Mingle, Meet and Greet, Political Conversations - Cash Bar available (beer and wine), Appetizers will be served.

Interactive, conference-closing discussion about the imperative for full legalization and all of the issue implications of ending prohibition and creating a new, regulated industry for America's #1 cash crop, a healthier, safer choice with myriad health benefits. Featuring all of the keynote and workshop speakers and finishing with a closing speech by MN NORML Executive Director, Marcus Harcus.




  • Dr. Carl Hart,  Associate Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at Columbia University - Keynote (at Noon)
  • Keith Stroup, Founder & Legal Counsel of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML)

  • Dr. David Bearman, Co-founder of the American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine

  • Diane Goldstein, Lieutenant Commander, Redondo Beach Police Department (Ret.) and member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP)

  • Jeremy Kaufman, Co-Founder of The Center for Palliative Care (CPC)

  • Justin "Java" CarterThe Green Solution Dispensary


Many parking ramps surround the Minneapolis Convention Center and there is free parking south of the bridges over I-94, in Stevens Square. Several bus lines go near the convention center, including a free ride circulator that goes up Nicollet Mall to the light rail station. See or for transit planners. If the weather is bad, you can walk in the skyways all the way across downtown. See Convention Center info for driving directions.


- Registration/tickets:    Click Here to Register!  Sliding fees scale - all are welcome and will not be priced out (pay what you can)! 

  • Event fee - full price $75 (day-of)
  • Pre-Registration Rate - $60 (until 10/16)
  • Student/Senior/Low Income Rate $20.00
  • VIP/Movement Sponsor Rate $100.00
  • * No one will be turned away due to lack of means - Everyone is welcome and will be allowed in!  
  • Concert:  $10 (advanced), $15 (day-of)
    • ​Conference attendees get concert tickets for $10 (purchase at conference, or show your registration badge at Mill City to get $5 discount day-of)
  • ​* Anyone that volunteers day-of will get in for free - please email Leroy to sign-up - [email protected]

- Click Here for the Facebook Event!
Twitter hastag:  #legalizeitmn

All welcome and encouraged to attend! 

Food is provided with registration, which includes:  Continential Breakfast in the morning, Box Lunch (sandwich, etc), and snacks with cash bar at closing for meet and greet.  

VIP Ticketholders get access to the secure green room(to hang out in and store your things), which includes snacks and beverages (alcoholic and non) throughout the day, and to rub shoulders with our conference facilitators and politicians.  


Get a special rate for at the Millennium Hotel in downtown Minneapolis just for conference attendees.


Concert to follow at Mill City Nights!  10/18/14 - 7:30pm doors, 8pm music begins

Legalize It, Minnesota Concert - presented by Minnesota NORML


Mike Mictlan of Doomtree

Mixed Blood Majority


Shiro Dame

Greg Grease

Manchita (of GRRRL PRTY)


Java Starr & Metasota


Truthmaze (spoken word)

Voice of Culture Drum+Dance

 Toki Wright DJin all night!

Saturday, October 18th, 2014 – 7:30PM doors, 8pm show (to 2am) – 18+

$10 in advance, $15 at door - $30 VIP/Movement Sponsor ticket

Mill City Nights - 111 5th St N – Minneapolis

Sponsored by Free Black Dirt

- coordinated in conjunction with MN NORML’s “Legalize It, Minnesota!” Conference  |  #legalizeitmn

  - Buy your concert tickets here: 

Concert Facebook event page: 



For more information, email: [email protected], 612.584.3101

- Interested in sponsoring? Contact Leroy at [email protected] 

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