Kyoto Hemp Forum, July 2016

kyoto-left-logoHemp: Lifeline to the Future

The 2016 forum is based on and entitled after Chris Conrad’s landmark 1993 book about cannabis hemp and, indeed, all things cannabis. Mr. Conrad will join Japan’s First Lady and environmental advocate Akie Abe in speaking at #KyotoHempForum on July 2, 2016. Delegates from around the globe, will gather at KICC (Kyoto International Conference Center), where the Kyoto Protocol was originally signed in 1997 acknowledging our international and planetary responsibilities to the environment and where the 2003 World Water Forum was held, for The First Annual “International Hemp Environmental Forum”, from 10 am – 7 pm, to: Continue reading Kyoto Hemp Forum, July 2016

CA Penal Code: Demurrer


A demurrer is an alternative to pleading guilty, not guilty or no contest to a criminal charge. The distinction is that when you plead you make a tacit legal concession that there was a crime committed so, by pleading “not guilty” you are accepting that there was a crime but are contesting the facts (mainly that you committed the crime). A demurrer does the opposite; you admit that the facts are correct but argue that no crime was committed. In the case of marijuana in California, for example, you would argue that the defendant did grow or possess marijuana (cannabis) since the defendant has a medical marijuana approval, their cultivation or use was lawful and not a crime.

If you plead “not guilty” you have removed your ability to argue for the demurrer, even though your legal argument (medical marijuana defense) is still the same. But you can only demur at the arraignment. After that it is too late.

Click here for a model Prop 215 demurrer pleading to modify and file

Click here for a model SB 420 demurrer pleading to modify and file

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Prop. 64. Adult Use of Marijuana Act Explained

Review, explanation and analysis

By Chris Conrad, with Mikki Norris, Lauren Vazquez and assorted other attorneys and experts on the initiative.  © Drug Policy Action, 2016

This document explains the structure and functions of the proposed Adult Use of Marijuana Act (signatures turned in May 4, 2016 no ballot number assigned yet.)

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It begins with a brief history of the legalization process in California and the US, followed by an overview of the initiative, how it interfaces with medical marijuana laws, newly legal activities, commercial regulation, enforcement penalties, taxes, disbursements social justice aspects and AUMA’s importance going forth from here.

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Mikki Norris: Activist, Educator

mikki_2848Celebrated cannabis and human rights activist Mikki Norris has received awards for her work from Drug Policy Alliance, National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, Seattle Hempfest and The Emerald Cup, among others.

Current projects

Norris is currently providing public education, outreach, and consulting services to Prop 64 Adult Use of Marijuana Act campaign, a legalization initiative headed to the November 2016 ballot in California. She is an occasional contributor to

American Hemp Council to Proposition 215

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