On Tuesday, September 4th at 5:30 pm, NC NORML has scheduled a platform of speakers at the Democratic National Convention in uptown Charlotte. North Carolina chapter of the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws is excited to have the following speak on behalf of the organization and advocate for reform:
- Jamie Haase: As a former special agent of the Homeland Security Investigations, Mr. Haase brings unique perspective into the conversation on marijuana laws. His experience as an agent on the taskforce charged with the southwest border of the USA resulted in multiple narcotics seizures and assistance with the interdiction of money and guns being smuggled across the Mexico/USA border.
- Greta Gaines: Ms.Gaine’s career has crossed the entertainment industry in many forms. She hosted Free
Ride with Greta Gaines on Oxygen for three years, made four albums as a southern rock musician, was a
correspondent on ESPN2, and earned the title of Women’s World Extreme Snowboard Champion 92’. She
now is on the board of directors of national NORML.
- Gary Johnson: The former Governor of New Mexico, Mr.Johnson is the current Libertarian candidate for
president in the 2012 election. In the marijuana discussion, Mr.Johnson believes that by making the plant
a legal, regulated product, we can restrict availability, curtail underage use, and reduce the legal costs
associated with prosecuting marijuana offenders.
A central issue with the platform will be explaining how the marijuana laws, as they are now, support a profit-minded criminal economy, increase incarceration costs, and derail law enforcement from other important tasks. Advocates for NORML argue that reclassification of marijuana from a Schedule I drug can save approximately $20 billion in tax revenue and law enforcement savings. 17 states have already passed pro-marijuana legislation, with more coming on election ballots.
The Speaker’s Platform is located at the corner of E. Stonewall Street and S. Caldwell Street. Parking is limited, so travel via CATS or LYNX is recommended.
A parade and demonstration will be held on Wednesday, September 5th at 1:20 pm in uptown Charlotte. Parade participants will assemble in Pearl Street Park, located at 1008 Baxter Street, and the parade route will end at Marshall Park, located on 3rd Street between McDowell and Davidson Streets.
North Carolina NORML intends to end marijuana prohibition in North Carolina. This goal includes removing all penalties for private possession, responsible adult use, cultivation for personal use and casual non-profit transfers of small amounts of marijuana. This policy, known as decriminalization, removes the marijuana smoker from the criminal justice system.
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