The following article was originally published by Aspen Public Radio.
Attorneys and marijuana advocates gathered in Aspen this weekend. The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, or NORML, has been meeting in Aspen since the early 90s. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher has this snapshot of the event.
Topics ranged from government surveillance, to what happens when a friend dies while getting high. “I am a member of the NORML legal committee,” said Jeri Shepherd, visiting from Greeley, Colorado. “I first came here in 1991. I met all these awesome lawyers [and] learned a lot.” Shepherd tries to make it to the conference every year. “To learn, to connect with some of my fellow attorneys and activists,” she continued. “And I’m just glad to be here. Aspen’s a very chill town. A little rich for my blood most of the time, but I love coming up here.”
Shepherd is a former public defender and calls herself an old school cannabis lawyer, handling criminal and traffic cases. Shepherd was in the room when Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo gave a last-minute talk about how his agency is handling legalized marijuana, and separate efforts to come up with education guidelines when pot is sold. “Still in the conceptual stage, and how that even gets implemented yet, I don’t know,” said DiSalvo after his talk. “It’s just a talking point for our community.”
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