NORML Aspen Legal Conference

June 03, 2017

2017 CBA-CLE NORML Annual Aspen Legal Conferences are much more than Continuing Legal Education.
Every year Colorado NORML has offered a Scholarship in the name of the great Hunter S. Thompson. This Scholarship is rewarded to those individuals who submit their application and who the committees feel would benefit most out of this opportunity. We sent 3 people to Aspen for the NORML Sponsored Legal Conference this year.


This is a CLE credited 3-day program gives everyone from all states that require continuing legal education credits for their attorneys.
Non-Lawyers are Welcome! If you're not a lawyer, and don't need the CLE credit, you are still welcome to attend. This is a wonderful opportunity for non-lawyers to meet national legal experts as we work our way from marijuana prohibition to marijuana legalization.


NORML is holding the annual Aspen legal seminar over the long weekend of June 1, 2 and 3, 2017, at the Gant Hotel. There is an excellent line-up of speakers, covering a wide array of topics of interest to practicing criminal defense attorneys, as well as those who are now representing the business interests of state-legal marijuana businesses.
On Thursday, NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano will address the latest science of marijuana; Oceanside, CA attorney David Branfman will lecture on the latest developments in Intellectual property rights in the legal Marijuana industry; Former US Attorney Bill Nettles from South Carolina will discuss his efforts to legalize the medical use of marijuana in a southern state; and Denver attorney Rachel Gillette will discuss the challenges of representing a client in an IRS audit, including form 8300 audits.
On Friday, San Francisco attorney Kyndra Miller will address the issues arising in financing a cannabis business; San Diego attorney Michael Cindrich will focus on ways to discredit prosecution witnesses in cannabis cases; Denver attorney Sean McAllister will provide the basics involved in representing state-legal marijuana businesses; Tucson attorney Natman Schaye will lecture on the lessons he has learned from handling death penalty cases; and Richmond, VA attorney David Baugh will discuss the ethical implications of Brady and Giglio.
And on Saturday, Alexandria, VA attorney Marvin Miller will lecture on the use of innocent assets to pay for an appeal; Boulder CO attorney Marc Milavitz will discuss the ethical considerations when dealing with a difficult client; Baltimore attorney Billy Murphy will discuss the considerations when representing a client in a "Black Lives Matter" case; and San Antonio, TX attorney Gerry Goldstein will wrap up the seminar with his annual discussion of the latest 4th Amendment decisions.
There is several social events where you can relax and reconnect with old friends and colleagues, and make new friends, in a marijuana-friendly environment. Friday night was a Benefit and cocktail Party!
As with past legal seminars in Aspen, Chris and Gerry Goldstein will hold a special Friday night NORML benefit party for the attendees at their lovely home in Aspen catered by Chef Chris Lanter, chef at Aspen's popular Cache Cache restaurant.
On Saturday afternoon the seminar attendees are invited to Owl Farm, Hunter S. Thomspon's old homestead, for a cookout and live music as guests of his widow, Anita Thompson. Hunter, the celebrated writer and journalist, was a longtime NORML friend, Advisory Board member and supporter, who first joined the Advisory Board in 1973, and served until the time of his death in 2005.


Colorado NORML also holds a silent auction for trinkets and cannabis treasures. Please check that out as well.
If you didn't make it this year, we look forward to next year!!!


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