On the heels of the great news that the Virginia Senate Votes To Stop Suspending Licenses Over Marijuana Possession, I am catching an early-morning flight tomorrow for Richmond to present at the Virginia Cannabis Conference.
The event begins Saturday night, January 28, at the Kabana Rooftop for a VIP Reception and early registration. The VIP event gives you the chance to network with fellow reformers from the mid-Atlantic region as well as the speakers and presenters at the next day’s conference. Tickets for the VIP Reception are just $25 and are available online.
Then the conference begins on Sunday, January 29, at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Downtown Richmond. Tickets start at $50 for the conference and Monday’s Lobby Day activities, with the proceeds benefitting Virginia NORML. For the price of a dinner for two, you’ll see:
- My presentation on the results of marijuana legalization so far and framing reform issues for conservative states;
- A keynote speech from John Hudak, fellow at the Brookings Institute and author of Marijuana: A Short History;
- A presentation by Kevin Mahmalji, National Outreach Coordinator for NORML, on taking local action to drive state reform;
- Speeches and Q&A with two Virginia lawmakers, Republican Del. Glenn Davis and Democratic Del. Steve Heretick.
Sunday concludes with a review of reform legislation pending in Virginia and a plan of action for lobbying Virginia lawmakers. Sunday evening we’ll relax at an attendee social at Belle & James.
Then on Monday, January 30, we make our way to the Virginia General Assembly to lobby the legislators toward ending punitive marijuana laws. We’ll canvass the assembly from 9pm to 3pm, when we’ll break to deliver a news conference for the local press.
At 4pm we conclude the Virginia Cannabis Conference with a celebration at Greenleaf’s Pool Room & Kitchen.
It’s my first travel gig of 2017 and you can follow portions of it LIVE by subscribing to my YouTube channel, which shall be the new home for the live streaming podcast of The Russ Belville Show – The Voice of the Marijuana Nation starting Monday, February 6. I’ll also have exclusive interviews with the presenters and highlights from the Lobby Day efforts when I return.
After all of that, I’ll be flying back home all day on Tuesday, January 31, my 49th birthday. The best present I could ask for is your donation to help make the premiere of my fifth season a great one. Send any donations you can to paypal.me/radicalruss. Thanks for helping me continue to be your independent voice of the marijuana nation!