Agenda for the Mid-Atlantic NORML conference

NORML is pleased to announce the first ever Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference in Philadelphia, PA on March 16th, 2013!

The conference will feature a day of enlightening panel discussions and speakers on topics ranging from new reform strategies, recent legislative efforts, the science of medical cannabis, and much more. Hear from some of the most experienced and insightful marijuana law reformers working the the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York area.

JUST IN: Pennsylvania State Senator, and sponsor of PA’s legalization bill, Daylin Leach will be giving a keynote address discussing his work on the issue, his recent legislation, and experience working for reform as a sitting politician. Don’t miss it!

AGENDA (subject to change)

11:00 – 11:10

Conference Welcome – Kevin Clough, Executive Director (Philly NORML)

11:15 – 12:15

New Strategies for Reform

Moderator: Derek Rosenzweig (PhillyNORML)


Erik Williams, Executive Director (CTNORML & CampaignsWon)

Stacia Cosner, Associate Director (SSDP)

Diane Fornbacher, Vice-Chair (NORML Women’s Alliance), NORML Board of Directors



1:10 – 2:10

Medical Marijuana Moving Forward

Moderator: Mike Liszewski, Policy Director (Americans for Safe Access)


Mallory Loflin, Graduate Student (SUNY)

Jahan Marcu, PhD Candidate (Temple Medical School)

Ken Wolski, Executive Director (Coalition Medical Marijuana New Jersey)

2:10 – 3:00

KEYNOTE: Pennsylvania State Senator. Daylin Leach

3:00 – 3:10


3:15 – 4:15

Pot and Politics 2013

Moderator: Erik Altieri, Communications Director (National NORML)


Patrick Nightingale, Executive Director (PittsburghNORML)

Evan Nison, Executive Director (NJ NORML)

Gabriel Sayegh, State Director (DPA New York)

4:20 – 5:20

Cannabis, Canvas, and Culture

Moderator: Joe Forte, Secretary (PhillyNORML)


Rob Cantrell, Comedian

Marc Connuck, Activist (Pennsylvania Farmers For Industrial Hemp)

Rick Cusick, Associate Publisher (HighTimes) and NORML Board of Directors


Closing Remarks: Allen St. Pierre (National NORML)

Private Fundraiser featuring live comedy from Rob Cantrell and music from Cultureal will follow in the evening.

Panel sessions will be held during the day in Claudia Cohen Hall at the University of Pennsylvania and the night will end with a fundraiser featuring live entertainment from comedian Rob Cantrell and local musical act Cultureal. There will also be food, drink, a silent auction, and more at a private venue nearby. Ticket holders will receive fundraiser details prior to the event.

Reserve your space today. You can purchase tickets to the panel sessions for $40 and tickets to the fundraiser for $20. A limited quantity of combo-passes are also available for $50, giving you access to both events!

More information, including agenda, speakers, entertainment and more will be forthcoming. Stay posted to this page and to for the latest.

Hope to see you in the City of Brotherly Love this March.