Charlotte, NC–(ENEWSPF)–August 29, 2012. North Carolina NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) will be hosting during the Democratic National Convention, on Tuesday, September 4th at 5:30 pm, Libertarian Presidential candidate Gary Johnson, former special agent Jamie Haase, and southern rock artist Greta Gaines as they speak on behalf of the organization to raise awareness and support for ending marijuana prohibition.
The chapter issued the following statement:
“The North Carolina chapter of the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws is excited to have such an esteemed group of individuals speak on behalf of the marijuana movement at this politically symbolic event, and especially during such a historic time in our fight for legalization. Marijuana prohibition continues to feed a violent criminal economy and waste precious tax dollars.
Legalization could generate approximately $20 billion annually in tax revenue and law enforcement savings. Seventeen states, along with the District of Columbia, have already passed pro-marijuana legislation. With Colorado, Oregon and Washington all voting on legalization initiatives this November, it is more important than ever that we bring as much attention to this issue as possible.”
Date: September 4th at 5:30pm.
Location: Speakers Podium (The corner of E. Stonewall Street and S. Caldwell Street in uptown Charlotte)
About the Speakers
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.
Jamie Haase: As a former ICE Special Agent, Mr. Haase brings a unique perspective to the conversation of marijuana reform. Having worked as a federal agent along the Mexican border, hes been involved in multiple narcotics investigations. In 2011, he resigned from the United States government to become an advocate for marijuana legalization. He is now a speaker for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.
Greta Gaines: Ms.Gaines career has crossed the entertainment industry in many forms. She performed with Cheryl Crowe and Alanis Morisette on the Lilith Fair tour, hosted her own show on the Oxygen network, Free Ride with Greta Gaines, for three years and worked as a correspondent on ESPN2. She has also produced four albums as a southern rock musician. In 1992, Gaines became the first winner of the Womens World Extreme Snowboard Championship. Currently, she serves on the National NORML Board of Directors.
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. For more information, or to get involved, visit us online at http://ncnorml.org