July 12, 2010 - Monday
The Future of Marijuana - Uncovering the Opportunities
Colorado has become the home of one of American capitalism's grand experiments: the country's first attempt at fully regulating, licensing and taxing a for-profit marijuana trade. In California, medical marijuana dispensary owner’s work in nonprofit collectives, but the cannabis pioneers of Colorado are free to pocket as much as they can - as long as they stay within the rules.
The catch is that there are a ton of rules, and more are coming in the next few months.
Prohibition in the United States, took place between 1920 and 1933. At that time, the newly enacted 18th Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibited the sale, manufacture, and transport of alcohol anywhere in the country.
Counter to what prohibition had hoped to accomplish, the sale and consumption of alcohol during this time actually increased, and the law actually gave the mafia the perfect environment for them to thrive.
In a similar fashion, many of the laws that prohibited the sale and use of marijuana are beginning to unravel, and a mushrooming demand is starting to unfold. One person's prohibition is another person's golden opportunity.
More than 80,000 people in Colorado now have medical marijuana certificates, which are essentially prescriptions, and new enrollees are signing up at a rate of roughly 1,000 a day.
With a massive subculture already in place of people consuming marijuana illegally, little marketing is needed to attract customers to the new medical marijuana dispensaries. The market is both pervasive and growing.
But where do we go from here? Is medical marijuana the first step towards the full legalization on marijuana? And if so, how will it be regulated and managed? Where are the opportunities in the middle of all this?
Join us as we probe the future of marijuana and the effects it will have on society.
EVENT: Night with a Futurist
DATE: July 12, 2010 - Monday
LOCATION: MADCAP Theater, 10679 Westminster Blvd, Westminster, CO 80020
DIRECTIONS: Driving Directions
COST: $0, Members: Free, SuperMembers: Free
TOPIC: The Future of Marijuana - Uncovering the Opportunities
SPEAKERS: Jason Lauve, Rob Reuteman, Brian Vicente, Edward Bruder, Robert J. Corry, Jr.
SPEAKER: Jason Lauve
Owner of Cannabis Health News™
Jason Lauve has more than 20 years of experience working with computer graphics. He has worked with a wide range of fields from children's stories and internet radio to scientific visualization, forensics and simulation animation. He has worked with companies including Ball Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, Nintendo, NREL, PAX, Starz Encore, Viacom, and the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, teaching 3D animation, special effects, game design and digital media classes in the animation department.
When the Web was in its infancy, Lauve produced EarDrum.com, a world music Internet radio station that was part of the GoGaGa.com radio network.
He also was involved with the insurance litigation animation and 3D computer modeling of the World Trade Center building collapse on September 11, 2001.
In 2004 he was in a serious accident at Eldora.
Now, Jason is the Owner of Cannabis Health News™, a series of business organizations, and other legal entities in whole or part, that identify with products and services of Cannabis Health News™.
MODERATOR: Rob Reuteman
Rob Reuteman is a freelance journalist based in Denver. He had been business editor at the Rocky Mountain News for 12 years prior to its shutdown in February 2009. Overall, he had been an editor at the Rocky for 26 years, working as city editor, state editor and national editor. Reuteman is currently president of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, a 3,200-member group of financial journalists based in Phoenix.
PANELIST: Brian Vicente
Partner at Vicente Consulting and Executive Director of Sensible Colorado
Brian Vicente, Esq., is a partner at Vicente Consulting, a law firm that provides legal solutions for the medical marijuana community. He also serves as executive director of Sensible Colorado, the state’s leading non-profit working for medical marijuana patients and caregivers. He is the chairman of the Denver Mayor’s Marijuana Policy Review Panel and coordinates the Colorado Bar Association's Drug Policy Project. He was awarded the prestigious Gideon award for his free speech advocacy during the 2008 Democratic National Convention and was selected as “Freedom Fighter of the Month” by High Times magazine in 2007.
PANELIST: Edward Bruder
Owner of Colorado Care and Wellness, Board of Trustee member for the Town of Lyons
Edward Bruder is the owner of Colorado Care and Wellness in Lyons. CC&W is a medically based, alternative health resource center specializing in medical marijuana.
Ed has been an advocate for medical marijuana patients, and has testified before numerous Colorado city and county governments considering regulations for medical marijuana. Ed has been an alternative health counsellor for 18 years and has been a keynote speaker at international conferences on alternative and energy medicine.
Ed gained extensive scientific training studying with the late Dr. Claudia Jensen, a foremost expert in medical marijuana. He is an award winning Photographer and Graphic Artist, and in April began a 2 year term as a Trustee for the town of Lyons.
PANELIST: Robert J. Corry, Jr.
Civil Rights and Criminal Defense Attorney
Robert J. Corry, Jr. is a Denver-based civil rights and criminal defense attorney who has successfully litigated several high profile cases around the country. He is admitted to the bars of Colorado, California, and Washington, D.C., federal courts in these jurisdictions, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court.
Named one of America’s top 40 lawyers under age 40 by the National Law Journal, Mr. Corry specializes in criminal defense and medical marijuana. He is the 2008 recipient of the SAFER/Sensible Colorado “Friend of Reform” Award for his work and activities in support of marijuana legal reform. In 2007 and again in 2009, Mr. Corry was instrumental in successful hearings and litigation to defeat proposals that would have limited patient access to medical marijuana. He has obtained a number of “not guilty” verdicts and dismissals in criminal prosecutions involving marijuana, and has obtained his clients’ medical marijuana back from police after seizure. He currently represents and consults with a number of dispensaries and caregivers involved with medical marijuana.
Mr. Corry previously served as Majority Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee and Constitution Subcommittee in Washington, D.C., and was a staff attorney with the Pacific Legal Foundation in Sacramento, California.
Mr. Corry earned his law degree from Stanford University, where he was named “Stanford Man of the Year” for his successful legal efforts to overturn the university’s Speech Code. At Stanford, he served as President of the Stanford Federalist Scoiety, Managing Editor of the Stanford Environmental Law Journal, a writer for the alternative student newspaper, and was the top vote-getter to represent the Stanford Law School in the Student Senate.
Mr. Corry’s national media appearances include the Oprah Winfrey Show, Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, CNN, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The L.A. Times. In 2009, national commentators, including Bill O’Reilly and Nat Hentoff, have featured his legal advocacy in their analysis. He regularly appears in the Denver media, including The Denver Post, for his expertise on the U.S. Constitution and legal trends. He also frequently teaches Continuing Legal Education courses to attorneys focusing on his areas of expertise.
6:30 - 7:00 - Registration and networking
7:00 - 7:15 - Announcements and introductions
7:15 - 8:00 - The Future of Marijuana - Jason Lauve
8:00 - 8:45 - Panel discussion
8:45 - 9:00 - Networking
9:00 - Thank you for coming