In this atmosphere of progress and compassion, the Alabama Medical Marijuana Coalition and its supporters — who have played an integral part in this shift — is holding the first-ever North Alabama Marijuana Conference & Fundraiser on Saturday, May 18, from noon until 8 p.m. CDT in Huntsville, Alabama.
“Although we are pleased that the issue has gained momentum in Alabama, we feel like we can do more,” AMMJC President Chris Butts told Toke Signals on Monday evening. “We hope that by doing larger fundraising events, we can draw even more interest from the media and, by proxy, the public, as well as from our elected officials.”
Butts told us he was humbled by the response from so many people who jumped at the chance to be a part of the event.
“We have folks with life-altering diseases donating their time and talent to make this thing happen,” Butts said. “People who have never touched marijuana, but have seen the benefits personally, are pitching in.”
“Activism is the key to marijuana law reform,” said activist James Bell of Atlanta, Georgia, who is scheduled to speak at the Conference on Saturday afternoon. “I’m excited to be a guest at the North Alabama Medical Marijuana Conference to talk about how individuals can bring about reform and how important it is for each of us to support organizations that work for legalization.”
“For the first time in more than 20 years of activism, I sense a change in public sentiment on the issue of legalization,” Bell told Toke Signals Monday morning. “We must seize the opportunity and demand lawmakers change these laws.
“At some point one of the Southern states will be the first to pass reform legislation which will cause a domino effect throughout the Southeast,” Bell predicted. “We must look at our movement as a regional effort.
“Together we will change these laws,” Bell said. “Together we will reverse decades of prohibition that has caused so much harm and misery. They can no longer justify marijuana prohibition.
“It will be our pleasure to work with our friends in Alabama,” Bell said.
Toke Signals scribe Steve Elliott, is also scheduled to speak at the event.
“It will be my honor to speak to my Alabama home folks about the importance of marijuana law reform,” Elliott said Monday evening. “Change is coming to Alabama, and it’s coming sooner rather than later. Decades of lies about marijuana are about to be swept aside by the most powerful force in the universe: the truth.
“Sick and suffering people in my home state are tired of being offered only the harsh pharmaceutical pills which put money in Big Pharma’s pocket, when cannabis is demonstrably safer and more effective for many conditions,” Elliott said. “The cat is out of the bag — the people of Alabama, and citizens everywhere else, aren’t going to settle for Reefer Madness lies anymore. Cannabis is medicine, and we won’t stop until every person who needs it has safe access.”
There will be plenty of fun to be had, along with all the valuable cannabis information. A meet-and-greet with free food will begin at noon and continue until 1:15 p.m. AMMJC President Chris Butts will speak at 1:15 p.m. on “At Atmosphere Of Unity,” followed by James Bell at 2 p.m.; another speaker will follow at 2:40 p.m.
Cannabis trivia — with prizes — will be held at 3:20 p.m., and a 30-minute break will be taken from 3:50 until 4:20 p.m.
“It’s going to be a great day and a great event,” Butts said. “We may even have a surprise or two.”
“There will be free food and refreshments served, prize drawings, fun and games, and live entertainment by Acoustify and Laura Lynn Hardy, including special guest speakers Steve Elliott, James Bell, and Chris Butts,” said Cristie Lynn Clark of AMMJC. “There is a $10 entry fee at the door. Bring your family and friends and stay all day!
“We would like to give a big THANK YOU to our sponsors: Tie-Dyes by Jim, Still Smokin’, Alabama Dancing Bear, Baskin-Robbins, and Execuplex Mini Storage,” Clark said. “If your company would like to get involved, please contact me to find out what YOU can do to help!”
The Conference will be held at 1004-C Oster Drive, Huntsville, AL 35816, beginning at 12 noon and continuing until 8 p.m., Saturday, May 18.
|Noon – 1:15 – Meet and greet, food
1:15 – 1:50 – Chris Butts, “An Atmosphere Of Unity”
2:00 – 2:30 – James Bell
2:40 – 3:10 – Speaker
3:20 – 3:50 – Trivia – with prizes
3:50 – 4:20 – BREAK
4:25- 4:55 – Steve Elliott, “Fight Back With The Facts”
5:00 – 6:00 – Band – Acoustify
6:00 – 7:00 – Musician – Laura Lynn Hardy
Closing – Thank you from AMMJC