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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JULY 25, 2002
1:14 PM
CONTACT:  Marijuana Policy Project
Bruce Mirken,  202-462-5747 x113
Save the Date: MPP to Co-host National Conference
November 8-10
Bill Maher Among Celebrities Scheduled to Appear
 
WASHINGTON - July 25 - The Marijuana Policy Project, in conjunction with Students for Sensible Drug Policy, will hold its first national conference November 8-10 in Anaheim, California. The conference will feature a variety of celebrity guests, including comedian Bill Maher, the outspoken host of ABC's recently canceled "Politically Incorrect."

Many speakers will focus on the November general election, which will occur just three days prior. "This will be a hugely important election year for drug policy in general and marijuana policy in particular," said MPP Executive Director Robert Kampia. "Nevada voters will decide whether or not to remove the threat of arrest for adults who use marijuana responsibly. A somewhat different marijuana initiative is likely to be on the ballot in Arizona, and medical marijuana will be voted on in Washington, D.C. Michigan and Ohio will decide on measures to provide treatment rather than jail for many nonviolent drug offenders, and South Dakota will consider the issue of industrial hemp -- a completely benign product caught up in `Drug War' hysteria.

"This may well be the year that voters `just say no' to the cruelest, most harmful `Drug War' policies," Kampia added. "With major changes already announced in England and under consideration in Canada, 2002 is likely to mark the beginning of the end of our nation's failed war on drugs."

Numerous entertainment industry notables are expected to attend. Maher will speak at a special benefit for MPP and SSDP, joined by John Fugelsang, known for his appearances on "America's Funniest Home Videos" and on VH1. Also confirmed are actor and singer Michelle Phillips, who first rose to fame as a member of the Mamas and the Papas, and producer Aaron Russo, whose films -- including "Trading Places" and "The Rose" -- have garnered six Academy Award nominations.

WHAT: MPP and SSDP National Conference

WHEN: Nov. 8-10, 2002

WHERE: Hilton Anaheim Hotel
777 W. Convention Way
Anaheim, CA 92802

REGISTRATION INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT
http://www.mpp.org/conference

The Marijuana Policy Project works to minimize the harm associated with marijuana -- both the consumption of marijuana and the laws that are intended to prohibit such use. MPP believes that the greatest harm associated with marijuana is imprisonment. To this end, MPP focuses on removing criminal penalties for marijuana use, with a particular emphasis on making marijuana medically available to seriously ill people who have the approval of their doctors. For more information, please visit http://www.mpp.org .

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