One Book Author Peter Hecht will introduce a panel to discuss an era of historic challenges and change for marijuana policy and prospects for a 2016 California ballot initiative to legalize pot for recreational use.
Jeff Jones founded the Oakland Cannabis Buyers Cooperative in 1996, providing medical marijuana to severely ill patients in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1998, federal filed suit and U.S. marshals shut down the cannabis cooperative. Jones brought a legal challenge to the United States Supreme Court. In 2001, in the United States v. Oakland Cannabis Buyers Cooperative and Jeffrey Jones, Justice Clarence Thomas declared in the majority decision that “Medical necessity is not a defense…to distributing marijuana.”
Dale Sky Jones is the executive chancellor of Oaksterdam University, a famed cannabis trades school in Oakland. A former Seattle district manager for Famous Footwear and corporate trainer for Roadhouse Grill and T.G.I. Friday, she became the spokeswoman and public face Proposition 19 campaign to legalize adult recreational marijuana use in 2010. As chairwoman of the board for the Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform, she is expected to play a leading role in California legalization initiative in 2016.
Dale Schafer is an attorney and a former candidate for district attorney in El Dorado County who was sentenced to federal prison for five years after a 14-year-long saga that haunted the medical marijuana movement. Schafer grew marijuana plants for his cancer-stricken wife, Dr. Mollie Fry, who was also sentenced to prison. He was accused of distributing cannabis to patients who got recommendations for medical use from Dr. Fry. He was recently released from prison after serving 52 months of his sentence.
John McGinness is a former Sacramento County sheriff and veteran law enforcement professional. He is a popular afternoon drive-time radio personality. As host of the John McGinness Show on Sacramento’s KFBK News Radio, he offers insights on criminal justice, politics and world affairs. He also is an adjunct professor at Sacramento State University.
William J. Portanova is a former Assistant United States Attorney in Sacramento who directed organized crime and drug enforcement task forces. He also served as a deputy district attorney for Sacramento County. Since 1997, he has been one of the region’s leading defense lawyers, often defending clients accused of white collar crime. Recently, he represented Thomas Jopson, a Sutter County heirloom tomato grower indicted by federal authorities for converting his greenhouses to produce medical marijuana.
Peter Hecht will read passages from his book, Weed Land, discuss covering the marijuana beat for The Sacramento Bee and offer insights on unlikely protagonists who help forge the cannabis story in California.
Hecht will offer a photographic history and a vivid discussion on a remarkable arc in history for marijuana, which extended from the suffering of AIDS patients in San Francisco to the emergence of a multi-billion dollar marijuana economy in California and beyond.
Date: Wednesday, October 8, 2015
Location: All events are held in the University Ballroom, University Union
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The Multi-Cultural Center sponsors a free-film series related to the the themes of this year's One Book, Weed Land.
The House I Live In. September 29, noon-2pm.
How to Make Money Selling Drugs. October 27, noon-2pm.
The Code of the West. November 10, noon-2pm.
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