Medical Marijuana Advocates Address General Assembly

Cannabis Rally Follows Governor's State-of-the-State Speech

Mile High NORML Cannabis Rally

Thurs., Jan. 14, 2010
11:30am - 2:00pm
Lincoln Park
Across the street from the West Steps of the Capitol Building
200 E. Colfax, Denver, CO

Free "I'm a Patient and I Vote" stickers will be given to the first 300 patients, compliments of the Cannabis Therapy Institute.

[Denver] -- On January 14, Colo. Gov. Bill Ritter will give his final State-of-the-State address to the full General Assembly at 11:00am in the state Capitol Building.

Afterwards, cannabis activists will gather for a rally in Lincoln Park, facing the Capitol, and give their own address to the General Assembly on the cannabis situation in Colorado. This year, the state legislature is going to try to gut the Constitutional amendment that gave patients in Colorado the right to use cannabis as medicine. Under the guise of "regulation", there are at least two proposals that greatly estrict patients' access to their Consitutionally-protected medicine. Patients, caregivers and advocates are called upon to unite to protect the Colorado Constitution and defend Colorado's patients.

Spread the word! Lobbying tours of the Capitol will follow the rally, so this will be an opportunity for you to meet your state lawmaker and urge them to vote "No" on all the medical marijuana restrictive "regulation" bills.


11:30 - 11:45 AM

Shawn Hauser
DU Law Student and President of the newly-formed DU N.O.R.M.L

12:00 - 12:10 PM

Attorney Rob Corry
Experienced medical marijuana and civil liberties lawyer
President of the Colorado Wellness Association, a business association committed to creating a fair and ethical regulatory framework for the State’s wellness and medical cannabis community.

12:10 - 12:15 PM

Morgan Gale, medical cannabis patient
Diagnosed with HI+ at the age of four in 1992, Morgan finds relief from the consumption of cannabis.

12:15 - 12:20 PM

Mason Tvert
Executive Director S.A.F.E.R. and member of the Denver Marijuana review policy panel

12:20 - 12:30 PM

Carlos Valverde
Executive Director Colorado Progressive Coalition

12:30 - 12:40 PM

Warren Edson
Defense and Marijuana Law Attorney

12:40 - 12:50 PM

Brian Vicente
Executive Director for Sensible Colorado

12:50 - 1:00 PM

Dr. Bob Melamede
Associate Professor UCCS and CEO/President of Cannabis Science Inc (CBIS)

1:00 - 1:10 PM

Former State Sen. Bob Hagedorn
Bob Hagedorn was elected to the Colorado Senate as a Democrat twice once in 2000 and again in 2004

1:10 - 1:20 PM

Paul Saurini
Host of the Marijuana Radio Show

1:20 - 1:25 PM

Laura Kriho, Public Relations Coordinator
Cannabis Therapy Institute

1:25 - 1:30 PM

Rev. James Marks
THC Ministry of Boulder

1:30 - 1:40 PM

Tim Martin
Host of the John Doe Radio Show

This event is sponsored by: Mile High NORML

Event Coordinators:
Miguel Lopez, 720-338-8766,
Scott Greene,

Mo Gale - Brief Biography
Mo (Morgan) Gale received his HIV+ diagnosis at the age of four on March 17, 1992 , his mother's birth day. He and his sister Alora were diagnosed two weeks after their mother Linda Brosio was diagnosed. The only member of the family to escape the disease was their father Gary Gale.

His first major encounter with discrimination came in a kindergarten class at a church preschool. After his parents did an educational presentation about HIV, enough parents removed their children from the school that it closed.

Stigma and taunting became a serious problem in the fifth grade as a group of older boys insulted his deceased mother's personal behavior which they said caused her infection and his.

Small stature is a frequent problem for kids with HIV. At 12 yrs old, Mo was generally thought of and treated as an 8 yr. old by those who didn't know him and that upset him greatly. His desire to be taller was so strong that he began injecting himself with human growth hormone nightly in the abdomen and thigh. He soon started growing and had a huge improvement.

Mo began speaking about HIV at middle and high schools when he was in the sixth grade and continued into the eighth grade in association with the Boulder Country AIDS Project. Mo not only told his story to thousands of students, he also began leading the HIV 101 part of the presentations as well. He again ran into stigma and taunting while visiting someone at another middle school after hours and resulted in his stopping all public speaking in his home town. He resumed speaking at schools during his sophomore year of high school

Speaking out about treatment issues became a regular event at national HIV conferences dealing with youth. He frequently confronted doctors during group discussions on issues concerning medications, side effects, regimens and misleading statements intended to persuade positive kids to believe things that his experiences as well as those of his peers didn't support.