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2015 DMVCC Vanguard Awards Celebration


Celebrating our achievements and investing in our future!



The DMVCC was formed in 2014 with the goal of collaborating across state lines to achieve regional reform: cross-promoting events, sharing best practices, and recognizing those who are instrumental in pushing forward common-sense cannabis policy.

Last year's Vanguard Awards were held in DC and featured a rollicking keynote address by Doug Fine, an investigative journalist who has published books on the economic potential of cannabis and industrial hemp.


This year we have three honorees -- people who have been truly instrumental in bringing reform to the region, and will continue to lead the struggle for cannabis freedom. Learn who they are and meet them at the event!

Keynote address

This year's speaker is Betty Aldworth, a principal player in Colorado's landmark initiative which culminated in citizens passing the amendment that legalized and regulated cannabis for the first time since marijuana prohibition began in 1937. As the Executive Director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), she will inform attendees of the mission and detail its recent initiatives and successes.

Event Details

The DMVCC welcomes reform advocates, policy makers, legislators, and media. The Highline menu will be available for drinks and dining throughout the event. No need to bring printed tickets, just an ID to check against the reservations list. 

Pre-Party with Reform Professionals!

The DC area is home to many drug law reform organizations, and we are fortunate that representatives from most of them will be available from 7-8pm for networking and questions. Please select the "Reform Professional Meet & Greet" ticket option.

Thank you to our sponsors

S&G Endeavors, Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps, Virginia NORML, Maryland NORML, DC NORML, SSDP, and the DC Cannabis Campaign. All proceeds will support future law reform advocacy activities of the DMVCC member organizations listed here.



2015 Virginia Cannabis Conference


The tides of cannabis freedom are rising in the U.S. and with these exciting changes comes a flood of new information. There is a virtual sea of new legislation, ground-breaking research, and booming cannabis markets to navigate, and Virginia NORML is working to bring the best and the brightest, the top industry and reform leaders to share their insights with YOU at the 2015 Virginia Cannabis Conference in Richmond, October 16-18.

This year, we are assembling a powerhouse panel of presenters, connecting you with key players in cannabis legalization and targeting current hot topics like Women in Cannabis and the Politics of Weed. We’ll cover everything you’ll need to know for the upcoming state elections, and show you just how easy it is to effectively lobby your legislators.

View this year's schedule of speakers

You can be assured that this year's guests will educate and empower you to make an impact in cannabis reform and the exciting world that comes after legalization.

To make the conference easier to attend, we have created an early bird discount and an extended payment plan option this year. Register by the 10th of a month and your conference fee can be split into multiple smaller payments. There are several packages to choose from, so please visit our conference website, register to attend, and spread the word!


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If we could, we’d probably have legal cannabis a lot sooner. After all, 54% of Virginians support allowing adults to legally possess it.

But unfortunately, we can’t put cannabis on the ballot, because Virginia law doesn’t allow it.

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Does Cannabis Science Change at the Border?


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Allow me to tell you about something I do not understand.

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The 2015 Reefer Madness: Tournament of Twisted Reality


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The Young Decision

DEA Administrative Law Judge Findings

DEA Administrative Law Judge Francis Young's monumental decision that cannabis (marijuana) should rightfully be placed in Schedule II or lower of the Controlled Substances Act to make it available by prescription has been held hostage by the DEA's discretion in doing so. Nonetheless, the factual findings of his decision remain permanently on the record, and serve as a testimonial to his honest pursuit of the medical issues surrounding cannabis.

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Cannabis Kills Cancer


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Don't Talk To Police


For all our new followers, we post periodically this great video. Professor James Duane at Virginia's Regent University School of Law is a former criminal defense attorney and a Fifth Amendment expert. This is a lecture he gave at Regent to a group of law students with Virginia Beach Police Department Officer George Bruch. Together they explain in practical terms why citizens should never talk to police under any circumstances. He talks fast so pay attention! And please share this with those you care about.

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Government Gone Wild!


On June 7, 1776 Virginia delegate Richard Henry Lee introduced a motion before the Continental Congress calling for the independence of the American colonies from the British Crown. That motion led directly to the drafting of the Declaration of Independence. 

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The Cannabis Economy

Legal Cannabis is Good for Business. This is becoming ever more apparent as the state of Colorado reaps tax bounty on legal cannabis sales, creates thousands of new jobs, and allows entrepreneurs to apply their creativity and business acumen to this exciting new niche.


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