Oregon: Congressman Blumenauer To Give Keynote Speech After Portland Marijuana March Saturday

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On Saturday, May 3, nearly 300 cities worldwide, including Portland, will participate in the 15th annual Global Cannabis March. Portland participants will gather in Pioneer Courthouse Square to march at high noon through downtown Portland, accompanied by a police escort.

Oregon NORML, KBOO Community Radio and the publishers of Hemp News, Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp (CRRH) are sponsors of this event.

The keynote speaker for the event will be Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer, (District 3). He will be speaking immediately following the march.

Musicians Mack & Dub and the Smokin' Section, The Sindicate, Disenchanter and Justin James Bridges have joined the lineup for the rally, which runs from 11 am to 4 pm in Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Speakers for the rally include CRRH Director Paul Stanford; Paul Loney, Oregon NORML Legal Counsel; Leland Berger, a Portland Attorney; Rowshan Reordan, Oregon NORML; Anna Diaz of the NORML Women's Alliance; Madeline Martinez of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP); and Oregon Attorney John Lucy IV.

"I think it’s game over in less than five years," Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) said, according to an article in The Huffington Post. "There's no question that we're likely to see another state or two this year legalizing [social] use. We're going to see more medical marijuana progress. The crazy prohibitions on bank services and probably the tax disparities -- these are all eroding," Rep. Blumenauer predicted.

"Cannabis proponents agree; the war on the cannabis plant is a farce, the drug war is taking a last gasp. No political movement in America has made it this far without eventually winning, it's just a matter of time before marijuana prohibition crumbles," said Michael Bachara, executive director of Oregon National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

"All we want is freedom and sensible regulation," said Paul Loney, Oregon NORML's legal counsel. "We just keep pushing for freedom. Whatever groups are out there, it takes everybody. That's the beauty of this country is that there are so many of us out there. There is a group that we can all join and all have the same common cause, which is legalize cannabis."

Three initiative campaigns, the Oregon Cannabis Amendment, Oregon Cannabis Tax Act and the Control, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana and Industrial Hemp Act will be collecting signatures to put social cannabis on the November 2014 ballot. Registered Oregon voters are encouraged come down and have their voice heard by signing all three initiatives.

A bio-diesel school bus has confirmed they will be offering rides to the disabled; they will be parked nearby the Pioneer Square. There will also be an ASL interpreter for the hearing impaired. Come out and have your voice heard!

Who: Nearly three hundred cities worldwide, including Portland, will participate in annual Global Cannabis March.

What: 15th Annual Global Cannabis March

Where: Pioneer Courthouse Square - 701 SW 6th Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

When: Saturday, May 3rd - 11:00am-4:00pm (March at Noon)

Why: To bring an end the failed war on cannabis.

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Schedule

11-11:05am - Opening Ceremony - Dedicated to Jim Dement (Emcee Urb Thrasher)

11:05-11:10am - Madeline Martinez, National NORML Board

11:10-11:40am - Band - Mack & Dub and the Smokin' Section

11:40-11:47am - Leland Berger, Attorney

11:47-11:55am - Paul Stanford, Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp

Noon-12:30pm - March through Downtown Portland

12:40-1pm - Keynote Speaker Rep. Earl Blumenauer

1-1:07pm - Anna Diaz, NORML Women's Alliance

1:07-1:15pm - Paul Loney, Oregon NORML Legal Counsel

1:15-1:45pm - Band - The Sindicate

1:50-1:55pm - John Lucy IV, Attorney, NORML

1:55-pm - Brandon Krenzler, Brave Mykayla

2:00-2:05pm - Casper Leitch, Time 4 Hemp

2:05-2:10pm - Romain Bonilla, Students for Sensible Drug Policy SSDP/ PDX

2:10-2:15pm - Rowshan Reordan, Oregon NORML

2:20-2:50pm - Band - Disenchanter

2:55-3:00pm - Bonnie King, Salem-News

3-3:05pm - Veterans for Peace

3:05-3:10pm - Don Skakie, Washington I-684

3:10-3:15pm - William Kurtz, Washington Cannabis Patient

3:15-3:20pm - Larry Kirk, Oregon NORML/Cannabis Common Sense Tour

3:20-3:50pm - Band - Justin James Bridges

3:50-4:00pm - Closing Ceremony