Ed Rosenthal, world famous author, business and marijuana expert, will speak about his battle with the federal government over medical marijuana at events throughout Oregon, May 1-May 4th.
Rosenthal, author of over a dozen books on marijuana, was convicted of cultivating marijuana in fedral court, on February 4, 2003, in a controversial case that has attracted national attention. Rosenthal was operating legall under California's medical marijuana law passe by voters in 1996. He had autorization from city officals in Oakland Ca. to provide medical marijuana for medical pateints through local dispensaries. However, during his trial in federal court, U.S. District Judge Stephen Breyer would not allow any evidence of medical use to be introduced.When the jurors in the case, after the conviction, that Rosenthasl had been providing for medical marijuana for patients, the staged an unprecedented revolt. Half the jurors appeared with Rosenthal at a press conference outside the San Fransico Federal Building. The jurors read a letter to Rosenthal apologizing for convicting him and demanded a new trial. One juror described the experience as the worst mistake she had ever made.
Rosenthal and his team of attorneys is still fighting to get a new trial or to asppeal the original verdict. Rosenthal faces sentencing on june 4 2003. He faces a mandatory five-year sentence.
Rosenthal is one of the world's leading experts on marijuana. He has authored books on marijuana cultivation, hemp, medical marijuan, and other subjects. He was on of the drafters of Propostion 215, the 1996 California initiave that stared the medical marijuana movement. Since the law passed he has been invloved in efforts to implement the law locally.
Rosenthal will speak about his ordeal with the federal government in Ashland, Roseburg,Eugene, and Portland. A complete itinerary follws:
THURSDAY MAY 1 ASHLAND/MEDFORD
1pm: Book-signing at Bartlett Street Bookstore Medford
3pm: Press conference, book signing at Village Baker Ashland
6pm: Banquet dinner. $50.00/plate @ Ashland Hills Inn
FRIDAY MAY 2 ROSEBURG
12noon: Luncheon. $25.00/plate. Douglas County Fairgrounds Floral Building.
FRIDAY MAY 2 EUGENE
3:15pm: Press conference @ Eugene Federal Building-7th&Pearl
4:15-5pm: Book-signing @ Cafe Paridiso- Broadway&Olive
6-7:30pm: Lecture: "My Fight With The Feds". $5.00 Columbia 150, UofO
8pm: Banquet dinner. $50.00/plate. Springfield/Gateway Doubletree Hotel.
SATURDAY MAY 3 PORTLAND
12noon: Million Marijuana March Pioneer Square.
3:30-5:30pm: Book Signing and pannel discussion: "The Future Of Medical Marijuana" with: Ed Rosenthal, John Sajo (OMMA2), Rick Szymanski(OCI) $5.00 @VoterPower 333 S.W. Park Portland Or.
6pm: Banquet dinner. $50.00/plate Lloyd Center Doubletree Hotel.
Proceeds Beniefit OMMA2 Oregon State Initiave #31
MORE INFO ON ED ROSENTAHL AND HIS TRIAL CAN BE ACCESED AT WWW.GRRENAID.ORG