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Vote For Ethan Nadelmann For The 2014 Cannabis Business Awards

On Wednesday December 10, 2014, the Cannabis Business Awards will be held in Denver, Colorado. There are several categories, with several nominees, and I’m urging all TWB readers to vote for Ethan Nadelmann for ‘Most Influential Individual.’ When I think of the most influential person in the marijuana world, it hands down has to be Ethan Nadelmann. It’s not even a contest in my opinion. I don’t want to take away from others that are nominated for that category, but Ethan Nadelmann stands above them all.

You can vote at this link here, and I urge you to vote early and often. I don’t know if you can only vote once, or once a day, or what the limit is, so vote as many times as you can for Ethan until it won’t let you do it anymore. One of the most riveting speeches I’ve ever seen was the speech that Ethan Nadelmann gave at a ‘TED Talks’ event. That video is below:

Below is a brief bio for Ethan Nadelmann, courtesy of his profile page on the Drug Policy Alliance’s website:

Ethan Nadelmann is the founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, the leading organization in the United States promoting alternatives to the war on drugs. Nadelmann received his B.A., J.D., and Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard as well as a Masters’ degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and taught at Princeton University for seven years. He has authored two books – Cops Across Borders and (with Peter Andreas) Policing The Globe – and his writings have appeared in most major media outlets in the U.S. as well as top academic journals (e.g., Science, International Organization), policy journals (Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Washington Quarterly,Public Interest) and political publications from the right (National Review) to the left (The Nation).  He is interviewed frequently by media, including The Colbert Report,The O’Reilly Factor, Real Time with Bill Maher, and news programs on all the major U.S. networks as well as dozens of networks elsewhere.

Nadelmann and his colleagues have played pivotal roles in most of the major drug policy reform ballot initiative campaigns in the United States on issues ranging from medical marijuana and marijuana legalization to prison reform, drug treatment and reform of asset forfeiture laws. They also have reformed state and federal laws involving drug sentencing, access to sterile syringes to reduce HIV/AIDS, access to drug treatment, prevention of overdose fatalities, and all aspects of marijuana policy.  Nadelmann also plays a key role as drug policy advisor to George Soros and other prominent philanthropists as well as elected officials ranging from mayors, governors and state and federal legislators in the U.S. to presidents and cabinet ministers outside the U.S.

If you would like to attend the 2014 Cannabis Business Awards, you can buy tickets at this link here.

  • huge hug

    Well Mn can use his expertise. I hope he is helpful with whatever Mn is upto

  • Ron G.

    Absolutely; Nadelmann is an advocacy hero. Without mainstream activists like him, we wouldn’t be where we are. Trying to convince the world to embrace stoner culture was a losing proposition, which Paul Stanford demonstrated for three elections running. The only way to sell legalization to the majority was to convince them that whatever they think about drugs, prohibition is worse.

    To do that, he has fastidiously avoided advocating for weed. In fact, in the context of your essay a few days back on respecting stoner culture, he’s one of the suits on the bus–and you’re under it. I guarantee, he’d make a face like someone just farted if he heard this sentence (which you’ll probably recognze): “All of my friends and family that are true die hard marijuana fans spend just about every dollar of their disposable income on marijuana and marijuana products.”

    Legalization wouldn’t even be an issue if it weren’t for people like you and me, fueling consumer demand. If the demographics are anything like alcohol consumption (and I have no doubt they are), then ten percent of users account for well over half of sales. That means, from an economic standpoint, serious stoners built the demand side of this industry.

    We’ll continue to do that, but don’t expect any pats on the back. In fact, get ready to be mocked and vilified like a lush on a bar stool or a drunk behind the wheel, as the marketing departments of Big Cannabis try to gentrify their product’s image. They know they’re going to sell more high end vaporizers if they turn their noses up at Cheech and Chong.

    Personally, I don’t care what kind of socio-political manipulation advocates had to practice to push legalization through. I’ve spent decades saddled with the stoner label (or waving my stoner flag, depending on the context), and I really don’t care what people think, just that they no longer insist on my arrest and incarceration.

    But I think it’s worth noting that if you’re looking for respect for stoner culture, Ethan Nadelmann might not be the best source.