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The priceless among us - The Awards

The Award Dinner at the 2009 Drug Policy Alliance reform conference will be with me forever.

The award winners are:

  • The Edward M. Brecher Award for Achievement in the Field of Journalism:
    Montel Williams
  • The Alfred R. Lindesmith Award for Achievement in the Filed of Scholarship:
    Jeffrey Miron
  • The Robert C. Randall Award for Achievement in the Field of Citizen Action:
    Howard Lotsof
    &
    Deborah Peterson Small
  • The Norman E. Zinberg Award for Achievement in the Field of Medicine:
    Dr. Martin Schechter
  • The H.B. Spear Award for Achievement in the Field of Control and Enforcement:
    Peter Christ
  • The Justice Gerald Le Dain Award for Achievement in the Field of Law:
    Assembly member Jeffrion L. Aubry
  • The Dr. Andrew Weil Award for Achievement in the Field of Drug Education:
    Marsha Rosenbaum
  • The Richard J. Dennis Drugpeace Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Drug Policy Reform:
    Donald MacPherson

If you met any of these amazing, passionate people, or if their work ever touched you, let us know in the comments.

I will say only this: I know you have our backs, Montel, but that goes both ways!

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5 comments to The priceless among us – The Awards

  • ezrydn

    I’d like to congratulate Peter Christ of LEAP for his award. While I had been reading different sites (this one more than others) in the beginning, I didn’t really get “hooked” into the reform movement until I watched the video of Peter giving the Rotary talk. I’ve watched it so many times now, I think I could recite it from memory. If I can’t, it’s in my smartphone!

    Again, congrats on the award and many, many thanks for the indirect teaching you’ve provided us. It’s truly appreciated, Peter.

  • R.O.E.

    I send congrate to both Peter Christ and Montel Williams. I have followed Montel in his fight for MMJ to help his MS. As EZ above stated, Mr. Christ speeches had a big influence on me also.

    All those in this fight ,keep up the good work.

  • Holy Toledo – Amen.

  • Peter Christ is more machine than man. There was not a single instant I saw him NOT speak and speak and speak. He is fire, and from my fellow Danish reformist Niels he was really one of the people making most sense to him.

    @ez: do you have a link to the rotary talk you spoke about?

  • DdC

    [url=http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v09/n1024/a01.html?102]US CA: OPED: Why Do Humans Get High?[/url]

    [url=http://cannabisnews.com/news/25/thread25176.shtml]New Futures for Cannabis-Based Medicines[/url]
    Medicinal use of cannabis is being discussed more actively than ever. Although prior to its prohibition in 1937 cannabis was used widely in pharmacies, there was little debate about its usefulness to treat various symptoms such as inflammatory pain. Cannabis remedies were well known, publicly advertised and widely prescribed.

    [url=http://www.cannabisculture.com/v2/content/hugh-hefner-thinks-anti-drug-laws-corrupted-america]Hugh Hefner Thinks Anti-Drug Laws “Corrupted” America[/url]
    Playboy Magazine mogul has been campaigning for decades for an end to the “irrational” war on drugs.

    [url=http://www.cannabisculture.com/v2/content/great-leap-forward-norm-stamper-australia]A Great LEAP Forward: Norm Stamper in Australia[/url]
    Former Seattle police chief and LEAP activist Dr. Norm Stamper’s Australian tour has been helping to reinvigorate the country’s debate on drug law reform.

    Dr. Andrew Weil of the University of Arizona College of Medicine states, “There is not a shred of hope from history or from cross-culture studies to suggest that human beings can live without psychoactive substances.” Bees drop to the ground after having nectar from certain orchards. Birds get drunk off berries and then fly into windows. After cats sniff certain plants they swing at imaginary objects. Certain range weeds will make cows shake, twitch, and stumble back for more. Elephants purposely get drunk on fermented fruits…”